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May 15, 2015 10:54 AM

Obama on King: 'That thrill will be with us forever'

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says there's "going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight."

The president issued a statement Friday mourning the death of blues legend B.B. King. He says, "The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend."

Obama says King rose from a sharecropper's son to become "the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world."

Obama says King gets stuck in your head and gets you doing things you probably shouldn't. He recalled how he was unexpectedly drawn into singing a few lines of "Sweet Home Chicago" with King when he performed at a White House blues concert three years ago.

Obama says, "B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever."


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