Riley B. King, the world’s most famous blues musician, died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. Thursday in Las Vegas, his attorney, Brent Bryson, told the Associated Press. He was 89.
B.B The “King of the Blues”, was known for his tireless ambassadorship for the art form, it was built on his refined skill as a fiery performer and a stinging, supremely tasteful electric guitarist.
King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians, and working with Eric Clapton and U2.
The rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.