Blues pioneer BB King is being remembered in the Mississippi Delta as a man whose talent was equalled by his generous spirit.
King’s funeral is being held today in Indianola, the small town where he first gained attention as a young singer and guitarist who had already been a sharecropper and worked in a cotton gin.
One of his sons, Willie King of Chicago, said his father taught him to respond with love when others are angry.
Mike Doster of Nashville, who played bass in King’s band for 17 years, described King as a good boss who was “very demanding but very fair”.
King was 89 when he died on May 14 at his home in Las Vegas. More than 4,000 people viewed his open coffin on Friday in Indianola.