Mary Marcus: B.B. King Tribute: The Thrill Will Never Be Gone

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I can’t imagine the great B.B. King ever resting in peace.

I imagine him up that great Blues Club in the Sky. He’s leaning into the microphone. It’s smoky in the club, the lights are blue and it smells like booze and sweat and the sweet perfume that some of the ladies are wearing.

Lucille is wailing and Bobby Blue Bland, who went before him, is beside B.B. and they are singing a duet of “The Thrill Is Gone” (one of the great pieces of music ever written in my book).

Some years ago, the King of Sweden recognized Mr. King for his contribution to music. I love the idea of the son of a sharecropper, born in Mississippi, making it all the way up to the King of Sweden, on account of his genius.

The thrill is certainly gone from the world now that the great, the incomparable, B.B. has left the planet. May his soul soar as he made our spirits soar!

PHOTO: Flicker: Heinrick Klaffs/B.B. King 3011710050

Mary Marcus

Mary Marcus is the author of The New Me and the newly released Lavina. Visit her website for more.

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