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Revisit B.B. King's Best Performances

From jamming with Eric Clapton to his concert in Africa, five of the late legend’s best gigs.

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He was a indefatigable musician who played more than 300 shows a year—even into his 80s.

B.B. King—the blues great who passed away at 89 on Thursday in Las Vegas—left behind an incredible body of work, which showed the Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s passionate dedication to the blues music he helped popularize.

Many of his timeless performances are available on YouTube. Below, a few of Entertainment Weekly‘s favorites.

“Thrill Is Gone”

This blues standard—written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell—has been recorded by dozens. But it’s B.B.’s version that endures—and also won him a Grammy in 1970. You can see why in this vintage clip, with King working up an intense sweat and unfurling some of his most melodic guitar licks on Lucille, his trusted musical weapon.

 

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