The King of Blues Remembered in Tallahassee

B.B. King
Posted at 5:12 PM, May 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-15 17:12:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WTXL) - 89 year old, B.B. King passes away Thursday evening at his home in Las Vegas. Known as the King of Blues, B.B. King played in Tallahassee several times throughout his music career.

The general manager of the Moon, Scott Carswell, recalls the first time he met King in 1986, "I remember picking him up at the hotel. It was just B.B. in the lobby with his guitar and a case, and that was it. Just one man sitting in the lobby. There was no entourage, no big fanfare, or security..."

Carswell says he's remembers getting an unusual request while King was in town, " Jimmy Buffet wanted to make sure that B.B. King got introduced to JB's BBQ." Carswell said they had the South Georgia BBQ delivered; and that King enjoyed it so much, the show almost didn't go on.

It's hard to imagine the blues world without B.B. King. King released over 50 albums, with hit songs such as "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Let the Good Times Roll." The blues legend was known for performing up to 200 concerts per year, well into his 70's.

For those who had the chance to meet the legend, they say he was all about the music. Carswell said, "He wasn't there to idolized or be pretentious. He just walked up on stage, started playing, and started singing. He wasn't looking for you're the greatest in the world. He was just a man with a guitar, that happened to be the greatest."