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Watch Eric Clapton Thank B.B. King ‘For All the Inspiration and Encouragement’

"I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement"

Eric Clapton remembered his friend and colleague B.B. King in a video posted to Facebook Friday morning, saying he wanted to express his sadness.

“He was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music,” Clapton said in the video below. “If you’re not familiar with his work, I would encourage you to go out and find an album called B.B. King Live at the Regal, which is where it all really started for me as a young player.”

Clapton and King collaborated on the 2000 album Riding With the King. King died Thursday night; he was 89.

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