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The King is dead.  Long live the blues.

Blues great and diabetes equipment salesman, B. B. King, died at the spry age of 89.

BB (which stands for Brad Barrett… his mother was a W. A. S. P.)  rose up from a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi (“Is this the road to Itta Bena?”) and became the biggest blues star in history, recording songs like “The Thrill is Gone” and “I Like to Live the Love.”

Early in his career a brawl broke out at one of his shows between two men and caused a fire. BB evacuated along with the

King controversially gave the black-power salute when he received his gold medal in the Olympics... I think.

King controversially gave the black-power salute when he received his gold medal in the Olympics… I think.

rest of the crowd but went back to retrieve his guitar. The two men, who died in the blaze, were fighting over a woman named Lucille. He named the guitar Lucille as a reminder not to fight over women or run into any more burning buildings… he learned a little something about relationships that day… and a little something about himself.

Many of King’s early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records (which never really went anywhere after that).

King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame.. and I’m pretty sure he made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Mining Hall of Fame.

King was in an ad campaign for  a diabetes blood glucose monitoring device called OneTouch Ultra, describing how blue he feels from diabetes.  Which was new to me.  I always thought that Diabetes was THE fun-time sugar fantasy diseas to get!

King is survived by kd lang, CC Deville, OJ Simpson, KC Jones, A. Whitney Brown, F. Murray Abraham, DD Cohen, T Boone Pickens and JK Rowling,

He will be buried between EB White and JRR Tolkien, which is near where G. Gordon Liddy, ee cummings, TS Eliot and HP Lovecraft are buried.

This hit goes to:  Nikki!  This bumps Nikki up to 4th place with 80 points!

Nancy Reagan, somehow, continues to live.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Occupy the Casket: 150 – (Sir Terry Pratchett – 66, Lauren Hill – 90)

Tailgating with Jesus: 120 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20, Jerry Tarkanian – 20, Minnie Minoso -10, Al Rosen – 10, Chuck Bednarik – 20)

Jami: 120 – (Diem Brown – 70, Sam Simon – 50)

Nikki: 80 – (Stuart Scott – 60, BB King – 20)

Anne: 70 – (Lesley Gore – 40, Joe Cocker – 30)

Gianna: 70 – (Ahmad “Real” Givens – 70)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 60 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10, Cardinal Karl Josef Becker – 20, Roberto Tucci – 10, Giovanni Canestri – 10)

Nora the Explorer: 50 – (James Best – 20, Ben E. King – 30)

Babysitter: 50 – (Leonard Nimoy – 20, Gary Gahl – 30)

The Girl on Fire: 40 – (Mario Cuomo – 20, Richard Dysart – 20)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 30 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20)

Anne: 30 – ()

Team Sushi: 30 – (Marion Barry – 30)

Mostly Mike: 20 – (Ralph H Baer – 10, Edward W. Brooke III – 10)

Erika: 10 – (Jayne Meadows – 10)

The Mortician’s Daughter:  10 – (“Little” Jimmy Dickens – 10)

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