He really is the king of the blues to me... When I listen to all my blues records, from the Paul Butterfield stuff with Mike Bloomfield to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac to Johnny Winter etc.. You can hear B.B's licks and runs creeping their way into all these great guitarist's repertoirs.. He had/has such a distinct sound and tone that you can pick a B.B. solo out of the crowd, no matter who's playing it.. To quote a line from http://allmusic.com .. "A contemporary blues guitar solo without at least a couple of recognizable King-inspired bent notes is all but unimaginable." Anyway.. This post isn't really going anywhere apart from me tippin' my hat to the great B.B.