Friday, April 22, 2005
only in arkansas - take two!
After B.B.K. - I sure would like to see a statue of plain ol' B.B. - Brigitte Bardot! B.B. in her starlet days - but with a seal or two, to blur the lines between eras - if she only had taken to baby seals as much as she had to men in those bodacious days too...! *LOL*
Now there would be a well-endowed statue worth erecting, hmm...? ;)
Last Updated Fri, 15 Apr 2005 19:03:24 EDT CBC Arts
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - The Arkansas legislature has approved a motion to erect a statue in honour of B.B. King.
King, 79, is the legendary bluesman known for songs like his 1970 version of The Thrill is Gone, as well as for naming his guitar Lucille.
The legislature allocated $5,000 US for a monument that will commemorate King's lifetime of singing the blues.
It will be located in the tiny town of Twist – the place where his guitar got its name.
"B.B. put Twist, Ark., on the map," Allan Hammons, interim director of the planned B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Miss., told The Associated Press.
"I think it's very important that the state of Arkansas took the opportunity to memorialize that great American story."
As the tale goes, King – a Mississippi native – was playing a dance hall in Twist one cold night in 1949. Two men in the audience got into a fight, knocking over a garbage pail full of kerosene that was lit for heat.
After rushing outside the now-burning building, King realized he had forgotten his guitar. He went back, retrieved the guitar, and narrowly escaped with his life.
King later found out that the two men had been fighting over a woman named Lucille. "So I named the guitar Lucille to remind me to never do a thing like that again," he once told an interviewer.
Steve Bryles, a state senator, lobbied for the funding because he thinks people don't know enough about King's connection to Arkansas. He hopes it will also spur tourism.
"We want to make sure we do it tastefully," the politician said. "You can make it look like the Gibson [guitar] Lucille model or it could be something really plain that just contains some writing that explains the story."
"Fate was kind to him," said Hammons, whose museum is set to begin construction in June.
"The guitar got a name and Twist was known around the world. It is a piece of American history."