Memphis Bids Musical Farewell To Blues Legend BB King

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‘Long live the king’ chants for icon BB.

Karen Williams and Patty King alleged in documents LaVerne Toney, who managed the legendary musician for 39 years, along with assistant Myra Johnson, had poisoned their father.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Dixieland jazz band walked ahead of a slow black hearse and a crowd of thousands followed as the city of Memphis said farewell Wednesday to blues legend B.B. King got his musical start paid final tribute to the blues guitar master Wednesday, as thousands walking in the rain with his hearse shouted, “long live the king!” “He’s going back home, to this place where, back then, black musicians had a hard time thriving,” said Carver Randle, a longtime friend of King, who died May 14 in Las Vegas at the age of 89. Before the concert, which saw performances by musicians including Keb Mo, Ruby Wilson, and Will Tucker, the sisters were seen walking alongside King’s hearse sobbing. Shirley, a musician who performs under the title “Daughter of the Blues,” said she’s not sure “who to trust” as the fighting has gone public with accusations both sides are after the late musician’s money. “I don’t know who’s doing what.

It’s been really amazing to see the people of Memphis coming out … celebrating a wonderful, loving man.” At the head of the procession was a Gibson guitar given the name Lucille, just like all the others King accumulated over the course of his 60-year career. 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. “This is history,” said Detroit resident Mary Springfield, standing at Beale and 3rd streets. “This is an awesome feeling. This is a legacy and I’m part of it today, and I’m blessed to be here.” She traveled to Memphis for the processional. “Such a beautiful day,” said Memphis native Gary Daly. “It’s a great tribute to a wonderful contributor to the world of music. His business manager Laverne Toney had power of attorney and tight control of his affairs in the weeks leading up to his death and now is the executor of his will. Thousands gathered in Memphis Wednesday to see King’s black hearse lead a procession down Beale Street before the guitar superstar’s funeral in Indianola, Mississippi, on Saturday.

We are sad, yes we are sad but we are glad he did come through this way,” said spectator Carmen Adair Thomas. “And I did get a chance to enjoy his entertainment. Karen and Patty signed blockbuster affidavits Sunday calling for a murder investigation and accusing Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson of poisoning King. The coroner in Clark County, Nevada, responded with a statement saying he was taking the allegations “very seriously” and conducted an autopsy Sunday that would not yield results until toxicology results come back in about six to eight weeks.

He said the relatives supporting the fight probably “don’t like the fact he’s leaving them $3,000 and $5,000 each and then leaving the rest to his lineage for education.” “B.B. did not have a very high formal education, and he wanted to have his lineage go to college, so he set up a trust that would pay for college and other expenses,” Bryson told the News. I hope we’re not going to lose the blues,” said Darlene Buler, who is originally from Mississippi. “In 100 years, there will always be someone in the world who will want to sing the blues to tell of his pain, his money issues or to cry over the wife that just left him,” Hardaway said. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles.

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