Memphis pays tribute to B.B. King

B.B. King viewing Friday in Vegas before Mississippi burial (Image 1)
B.B. King viewing Friday in Vegas before Mississippi burial (Image 1)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Much of Memphis paid tribute to B.B. King.

It was here in Memphis where the career of the legendary musician kicked off.

“This morning I was crying because it’s just another famous person gone,” said Elizabeth Henderson, a longtime B.B. King fan.

With the news of his passing, B.B. King truly brought the blues to Memphis.

Henderson was enjoying some of his music outside FedExForum before the playoff game Friday night.

“He was just a true legend to everyone here,” she explained.

Memphis though has made sure to keep his spirit alive.

Beale Street was filled with his music, flags around the city were lowered to half staff and the memorial around his brass note continued to grow with candles and flowers.

“We’re happy we’ve had him as long as we have and that he’s touched so many lives,” said Malcolm Burt, the general manager at Memphis Music.

Friday night his shop was packed with fans looking for B.B. King CDs, or just something to remember him by.

“Everyone is coming in. They’re asking for the King,” he explained.

Thelma Adeniyi was one of the many gathered at King’s memorial.

“I’ve been in love with B.B. King ever since I knew what the blues was about,” she said.

To her and so many others gathered at the memorial, his talent was unmatched.

“I used to love to see that man play that guitar,” she said. “Ain’t nobody who can play like B.B. King.”

Everyone WREG spoke to said they’re thankful for the memories King has brought Memphis and the impact he’s left on the world.

“Oh! The thrill has gone away. B.B. I’m going to miss you baby,” said Adeniyi with a smile.

King’s music will continue on Beale Street all weekend.

There are several memorials planned in the coming weeks.

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