Public Viewing of B. B. King in Las Vegas Draws Hundreds

Georgia Jackson (L) of California and Jerry Wilson of Nevada play blues music as they wait for a public viewing for blues musician B.B. King at Palm South Jones Mortuary on May 22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. King died on May 14 in Las Vegas at age 89. (PHOTO CREDIT: Ethan Miller/ Getty Images)
Georgia Jackson (L) of California and Jerry Wilson of Nevada play blues music as they wait for a public viewing for blues musician B.B. King at Palm South Jones Mortuary on May 22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. King died on May 14 in Las Vegas at age 89. (PHOTO CREDIT: Ethan Miller/ Getty Images)

Hundreds of mourners and music fans lined up Friday to see B.B. King one last time at a public viewing of the King of the Blues.

“Sweet Little Angel” was among King’s hits that played softly in the chapel where he lay in an open casket flanked by stands of flowers and two of his characteristic guitars, always named Lucille.

The viewing began a weeklong series of memorials for King, who died May 14 in Las Vegas at 89. A musical tribute at a rock ‘n’ roll venue on the Las Vegas Strip was planned Friday night, and a Saturday memorial at a downtown Palm Mortuary chapel.

A procession next Wednesday on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, will begin his final road trip back to Indianola for burial May 30.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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