B.B. King, a blues legend who has long been synonymous with the genre, died Thursday night (May 14) at 89 after having begun to receive hospice care in Las Vegas.

With King’s death, a peerless musician was lost but has not been forgotten, evident with the outpouring of support and memories on social media from many musicians, some of whom cited his own influence in their work that helped them rise to prominence.

Related: R.I.P. B.B. King, Blues Legend Dead at 89

Kelly Clarkson, Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg, Cat Power and more took to their social media accounts after the news was confirmed to share their stories and remembrances with their fans, followers and each other.

For instance: “B. B. King influenced everyone in this band, and on a much wider spectrum, rock, blues and jazz,” said Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers in a prepared statement. “Every guitarist studied B. B.’s playing style, and singers of every genre studied his voice. He is a legend that leaves a legacy of great music and hard work we can only aspire to. He was an incredible man! Gonna miss you B.  The music world is a poorer place for your passing.”

Read more about B.B. King on Radio.com


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