Blues Legend and source of inspiration for generations of artists, the American guitarist BB King has died at the age of 89. He came to play several times before the audience of the festival “Jazz à Vienne”.
- 3 France Alps with AFP
- Published 05/15/2015 | 5:35 p.m., updated 05.16.2015 | 11:07
B.B. King played the blues since the late 40s, armed with his trusty Gibson called “Lucille”. His style, elegant and expressive, his singing after the gospel, have influenced the greatest, Eric Clapton George Harrison. In 2003, Rolling Stone had designated third guitar legend behind Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman.
At the announcement of his death, tributes have multiplied, including that of President Obama who said that “blues has lost its king and America has lost a legend.”
The announcement of his death also plunged the organizers of “Jazz in Vienna” in the sentence. He came several times in Isère for this festival.
Extracts BB King “Jazz à Vienne”
With age and his declining health, BB King had reduced the number annual concerts but still give a hundred per year over 80 years. A team of France 3 Alpes had met during a visit to Vienna. He described the virtues of the blues.