Blues legend B.B. King passed away today at the age of 89 from a series of mini-strokes. He had fought diabetes for thirty years.
“He is without a doubt the most important artist the blues has ever produced,” wrote Eric Clapton in his 2008 auto-biography. Coming from ‘the God of guitar” that is saying a lot.
B.B. grew up on a rural Mississippi cotton plantation and his early life was that of the very traditional poor cotton-picker hard labor blues singers. Influenced by early blues guitarists Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lonnie Johnson, Riley’s first recording was in 1940 when he was only 15.
His most famous hit was The Thrill is Gone.B.B. in 1969 although he produced an enormous wealth of albums.
B.B. was the hardest working musician, touring constantly, spending more than 65 years on the road. He played more than 300 shows a year until cutting back to around a 100 during the last decade. He did everything in excess, like his name,the King, he had gambling, womanizing and workaholism issues.
He was continuously creative, producing ten albums between 1995 and 2008. During that time he won eight of his Grammy Awards, five of them in the best traditional blues album category. In 1995, King received Kennedy Center Honors from President Bill Clinton.
His famous guitar Lucille was made famous by Gibson guitars who created the B.B. King Lucille in 1982. B.B. influenced an entire new generation of white audiences in the 60’s when he was put on the bill of Bill Graham’s psychedelic rock concerts because he was a huge fan.
Married twice, he has 15 children from multiple women and had over 50 grandchildren.
I had the good fortune and the honor to meet B.B. backstage at the concert in Phoenix Arizona in 87 which was filmed in U2’s Rattle and Hum documentary. He seemed like the most genuine, humble man. Apparently he never made enemies with anyone, that says a lot.
Where do B.B.’s talents come from? Do the blues jump out at us from his chart?
Born Riley B. King Sept 16 1925. I do not have a birth time, I have rectified his time to 3:00 am.
B.B. is a quadruple Virgo which explains the hardest-working musician in show business for decades. Virgo is also associated with ill-health issues and intelligence. B.B. was noted for always learning.
B.B.’s Moon in Virgo is conjunct Mercury. He poured his emotions-the Moon out through his music. He was a master communicator, salesman, and a highly intelligent man.
Mars conjunct his Virgo Sun was opposite Uranus in Pisces. B.B. was an original artist and a man who forged his own path and style. This aspect made B.B. prone to ill-health. Virgo rules the digestive system. His passion was work, work, work and perfecting his gifts. Mars in Virgo is also very humble, a servant of the people, he wanted to please them. Mars in Virgo is also insecurity, shyness. These aspects also shows difficulties with money. Sun opposite Uranus, B.B. loved computers.
With his Saturn in Scorpio on the I.C. or most private part of his life, his roots, his childhood is a heavy load to carry. B.B. lost his mother at an early age, there was dire poverty and hard work. He was forced to be mature and independent from an early age. His father or lack of a father was a key point in his make-up. I believe this is the key to why B.B. sang the blues. Saturn is traditional and historical. It’s a black man’s heritage from Mississippi, it is the roots of black culture, it is a way out.
Saturn in Scorpio makes one endure all kinds of ups and downs, with huge emotional upheavals but incredible endurance and will. His Venus in Scorpio describes his large sexual appetites and a love of money. His songs were about love and loss surely a Venus in Scorpio motif.
His North Node was in Leo- B.B. along with his Neptune planet of creativity, spirituality and soul. B.B. was meant to be KING, just like his name. He was a larger than life figure, a big man, a natural star who loved to perform. He oozed emotion out of his famed guitar Lucille. He manifested his spiritual goal of being the king through his heart, his will and his huge soul. He received the fame and fortune he so richly deserved.
B.B. also had Pluto in Cancer conjunct the Fixed star Sirius opposite to Jupiter in Capricorn which symbolizes success and wealth. Pluto- Jupiter is longevity and the people s’ adoration. B.B. had an incredibly long career, reaching so many generations.
Venus rules the kidneys, and the Moon rules the pancreas.
at HIS DEATH May 14 2015
Venus rules the kidneys, and the Moon rules the pancreas. Both of these planets indicate diabetic issues. Venus in Scorpio indicates death from diabetes. Leo rules the heart, heart failure is a Leo issue.
Pluto was transiting his Natal Pluto, that is a beautiful soul returning home.
Saturn Retrograde was exactly squaring B.B.’s Moon, his spiritual, intuitive side, indicating a karmic ending, an emotional completion, at 89 a life very well lived.
For the rectified Time I chose. Jupiter was passing over B.B.’s Ascendane, another regal royal King returning to his eternal rest, journey and learning.
Chiron the wounded Healer is opposite to B.B.’s Mars Sun conjunction in Virgo. A sense of the wounded healer, finally healed, whole and complete in Pisces.
B.B.’s music will love on and inspire generations into the future. The Blues will never die. ” As long as people have problems, the blues can never die” said B.B. and he was right.
Singing, wailing and sounding your hurt your feelings is extremely healing.
Thank you B.B. for gifting the world with so much creativity and so much heart.
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