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BB King Funeral Planned for Next Week

  • Associated Press

FILE - BB King performs at "The Blues & Jazz" Gala Concert at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday Oct. 26, 2008 in Los Angeles.

FILE - BB King performs at "The Blues & Jazz" Gala Concert at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday Oct. 26, 2008 in Los Angeles.

The body of blues legend B.B. King will return next week to the Mississippi Delta where his life and career began.

In Memphis, Tennessee - where King won the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy - a tribute will be held May 27 before his body is driven to his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi.

A public viewing will be held on May 29 at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, and the funeral will be May 30 at the nearby Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The 15-time Grammy winner will be buried at the museum.

King was 89 when he died May 14 at home in Las Vegas.

A public viewing will be held Friday at Palm Mortuary West in Las Vegas. A private service for relatives is Saturday at the downtown Palm Mortuary chapel.

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