King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas, The Associated Press reported.
BB King: chairman of the blues – a life in pictures
King, a legend and musical genius in a career that lasted almost seven decades. He inspired Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and generations of other guitarists. His music never lost the weary sound of the impoverished Mississippi Delta where he grew up.