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6 covers of B.B. King's greatest hit songs

The great bluesman's influence spans generations.

B.B. KingB.B. KingB.B. King, who died on May 14, influenced dozens of the top musicians of the last half-century. (Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty Images)

B.B. King is one of those artists who seems like he'd always be around. But health problems caught up with him recently, taking him off the road earlier this year. He died May 14 at the age of 89.

King was a classic bluesman, playing jams on his beloved guitar "Lucille." In the later years of his life, he'd play while seated, but always pouring emotion into the songs. Here he is playing his biggest hit, "The Thrill Is Gone," in 1993:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fk2prKnYnI

One of the biggest stars who was influenced by King was guitar great Eric Clapton, who posted a heartfelt tribute to his Facebook page today. King's music has been covered by dozens of top musicians all over the world. Here is just a small sampling of the people who have sung the legend's music.


Bonnie Raitt, 'Never Make Your Move Too Soon'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br2RgUPBKUA

We all know that Raitt's influences are all over the musical map, from rock to country to blues. Here she does a smooth cover of King's 1978 song.


Pure Imbalance, 'The Thrill Is Gone'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlSKttLqjWU

The Israeli quartet go all out covering King's hit, including harmonica. They also stretch it into a near-10-minute jam that holds the crowd throughout.


John Mayer, 'Every Day I Have The Blues'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6EF8ZwRhvU

You didn't think the smooth-as-silk Mayer had this in him, did you? He often covers King in concert, and does an admirable job here.


Joe Bonamassa, 'Chains & Things'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnG7SR6kl2w

Bonamassa is an excellent blues singer and guitarist, and he does this jam justice in a concert in London.


Ike and Tina Turner, 'Darling You Know I Love You'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vcmSzQe8Cw

This cover, featured in the soundtrack of the 1993 Tina Turner biopic "What's Love Got to Do With It," was originally King's second release to reach the U.S. In this video, it was performed by actress Angela Bassett, who played Turner in the film alongside Laurence Fishburne.


Aretha Franklin, 'Why I Sing the Blues'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mwmOB-v28c

Last, but absolutely certainly not least, the Queen of Soul does the King of Blues proud.

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