Wednesday, February 16, 2005

B.B. King honored by Mississippi legislature

Link - Blues legend B.B. King was touched by an outpouring of praise from his home state, including the first major recognition by Mississippi lawmakers.
He also said he wants to open his namesake restaurant on Farish Street in Jackson.

Lawmakers declared Feb. 15 "B. B. King Day" in Mississippi, praising the Grammy-winning artist's achievements.

King, who was born outside Itta Bena, tearfully accepted the proclamations while a packed Senate chamber interrupted the ceremony numerous times with standing ovations. It was the 79-year-old's first visit to the Capitol building.


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