B.B. King: September 16, 1925–May 14, 2015

William R. Ferris with B.B. King in Frankfurt, Germany, 1977.

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B.B. King: September 16, 1925–May 14, 2015

by William R. Ferris
Southern Cultures, Vol. 21, No. 3: Music

"Wherever there is suffering, wherever loneliness, wherever love is felt, your spirit, your voice, your music will be heard."

You touched our hearts in such enduring ways. I first heard “The Thrill Is Gone,” when I applied for Conscientious Objector status at Fort Bragg in December 1969. Your song bonded that moment in my memory, and those feelings return each time I hear it.