B.B. King was a guitar player’s guitar player, a seminal force who exerted a strong influence over two generations of musicians.
King had long served as an ambassador of the blues in the rock ‘n’ roll era. He often started his performances seated in a chair, offering a lengthy discourse on the nature of life, love and music before launching into an extended performance.
“He was a beacon for all of us who loved this kind of music,” Eric Clapton said in a video message posted on Facebook. He advised the uninitiated to seek out the album “B.B. King: Live at the Regal” for a primer on the blues.
Here’s what other musicians and other notables had to say via Twitter about King, who died Thursday at the age of 89.