BB King was a true gentleman.
I interviewed him after a sell-out concert in Belfast some two decades ago and I was proud to have made the acquaintance - however fleeting - of the music legend.
Subsequently I went to his blues club on the iconic Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee. The southern states’ Tin Pan Alley was the place that inspired the stage name of Riley B. King. When Riley started appearing on the radio, both playing and being a DJ, he was known as the Beale Street Blues Boy. That was soon shortened to BB. And the rest, as they say is music history.
The Delta bluesman made a guitar sing for all of us over his whole career and Gibson honoured him by naming one of their range Lucille.
All Mr King’s guitars were called Lucille and in the dressing-room at the Waterfront, overlooking the river Lagan, he played for me, gave me a guitar plectrum and a badge, both of which are still treasured, along with my musical memories.