Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), aka, BB King died yesterday and left a hole in the world.
BB King became one with his Gibson ES-355 guitar (his beloved Lucille) when he played, as was frequently hailed during his lifetime; the man and the instrument fused into a single musical entity. It was this, the inseparable nature of the bond between the man and his guitar, and the intensity of his perfomance that I tried to capture in this 1994 drawing I did of him. I had sometime previously found some black rag handmade paper and hadn’t at the time found a use for it. While listening to the radio, BB came on doing what only he could do. That was all the inspiration I needed.
Farewll, BB. Another Great leaves us the poorer.