Long Live the King: Music Legend B.B. King

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The music world lost a legend today. B.B. King worked harder, played more gigs, and probably influenced more would-be musicians, world-wide than anyone else, ever.

B.B. King

He will be missed. I went to his hometown museum in Indianola, MS. It was so moving, seeing and hearing about all the good he had done for folks. I saw him every chance I got, maybe ten times. I lucked out and had him autograph my Gibson guitar. It’s a 335—he played a 355, but it’s about the same.

Sealevel CEO Tom O’Hanlan with his B.B. King autographed Gibson ES-335
Sealevel CEO Tom O’Hanlan with his B.B. King autographed Gibson ES-335

“I was fortunate enough to play with B.B. a couple of times. Once in Spain for a show called “Legends of the Guitar”, and once in Rome, Italy for a show that was broadcast all over Europe called “Legends of Rock”,” said Chuck Leavell, Sealevel spokesperson. “BB was and will always be a legend, but he was also a true gentleman. He treated all of us in the band with the utmost respect and kindness; he was fun and funny, and it was such an honor to be on the same stage with him. Long live the King.”

Sealevel spokesman Chuck Leavell
Sealevel spokesman Chuck Leavell