Barack Obama and Eric Clapton: famous people paying tribute to B.B.King

Barack Obama and Eric Clapton: famous people paying tribute to B.B.King

The US President Obama lauded B.B.King as an ambassador and claimed that he brought his all-American music to his country and the world. Eric Clapton has mourned the King of Blues and said that he just…

The US President Obama lauded B.B.King as an ambassador and claimed that he brought his all-American music to his country and the world. Eric Clapton has mourned the King of Blues and said that he just want to thank to his dear friend B.B.King.

After the 89-year-old blues legend’s death Thursday night in his Las Vegas home, Clapton posted a video on Facebook with a heartfelt message that had been viewed around 9.5 million times by Friday afternoon.

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

I just wanted to express my sadness and say thank you to my dear friend B.B. King.

There’s not a lot left to say because this music is almost a thing of the past now, and there are not many left that play it in the pure way that B.B. did.

President Obama stated that B.B. King was the son of Mississippi and noted his immeasurable contribution to the world’s blues treasury.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably should not do.

During his 70-year career King won 15 Grammys and recorded more than 50 albums, which affected a great number of musicians around the world. His record producer Joe Boyd said that without B.B. King the society would have never had neither Jimi Hendrix nor Eric Clapton nor heavy rock at all without them. Then Boyd joked that we shouldn’t hold that against King.

A link to video of King’s appearance in 2001 was tweeted by “Sesame Street”, where he sang about the letter “B” with Big Bird, Bert and Baby Bear.

Rita Washington, the 13th of King’s 15 kids, lamented that he died alone in his sleep and paid one of the most gut-wrenching tribute:

My dad grew up with a broken heart . . . He left here with a broken heart. He didn’t have his loved ones with him. God has given him wings. He’s there with family now

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