Remembering BB King

Remembering BB King

THE KING OF THE BLUES,

BB King was born on on September 16, 1925 on a cotton plantation called Berclair, near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi.  Christened Riley B. King, he was the son of sharecroppers Albert and Nora Ella King.  His Mississippi roots stayed with him always, punctuating his music and providing him with a steady “home” presence even as he traveled around the world singing the blues.

This Mississippi Public Broadcasting tribute includes rare footage of the King himself defining what the blues mean to him.

Remembering BB King | 90th birthday tribute to the King of Blues |ACT2

On May 14, 2015, 89-year-old BB King passed away in Las Vegas.  His body was flown to Memphis where thousands lined the streets to pay their last respects during a funeral procession that traveled down famous Beale Street, with a brass band marching in front of the hearse playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

His body was then returned to his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, where fans lined up at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center to say goodbye to the legend before he was buried.

BB King’s legacy

Remembering BB King | 90th birthday tribute to the King of Blues |ACT2His legacy as the “King of the Blues” cannot be summed up in a few words.  The best way to remember BB King is to listen to him.

ACT TWO pays tribute to this American icon on what would have been his 90th birthday.

Thank you, BB King, for touching our hearts and reminding us that even after “The Thrill is Gone, ” the blues live on.

 

For more of BB King’s best performances, check out this article, “The 10 Most Popular BB King Songs on YouTube.”

Remembering BB King | 90th birthday tribute to the King of Blues |ACT2  (Click on the t-shirt image to be taken to the BB King Memorial Museum)

 

by Donna Giachetti

Donna Giachetti writes frequently for ACT TWO. Her blog posts are available here.

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