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Mississippi Declares ‘B.B. King Day’

February 16, 2005

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Blues great B.B. King wiped away tears and spoke a few words of thanks at the Mississippi Capitol as the state House and Senate declared B.B. King Day.

Lawmakers and Gov. Haley Barbour honored the 79-year-old Delta native, whose hits include ``The Thrill Is Gone,″ during a ceremony Tuesday in the Senate chamber.

King pulled a white handkerchief from his pocket and wiped away tears.

``I never learned to talk very well without Lucille,″ said King, speaking of his black guitar. ``But today, I’m trying to say only God knows how I feel. I am so happy. Thank you.″

He said the last time he cried was at Ray Charles’ funeral.

``That was tears of sorrow,″ King said. ``Today, it was tears of joy.″


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