Thirteen's American Masters series focuses on recently deceased blues legend B. B. King in their new 1 hour documentary airing on PBS Feburary. Their program is a part of the celebration of black history month and the man born Riley B. King is a perfect subject. The son of a sharecropper in Mississippi, King was born into a world with little money and rampant racism and segregation. B.B. King: The Life of Riley takes us into the world of B.B. KIng so we may get a measure of the man who, though he started out in meager surroundings was not a meager man.
The divvying up of B.B. King's estate has proven to be a trial in and of itself. Despite his family's protestations, King's longtime manager, LaVerne Toney, has been named sole executor of the musician's assets.
It didn't take long after blues legend B.B. King's death for an argument to stir about his estate. Now, finally, the fight over his estate is moving from the newspapers and is en route to the courthouse in Las Vegas.
After the tragic loss of renowned blues guitarist B.B. King, two heirs of the musician's estate have filed claims that he was poisoned. The accusation comes after King's business manager LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson refused to let family members visit the ailing guitar player.
After landing in hospice care with dwindling health, sadly, B.B. King has passed away at 89. King, known for his hits "Lucille" and "Rock Me Baby" died in his sleep in Las Vegas.
B.B. King, as of late, has been under hospice care after being admitted to a hospital last Thursday following a minor heart attack. While he wishes for well wishes and prayers, his family has been banned from seeing the musician.
It's easy to commodify music in this day and age but how about an entire American tradition? In Mississippi, the completion of its Blues Trail is hoping to stimulate tourism in the poorest state in the union. But, for a little juke joint, The Blue Front Café, tourism isn't anything to get down about.
When traveling to the Mississippi Delta to find blues musicians, photographer Lou Bopp didn't realize the kind of characters he'd find. While some won't venture too far into the boondocks, Bopp found some of the last musicians still classified as Mississippi Delta Blues -- and he even took some pictures.
There's something about B.B. King lately, nothing unlike an aging oldie possibly coming into their own senility.