BB King is dead – level 3

21-05-2015 07:00

The King of Blues, guitarist and singer BB King, has died at the age of 89. BB King took the blues from rural juke joints to the mainstream and influenced a generation of rock guitarists from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

He was best known for his hits “My Lucille,” “Sweet Little Angel” and “Rock Me, Baby” and will be forever linked with the Gibson Guitars he named Lucille. Rolling Stone Magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time, and until recently, King performed in at least a hundred concerts a year.

He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness and earlier this month posted on Facebook that he was in hospice care at his home. He died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Difficult words: rural (far away from big cities), juke joint (pub that plays music), influence (to change something or to inspire somebody), hospice care (care for people who are going to die soon).



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