An incredible voice teamed with a distinct guitar style in B.B. King. In this, his biggest hit, King gives full vent to the blues' unique capacity to express world-weariness. Yet in the interviews he granted, King never seemed wearied by the world or his stardom, only grateful.
The first time I remember hearing of King was when he made an appearance at a prison on the Phil Donahue Show back in the 60s or 70s. I was a punk kid, home from school for some reason. His performance was riveting and like Johnny Cash, he seemed to speak straight to the hearts and experiences of the inmates. I was spellbound.
God bless all who mourn King's passing.