89. I first heard of King while visiting my cousin Burl, who at that time (1970) was a DJ at KOL. Burl was visiting family and was talking about seeing King in concert. He spoke about how great King was.
Years later, King would release the hit "The Thrill Is Gone". I got to see King in concert at Bumbershoot in Seattle, 20 some years ago. King had been suffering from type II diabetes.