President Obama issued a statement read at the ceremony and Fats Domino performed
The funeral for late blues guitarist BB King took place earlier on Saturday (May 30), with the entire service airing online.
The musician passed away in his sleep aged 89 on May 14, being laid to rest at Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi.
Singer Fats Domino performed ‘Amazing Grace’ at the service, while both President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton wrote messages that were read out. Watch the ceremony in full below.
The Rolling Stones paid tribute to King during a Twitter Q&A with fans earlier this month (May 18). Jagger and co held their first-ever Q&A on the social networking site ahead next month’s re-release of their ‘Sticky Fingers’ LP. They were asked by fans for their memories of King.
“I was just looking at a picture of me and BB backstage at Madison Square Garden [in 1969],” Jagger told fans. “He played with us at a lot of gigs on that tour. We last played with him in a blues concert at the White House. It’s sad. He had such a huge, long career. It’s sad that we won’t be listening to him live anymore.”
Keith Richards finished by describing King as “one of the greats”, continuing, “BB was a great guy. He was one of the true gentlemen, and I shall miss him a lot. At least we have his records. Farewell, BB.”