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“They called me the father of jazz" - BB King's memories about his visit to Georgia
15 May, 2015
The "King of the Blues", guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89.
King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.
Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and work with Eric Clapton and U2.
Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months.

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also visited Tbilisi, back in 1979, during Soviet times. The Legendary singer retained an emotional memory of the welcome he received in the capital of Georgia: “I’d like to tell you that the Soviet Union will never be the same. We left ‘em a lot of Blues, over there, and I think they already had a few to begin with!” – He proudly told the audience back home. “They called me the father of jazz. I loved it because I feel the blues have been there before the jazz, kind of like father and son, beans and rice.”
And indeed, the concert was really exceptional – there are still a bit videos floating around in the internet that bear the proof of it. We offer you one of those.
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