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

May 15, 2015

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."

BB King a dear friend and inspiration to me....

Posted by Eric Clapton on Friday, May 15, 2015

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

Look Back at B.B. King's Life and Career

B. B. King Early Portrait
B.B. King a local DJ at WDIA Radio poses for a portrait circa 1948 in Memphis, Tenn.Michael Ochs Archives/ Getty images
B. B. King Early Portrait
B.B. King poses for a portrait in 1950.
King, Clapton & Bishop Jam
Blues man BB King
B.B. King Performing at Farm Aid
Photo of BB KING and Adam CLAYTON and BONO and U2
B.B. King and John Lee Hooker
A Family Celebration 2001
Legendary Ray Charles Funeral in Los Angeles
US blues musician Riley "B.B." King (L),
US President Barack Obama waves alongsid
USA - Music - Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus Tour Performs in Atlanta
B.B. King a local DJ at WDIA Radio poses for a portrait circa 1948 in Memphis, Tenn.
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