(MEDIA GENERAL) – “The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend,” said President Barack Obama after the death of B.B. King.
King died Thursday night at 89 in Las Vegas, where he had been in hospice care.
“Three years ago, Michelle and I hosted a blues concert at the White House. I hadn’t expected that I’d be talked into singing a few lines of ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ with B.B. by the end of the night, but that was the kind of effect his music had, and still does,” said President Obama. “He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn’t do — but will always be glad you did. B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever. And there’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.”
Eric Clapton called King “a dear friend and inspiration.” Clapton was one of many music icons who expressed their love for King’s life, and music.
Kelly Clarkson wrote King’s music brought tears to her eyes. Brad Paisley wrote he loved collaborating with the legend. And, Peter Frampton called him “a great friend and amazing guitar player.”