The music world was delivered a brutal blow on Friday morning after the passing of the “King of Blues,” B.B. King.
Here are some early social media reactions from some of the biggest names in music across all genres, many of whom worked directly with the blues legend:
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This morning, I come to you all with a heavy heart. BB King was the greatest guy I ever met. The tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings… man, he came out with that and it was all new to the whole guitar playin' world. He could play so smooth, he didn't have to put on a show. The way BB did it is the way we all do it now. He was my best friend and father to us all. I'll miss you, B. I love you and I promise I will keep these damn Blues alive. Rest well. All my love, Buddy
Eric Clapton took the time to make a heartfelt video:
Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T., who worked with King on his first studio album, expressed his grief on Instagram:
But it wasn’t just musicians who paid tribute:
B.B. King touched a lot of hearts, even the cast of Sesame Street: