Iconic Blues musician B.B. King will be laid to rest in Mississippi next week, Gov. Phil Bryant and the board of the B.B. King Museum announced earlier this week. King died at his Las Vegas home last Thursday at the age of 89.
Following a memorial service in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 23, his body will be flown to Memphis on Wednesday, May 27. From the airport, a procession is scheduled to begin at noon to Beale Street’s Handy Park for a tribute. A public viewing will be held Friday, May 29, at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola while funeral services are set to begin at 11 a.m. at the Bell Grove M.B. Church in Indianola the next day.
Bryant called King one of the state’s “most beloved native sons” in a release, saying, “Mississippi couldn’t have asked for a better ambassador for our state. When everyone from every corner of the globe knows an individual by two initials and knows the state they’re from, that’s pretty impressive and we’re humbled that it’s our state.”
King’s legacy was remembered last week by fellow musicians, admirers, and friends, including President Obama who called King an “ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world.”
Some of the legendary blues musician’s best performances are available here.