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Grieving fans pay respects to blues legend B.B. King in Las Vegas
Grieving fans pay respects to blues legend B.B. King in Las Vegas

As he waited in line to see his lost musical hero, Wan Ali wailed on his harmonica. Nicky Bone Jones worked an acoustic guitar. And Larry Montano came dressed all in black, holding a bouquet of blue roses for the late King of the Blues. It was a final encore for guitar legend B.B. King, a public viewing Friday for hundreds of fans to stand before his open casket and say their last goodbyes to the bluesman who, many said, changed the way they heard the music. They showed up from around the country on a cloudy May afternoon in the desert to wait outside the Palm Mortuary a few miles west of the Strip where King once played. For a few moments, raindrops fell — the skies, like...

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