The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center officially opened last weekend in Indianola, Miss. A contingent from Memphis was there to pay tribute to the world’s best-known Blues master, B.B. King, who gave us such classics as “Payin’ The Cost To Be The Boss,” “The Thrill Is Gone,” How Blue Can You Get,” “Everyday I Have The Blues,” and “Why I Sing The Blues.”
Blues-master B.B. King makes himself at home in front of a picture of himself during the media day set aside last week for the opening of The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Miss.
Blues singer Ruby Wilson said it was timely for King to receive such a “marvelous” honor. “To do something while he is alive is the greatest thing that they could’ve done. He deserves all of it.”
The bluesman also opened B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street in 1991, the Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, the New York City’s Times Square in 2000, and most recently two clubs at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in 2002.
King averages over 250 concerts per year around the world...
King has recorded more than 50 albums in his storied career. At his home in Los Vegas, he was asked if his recording studio in his home could be used as one of several exhibits for the museum. The studio was photographed and built to scale. (Photos by Earl Stanback) Willie West and The West Singers of Greenwood, Miss., performed at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Miss., during the official opening on Sept. 13. The Cork Singers of Greenville, Miss., delivered a power-packed performance during the grand opening of the $14 million project that houses the artifacts of the world’s most beloved blue’s musician. Eunice Jenkins-Jordan (left) of Marks, Miss., poses in front of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center with R.O. Williams of Biloxi, Miss., Lennie Jenkins of Carson, Calif., Ruby Wilson, the “queen” of Beale Street, and her son, Ken Mosley. B.B. King has defined the Blues for more than half a century. His first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio program in West Memphis, Ark. During his distinguished career, he’s earned more than 14 Grammy Awards. King has received numerous awards including the 2006 Presidential Medal of Freedom Award given by President George W. Bush.