LAS VEGAS (AP) — The allegations about how B.B. King came to his end won’t affect plans for his final goodbyes. King’s embalmed body was autopsied Sunday — after a weekend service in Las Vegas and before it was moved to the site of other memorials later this week in Memphis, Tennessee — and Saturday’s planned funeral in Indianola, Mississippi.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Next stop for The Rolling Stones: Columbus, Ohio. The second gig in the 15-city “Zip Code” tour will be Saturday. The tour kicked off with a sold-out performance in San Diego. One of the big features of the set up — a long catwalk that extends from the stage into the audience. During Sunday’s show, Mick Jagger sprinted along the length of the catwalk and across the stage attached to it.
LONDON (AP) — The Pinner County Grammar School in London held a reunion for the class of 1958 and Elton John showed up. John posts on Instagram he has not seen many of his schoolmates in more than 50 years and it was as if they had never left school. While his classmates may have been impressed he attended, John was more impressed that his oldest pal, Keith Francis, made it. John says Francis flew all the way from Australia for the reunion.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King’s eldest daughter is inviting the public to see her father’s body, then celebrate his life. Shirley King will hold a free musical tribute tonight in Las Vegas. A public viewing for her father will be held this afternoon in Las Vegas. Shirley King says when people are done being sad about her father’s death, she wants them to come out and let the good times roll.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The man who turned “Sunshine” into a hit in 1971 is giving a clue to the secrets of his past with his new album cover. Jonathan Edwards says the photograph used as the cover art for his new album “Tomorrow’s Child” is Edwards himself as a child, taken on the day he was adopted. Moreover, Edwards reveals he gave up a child for adoption before his music career took off. Decades later, he has reunited with both his birth mother and the daughter he gave up. He writes about those emotions in the song “Jonny’s Come Home.” ”Tomorrow’s Child” comes out June 23.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — B.B. King will be laid to rest at the museum that bears his name in his hometown. King will be buried at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretative Center in Indianola, Mississippi, on May 30. A public viewing is scheduled for today in Las Vegas, with a private service for relatives on Saturday. King’s body will be flown to Memphis on Wednesday and driven in a procession on Beale Street. The B.B. King museum will hold a public viewing on May 29 with a funeral on May 30. The museum’s director, Dion Brown, says they feel comfortable knowing King’s grave will receive perpetual care at the museum.
NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand has talked about writing her autobiography for years. Now she’s got a deadline. Streisand has a deal with Viking to publish her autobiography in 2017. It does not yet have a title. Streisand has said she wanted to write her memoir to clear up myths that have come up in unauthorized books about her.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Songwriters Hall of Fame will honor not just songwriters this year, but a song. “What A Wonderful World” wins the Towering Song Honors for influencing American culture. The song was written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele and recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967. It did not even crack the top 40 when it came out, but it hit number 32 in 1988 after it was used in the film “Good Morning, Vietnam.” The Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry on June 18 in New York.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Last November’s all-star concert that paid tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd will be released on home video. “Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More For The Fans” was taped in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre, the same place the band recorded their 1976 live album, “One More From The Road.” Besides Lynyrd Skynyrd, the November concert featured Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis and O.A.R. The two-CD and DVD set will come out July 24.
BOSTON (AP) — Sam Smith‘s surgery for his vocal cords is a success. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston says in a statement Smith is expected to make a full recovery from surgery to stop recurrent vocal cord bleeding. Smith had unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that could have ruptured and destroyed his voice. The surgeon who performed the procedure has also done it for Steven Tyler, Lionel Richie and Adele. Smith is hoping to be well enough to resume his tour July 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina.