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Throngs expected to pay respects to blues legend B.B. King in Las Vegas
Throngs expected to pay respects to blues legend B.B. King in Las Vegas

Like loyal roadies scrambling about a stage, the staff at the Palm Mortuary west of the Strip rushed this week to ensure that B.B. King’s last big public appearance comes off without a hitch. They’ve cleaned the chapel carpet, mapped out security, researched their duties and answered the phone calls that haven’t stopped coming from grieving music aficionados worldwide. For fans, the thrill was gone along with their idol. On Friday, the body of blues legend King will lie in state as hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of fans file past the casket to pay their respects. In his two decades in the business, mortuary manager Matthew Phillips has taken part in services for...

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