Fellow artists shared their favorite quotes from the always wise and often inscrutable King, as well as the best photos of the ax man in action.
Singer-guitarist Lenny Kravitz expressed his reverence for the guitar impresario on Twitter: "BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one. #RIP #BBKing"
Fellow blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd said on Facebook
, "Farewell BB King. You were like a father to me in many ways over the years. The world is a much better place because you were here. Rest In Peace my friend. The Thrill Is finally Gone. #BBKing #RIP"
Eric Clapton said in a Facebook video post
: "He was a beacon for all of us who loved this kind of music, and I thank him from the bottom of my heart."
Roots rocker Jason Isbell tweeted his favorite photo of a young-ish King deep in concentration with his guitar, wearing a shorts suit.
Soul singer Gladys Knight, who had collaborated with King, remembered him as not only an American original but a world-wide influence: "What a brilliant man you were. One who will forever be noted as such an inspiration to millions globally, RIP #BBKing"
Knight shared a video of the two performing "Please Send Me Someone to Love."
Guitar god Slash tweeted an emotional tribute: "Devastated by the passing of BB King. My favorite blues guitarist. & a truly wonderful man. RIP BB."
Beatle Ringo Starr and his wife shared well wishes with King's family.
Gene Simmons of KISS expressed his sadness over the bluesman's passing.
'90s hip-hoppers Digital Underground shared a fitting quote from the King song "The Thrill Is Gone": '"Oh I'm free, free, free now... I'm free from your spell" - #BBKING Free indeed... go on home brotha... go on home. RIP"
Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't known for his musicianship, but he had a poignant observation about what the loss of King means for humanity: "Curious fact that any time we lose a person who sings the Blues, as we just did in #BBKing, the World becomes a sadder place."