When Charles Sawyer met B.B. King at a nightclub north of Boston in 1968, he knew something special had happened, but he never imagined that 48 years later he would stand behind the pulpit at Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church on B.B. King Road outside Indianola, Mississippi, and deliver a eulogy honoring his old friend, whose music he loved, and whose story he had told in the 1980 biography The Arrival of B.B. King. Photographer, writer, musician, leader of the blues band 2120 South Michigan Avenue, blues history and software-engineering teacher at Harvard Extension School (1990&ndash 2017), software engineer at Google (retired 2015), consultant for the B.B. King Museum, husband and father, Charles Sawyer has managed to keep very busy.

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