Friends, family pay respect to BB King

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Friends, family pay respect to B.B. King.

The sharecropper-turned-Rock Hall of Fame member, who won more than a dozen Grammys over the course of his career, died May 14 at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 89. “(King) never really left Mississippi,” his biographer, Dick Waterman told the Clarion-Ledger. “He went to the Kennedy Center Awards, he went Scandinavia for the Polar Music Prize, whatever the accolade, he took the poor of Mississippi with him so they could have joy in his accomplishments.” On Friday, fans stood in line for hours to pay their respects at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, where King was laid out in a purple satin shirt and a floral tuxedo jacket, flanked by two black Gibson guitars, the New York Times reports.

King’s casket during a public viewing.AP King’s funeral is Saturday in Indianola — the small town where he first gained attention as a young singer and guitarist who already had been a sharecropper and worked in a cotton gin. The 78-year-old Guy was among more than 4,000 people who filed past King’s open casket at the museum Friday, the eve of the blues legend’s funeral in the Mississippi Delta. There was a period in the 1960s and ’70s when King avoided Indianola, annoyed that he and his band were not allowed to eat at a local restaurant or stay in the motel when they passed through during the segregated 1960s.

A public viewing and invitation-only memorial service were held in that city before his body was flown to Memphis, Tennessee, for a tribute Wednesday. One was fellow blues star Buddy Guy, who regretted that his first visit came after his friend’s death. “His left hand was a special effect,” Guy explained to the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger’s Jacob Threadgill, describing King’s trademark string-bending move that made his guitar sound like it was singing. “Now we have to buy it and press it with our foot to get that because nobody can do that like him.” “Guitar players when he came along and myself, you could count them on one hand. CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The future of a company that Atlantic City’s former mayor gave $3 million to run a loan program that has yet to make a loan is being sorted out in two courts.

If you knew how to play guitar, you stood out like a sore thumb… When the British started playing the blues and thought it was something new, that’s when B.B. King’s public viewing Friday was almost like a state funeral, with Mississippi Highway Patrol officers in dress uniform standing at each end of the casket. Two of his black electric guitars — each named Lucille — stood among sprays of flowers. “He was very demanding but very fair,” Doster said Friday as he waited for King’s casket to be wheeled out of the museum after the public viewing in Indianola.

Throughout the 1980s, white and black residents worked together to plan annual “homecoming” shows, and a 1983 interracial cocktail party in King’s honor is remembered by many as a moment of racial healing for the community, the Times reports. Federal Magistrate Judge Anne Marie Donio warned Drummon’s lawyer, Felix Gonzalez, that his client may be sanctioned if he doesn’t deliver all of the relevant information that he has about the operations of the Tennessee Business and Industrial Development Corp. A review by The Associated Press found that most of the city’s money was used to buy that company and that Drummon’s company is partially owned by the family of one of former Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford’s aides. Tom Monahan, an attorney for Atlantic City, told the judge that he had obtained additional information through subpoenas that Drummon failed to turn over.

Gonzalez and Monahan both said they had been told that federal investigators have been looking into the case and Gonzalez said Drummon may exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Stanton III’s office said 48-year-old Anthony Caruso used his New Jersey-based shipping and logistics company, CSA Group, to ship packages under a different account with more favorable rates. Harp players Doc Browning, right, Oliver Brown, center, both of Texas join Tommy Fairley of Collins, Miss., in playing while waiting to file past B.B. The government said Caruso gave customers a shipping discount through CSA Group but rebilled their packages to dormant Department of Defense sub-accounts to take advantage of larger discount rates, enabling him to keep the difference.

Police said David “Junior” Hernandez was found in a wooded area and died at the scene Thursday after CSX Railroad reported that a train had hit a pedestrian.

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