WATCH: Eric Clapton Gives Touching Tribute to B.B. King

Eric Clapton and B.B. King performs onstage during the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Toyota Park on June 26, 2010 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Eric Clapton and B.B. King performs onstage during the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Toyota Park on June 26, 2010 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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.

“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.

SOURCE: Billboard, Chris Payne

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