Mississippi bids musical farewell to blues legend BB King

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

As the instrument lay propped up on King’s casket, hundreds of mourners packed into Bell Grove Baptist Church to honour the one-time cotton picker whose talent inspired generations of musicians. “For those of us here in Indianola and around the world, B.B.

One summer night when he was a boy, a tornado howled across the Delta and deposited small fish in the cotton fields and left him in his mother’s arms in a cabin without a roof. Two of his daughters have claimed he was poisoned by longtime associates – allegations dismissed as unfounded by an attorney for the artist’s estate. King is a legend, an icon, a musical giant, a world class entertainer,” he said. “But to those of you seated before me, he is family and for that reason, we and the world extend our deepest sympathy to you.” Democratic U.S. 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”. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, a friend of King, read out a letter from President Barack Obama, identical to a White House statement he had issued on the day of the musician’s death, and from former President Bill Clinton. “The blues has lost its king and America has lost a legend,” he quoted Obama as saying. “There’s going to be one killer blues session in Heaven tonight.” King was touted not only for his music, but for his ability to bring people together.

In his letter, Clinton praised his “simple human kindness and bright-eyed smile he shared with all of us.” He had said in a previous statement that King was “a brilliant blues guitarist and a kind, good man.” The musician, who as a teenager, had a job picking cotton, lived in the area at a time of racial segregation. In 1980, a white radio DJ helped bring King back to play a concert, which then spurred an annual series of “homecoming” shows for decades, which many residents said helped erode racial barriers, The New York Times said. Weeks ago, several of his children had challenged his longtime business manager over guardianship, claiming he was being abused while in hospice care, and were denied. The local coroner said he’d died of multi-infarct dementia after a series of small strokes; the daughters said they thought he’d been poisoned. “I’m absolutely sure it’s absolutely false,” King’s biographer Charles Sawyer told the Guardian at King’s wake on Friday afternoon. “LaVerne Toney had BB King’s power of attorney because he trusted her as much as he could trust any human being.” As for the children, King dedicated his autobiography to them: Shirley Ann, Patty, Ruby, Rita, Michele, Claudette, Riletta, Karen, Big Barbara, Little Barbara, Gloria, Robert, Willie, Leonard and Riley Jr.

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. 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.Sawyer said he published this in his book, The Arrival of BB King, an authorized biography that is now out of print. If she had a preference, however, it would definitely be yoga. “I get the biggest high when I do yoga,” she revealed to the publication. “People don’t realize that there’s such an incredible drug in life that doesn’t involve any substance.” The season-one finale has assuredly left viewers with a wild disparity of emotion—disgust, infatuation and hope—in what was one of the most gripping hours ever to air on television.

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. 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. You Can Breathe a Little Easier: The Rape Storyline IS Over. “This is not a new template for the show going forward,” Moore explains, “in the same sense that if you look back on the first 16 episodes, they’re all different. Each week we sort of gave you a different little movie to look at and they varied in tone and story and what was happening and where they were, and these are two episodes that are very different from all the rest, and going forward, they’ll be different yet again. There will be reverberations and repercussions, you know, how this impacts Jamie’s life, how this impacts his relationship with Claire, certainly those things will continue forward, but no, we’re not going back to prison cells every week in season two.” Nothing Will Ever Be the Same. “Season two will be the second book,” Moore explains, “which is Dragonfly in Amber (by book series author Diana Gabaldon).

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. You’re talking about fine linens and silks, you’re talking about gilt chandeliers, you know, everything that your mind conjures up when you say Versailles or Paris of that era. Suddenly our characters who lived in a Scottish world for all of season one are in that world, so it’s going to look and feel very different, which is exciting, you know. And the story is also different in that it’s much more political, it’s much more conspiracy, it’s much more lies and gossips and double dealing in Paris salons and so on, and building towards a war. It’s all setting the stage for the Jacobite invasion of Scotland, and will history repeat itself.” Tonight’s “Important” Boat Scene Sets the Course for Season Two. “Claire is able to get Jamie to tell her what really happened, that he felt he’s broken, and once the cathartic moment happens, the show’s over dramatically,” Moore explains. “The show’s over, now you’re in what we used to say is the ‘mad dash to the logo.’ You’re just moving to the end. “So what was great about structuring it this way was that then you could cut from these dark horrible cells and literal darkness and metaphorical darkness and then go out into the sunlight and the beach and the open air and the ocean, and the ship literally taking you to what they hope is a brighter future and a better tomorrow.

So it was the perfect way to end it, because you had gone through such a harrowing journey over the course of two episodes and it was so emotionally draining, you just wanted a moment at the end to take a breath and kind of feel good again and feel that there’s hope in the universe and see our two characters back in each other’s arms. You feel good at the very end, and that I thought was very important.” There’s a Reason Jamie’s Rehabilitation Place and Timeline Was Different From the Books. “In the books,” Moore explains, “they rescue Jamie from Wentworth [prison] but then they leave, immediately and go to France, and the abbey’s actually in France in the book, and Claire is helping Jamie to rehabilitate and that’s where the whole story of what happens between him and Jack Randall comes out, you know, much later. “In television terms, I felt that it would be better if the abbey remained in Scotland so you still had the tension of, ‘Are they going to get away or not?’ which could still be hovering over them.

It allows it to be an objective scene instead of a subjective one, and then escape, and then we’ll still do flashback now, so we can preserve the secret of what happened in there as something that Claire is trying to figure out and understand, but we’ll sort of make it more of Jamie’s memory and less of him telling the story to kind of preserve his point of view of what happened there and sort of get to the characters’ emotions and what happened between them through his eyes.” For You Book Fans: Brianna and Roger Are Still Unknown. “Those two characters have not been cast,” Moore tells me. “It’s an ongoing process. I think having her keep touch with the 20th Century life she had was really important to the show.” Ron Moore Does Not Believe Jamie and Claire Are the Most Epic TV Romance of All Time, Clearly Has Bumped His Head. Just this one time. #EmmysForOutlander Is Not Just Something The Fans Are Hoping For. ” I hope the Academy looks at the episodes,” Moore says. “I hope we garner awards. On a personal note: I just want to say that I have had more pleasure covering Outlander in season one than any series since Lost (and you fellow Lost fans know what a deep connection I had to all things Flight 815).

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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