BB King recalled with love, humor at funeral

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‘Always a rotten apple': BB King, poison and the daughters of an infertile legend.

INDIANOLA, Mississippi: B.B. INDIANOLA, Miss. – Silvan Zingg had traveled more than 24 hours from Lugano, Switzerland, to attend the funeral Saturday of his hero, Mississippi bluesman B.B. King’s early life personified the blues: He was born to dirt-poor sharecroppers in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta and left alone by the deaths of his mother and grandmother when he was a child. “Hands that once picked cotton would someday pick guitar strings on a national and international stage. King have come together at his funeral service held on Saturday at Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Indianola, Mississippi, a town he considered his home. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, a friend of King, read out a letter from Obama, which stated that “For those of us here in Indianola and around the world, B.B.

At the final ceremony, relatives, friends and Mississippi’s governor Phil Bryant were among the guests who mourned the King Of The Blues ahead of his final resting place at the B.B. He’d been with King at a funeral a few years earlier, and he said King had told him: “I want you to pay special attention to the lyrics of the lead song on my new album.” King’s favorite bluesman was Blind Lemon Jefferson, who sang a song called See That My Grave Is Kept Clean. More than 200 people who couldn’t get into the sanctuary watched a live broadcast of the funeral in the church’s fellowship hall, many waving hand-held fans with a black-and-white photo of a smiling King hugging his black electric guitar, Lucille. At the beginning of the service, family members filed past King’s open casket, which had an image of Lucille embroidered on the padded white cloth inside the lid.

Ten days after King died at age 89, five days before he returned to the Delta, two of his daughters signed affidavits saying they believed he was murdered. Karen Williams and Patty King didn’t trust his longtime business manager, LaVerne Toney, who had power of attorney and controlled his finances and medical care. He’d met a lot of women playing 300 shows per year, and he had a saying, according to Sawyer: “If a woman is pregnant, and she says you’re the father, the only question to ask is: ‘Is it possible?’ And if it’s possible, it’s yours.” But Sawyer, the biographer, said King also told him something else, a second piece of information that seemed to contradict the first.

Amazing.’ Country singer Marty Stuart said King created a musical legacy for the home state they share, adding: ‘As a fellow Mississippian, I’m so proud to stand in his shadow as I walk across the world.’ On the way into the church, Mississippi Gov. This assertion had long been forgotten in his portrait of a blues legend now stalked by family intrigue: King and his second wife couldn’t have children, and he took a fertility test that showed his sperm count was too low to conceive.

Though King did not have a very high formal education himself, with his legacy he has made it possible for his lineage to achieve college degrees through a trust that will pay for tuition and expenses, New York Daily News reports. In any case, King took responsibility for 15 children, including Patty Elizabeth King, who later went to prison for cocaine trafficking. (She is one of the two making accusations against King’s business manager; their attorney, Larissa Drohobyczer, told the Guardian: “They have the right to know how their father died.”) “There are always – I don’t want to call them this, but – there’s always a rotten apple in the barrel,” King’s son Willie said in an interview Friday afternoon. “And sometimes you can take hurt, and turn it into something that it should not be. Since 2002, King has been a supporter of music education in public schools through Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and instruction to underprivileged children throughout the U.S. And I think out of the anger of losing their dad, they went to the extreme. “I pray that the public don’t really accept them as an angry person like that, because being my sisters, they are not like that. The Memphis-based Mighty Souls Brass Band played ‘When the Saints Go Marching In.’ Behind them and just ahead of the hearse, drummer Rodd Bland – son of the late blues singer Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland – carried one of King’s signature ‘Lucille’ guitars.

And they attacked the wrong person.” On Saturday outside of the BB King museum, a crew from Wilbert Funeral Services laid down straw to cover the mud by the namesake’s empty grave. The two – along with sisters Rita Washington and Barbara King Winfree, and brother Willie King – first raised suspicions last week during a viewing of King’s body about possible foul play. King, who rose from sharecropper in the area’s flat cotton fields to worldwide fame as a blues singer and guitarist who influenced generations of entertainers. (May AP “He had that touch on the guitar that nobody else has ever had,” Lasalle said. “It was that music that came out of his guitar — ‘Lucille.’ They made magic together. Wanda Clark, the project coordinator for the Mississippi Blues Trail, had taken on the task of finding two white horses in a line. “White horses just aren’t common around here,” she said.

The media would ask who I was when I was with him at different shows across the country, and he would say, ‘Well, we’ll just have to see, won’t we?’ “He loved for me to cook for him. And so a worker found a way to dye the straps, and there they were on Saturday afternoon, holding up BB King’s coffin, chain-like and nearly golden, letting him down into the ground.

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