Legendary blues guitarist BB King has passed away at age 89 after a recent battle with diabetes related illness. He was one of the first trailblazers of blues music and has outlasted all his contemporaries. Up until recently he would play over 100 shows a year with his signature black Gibson ES 355, nicknamed ‘Lucille’, which in his gifted hands has become one of the most famous guitars in music history. He is second only to Robert Johnson as the greatest and most influential blues musician and has inspired such other great guitarists as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Joe Walsh, Peter Green and Gary Moore. He was a figurehead for his genre, the last of his generation and he will be sorely missed.