BB King to be buried at Miss. hometown museum

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B.B. King to be buried at Miss. hometown museum.

In this photo taken on Aug. 27, 2008, Blues legend B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday, May 14, 2015, at home in Las Vegas.

King Museum in Indianola confirmed the decision Monday as they make preparations for the funeral and burial expected to take place next week in Mississippi. King pursued his musical career with a late 1940s move to Memphis, where he worked at a radio deejay at WDIA, earning the catchy B.B. nickname for Blues Boy. King performs on stage during the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images) Constant national touring took his music to the masses, even as his audiences remained African American in the segregated South. “White people always liked the blues, but they were not allowed to have Negroes in their clubs,” said longtime friend and civil rights leader Charles Evers. With the falling of segregation in the 1960s, King’s fan base broadened to include young whites, and his unique, powerful guitar playing influenced musicians across the R&B, rock’n’roll and blues spectrum.

He was a great advocate of Mississippi and a great supporter of Mississippi.” State tourism director Malcolm White, who worked with King, too, over the years as a music promoter and as the state arts leader, praised the music legend as “the ambassador, the living, breathing incarnation of this thing that we talk about, being the birthplace of America’s music, he’s always there to back up the facts, help us tell the story and show up when we needed him. “He embodies, for me, the blues. King, there wouldn’t be any, fill in the long line of names … Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Keb’ Mo, Taj Mahal, on and on and on and on.

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