Monday, April 11, 2005

B.B. King Gets A Museum

ALBANY, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Indianola, Mississippi, isn’t known for its museums but it soon will be thanks to B.B. King.

The city will begin construction on a museum dedicated to the life and music of the blues legend, who considers Indianola his home town.

The 79-year-old King considers the proposed museum one of his crowning achievements but doesn’t want the building to be just a shrine.

He says only about one third of the museum will have memorabilia and admits he has no idea how many “Lucilles” – his pet name for his guitar – will be on hand.

King hopes the museum will become an educational center where young people can “get the musical training I wish I had when I was younger” and expects it will be the setting for lots of recitals.

Construction on the museum will begin in June but King will be too busy to personally oversee it. Besides headlining the New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival on April 28, he’s on tour until August and will soon be recording an album of duets with musicians like Elton John.

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