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#1095315 - Fri May 15 2015 08:52 AM BB King is gone
agony Offline

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/15/entertainment/bb-king-dead/

I met him once.

I was working cashier at the downtown Sam's in Toronto (a record store) on the evening shift, and musicians often dropped by the store after a concert at Massey Hall, which was only a few blocks away. Our third floor was famous - crammed full of old and rare stuff that had long fallen off the charts if it had ever been on them.

He bought a couple hundred records, and I checked him out. It took forever - this was long before the days of barcodes and electronic cash registers - and we chatted the way you do, cashier and customer. Says something, I think, that someone as famous as he was, after a tiring concert, would bother to be friendly and pleasant to the cashier.

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#1095345 - Fri May 15 2015 04:37 PM Re: BB King is gone
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Such a wonderful musician and character. One of the few who can lift your spirits after a long hard day. His cd with Clapton (Riding with the King) may be my favourite ever.
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#1095844 - Wed May 20 2015 03:40 PM Re: BB King is gone
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He always seemed like such a down to earth man, and agony, your story confirms it. In that instance at least. What a wonderful memory to have though.

Pretty incredible musician and he will be missed.

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