Watch Eric Clapton's Touching B.B. King Tribute Video: 'He Was a Beacon'
The video also comes with a listening recommendation from King’s catalog.
Blues legend B.B. King died last night (May 14) in Las Vegas at the age of 89. To say goodbye and reflect on King's accomplishments, fellow guitar legend Eric Clapton posted a homemade video to his Facebook page.
BB King a dear friend and inspiration to me....Posted by Eric Clapton on Friday, May 15, 2015
"I just want to express my sadness and to say thank you to my dear friend B.B. King," Clapton said. "I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years, and for the friendship that we enjoyed."
He goes on to give new listeners a musical starting point for King's extensive work: "Go out and find and album called B.B. King: Live at the Regal, which is where it really started for me as a young player."
After decades of performing together, Clapton and King first recorded a collaboration for B.B.'s 1997 album Deuces Wild. Three years later, they made a whole blues-rock album together called Riding with the King.