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21 May 2015

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

The body will be airlifted on Wednesday to Memphis, Tennessee, where the young King was nicknamed Beale Street Blues Boy. It is expected to arrive at the airport at noon and is carried in a procession to Handy Park on Beale Street, where you will do a tribute.

After this the remains of King will be taken by car to Indianola, Mississippi, the city he considered his home.

The general public may dismiss the musician between 10 am and 5 pm on 29 May at the BB Museum King and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola. The funeral will be held at 11 am the next day at nearby Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, the museum announced Wednesday. The winner of 15 Grammy awards will be buried that day in a private ceremony at the museum, which King helped create.

"From a practical standpoint, we are pleased to know that the place where rest in peace will always care for the museum," the director of the institution, Dion Brown said in a statement.

In Las Vegas, where King died on May 14 at age 89, the public may dismiss the musician on Friday 3-7 pm in West Palm Mortuary. Visitors will walk past the open coffin of King, but there will be other during the afternoon ceremony, the funeral coordinator Matthew Phillips said. A private family funeral will be held Saturday at the Palm Mortuary Chapel.

The famous guitarist married twice and had 15 natural and adopted children.

His real name was Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925, son of farmers. His parents divorced when he was young and his mother died a few years. After her grandmother died, so he began living alone in a cabin and to cultivate an acre (4 million square meters) of cotton when he was 14.

After living in several small communities in Mississippi, he moved to Indianola, where he rose to prominence for his musical talent.

He arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, in his twenties, and that's where a manager of a radio station called him Beale Street Blues Boy. After the name shortened to BB, its definitive nickname.

King became famous around the world playing blues with his electric guitar in a style that influenced generations of bluesmen and rockers.

In the press with the plans for the funeral of King, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant called the musician as "one of the most beloved children of the state".


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