I saw the news this morning, been reading tributes, listening to tributes,
listening to many folk here in town remembering Riley "B. B." King
because he was a frequent visitor to the Houston area, and thinking about
tributes. Posted a FB tribute and liked or shared dozens of others, watched my
local and international musician and radio friends do the same.
Should have started getting thoughts in order two weeks ago, I guess, when I
had to explain a dozen times or so that it was Ben E. who died, and B. B. who had
been released from the hospital into home hospice care.
Appreciated a simple but good timeline on the life at http://bg.buddyguy.com/the-life-of-b-b-king-an-interactive-timeline/
so will throw that in for the history and background.
Decided that the reason a lot of us here in Houston are feeling this personally
is because so many of his band members came from here. May also explain why he
performed here so often—give them some time at home. There seem to be a lot of
cities feeling the same way. Proof King was an honest-to-gosh "citizen of
I've got just enough time to get over to the neighborhood blues and zydeco bar
band starts, and I can really use a fix of live blues tonight. So a final
thought: He really was the King—and the thrill will never be gone even if he is
in the high cotton now. Thank you, Mr. Riley.
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