I was lucky enough to see B.B. King perform in Decatur, Georgia about thirty years ago or so. I’m sure a lot of you saw him, too, since the man was about the hardest-touring musician of his or any other era. Please pass along any remembrances of your own in the comment thread.
Here are some other blues-inducing midday news/views item:
* Budget-busting defense authorization bill passes House 269-151 despite presidential veto threat.
* Rick Perry to announce presidential candidacy on June 4 in Dallas.
* Compromise bill on congressional review of Iran nuke deal passes House, heads to Obama’s desk; he’s expected to sign it.
* Greg Sargent reports we could see a very rare bipartisan “talking filibuster” if McConnell tries to push through Patriot Act extension without NSA reforms.
* Judith Miller tweet on plans to “sit down with James O’Keefe to talk about the state of journalism today” creating immense hilarity on Twitter.
And in non-political news:
* Bill Cosby sorta kinda addresses latest questions about sexual assault allegations on Good Morning America.
As we break for lunch, here’s B.B. King performing “Why I Sing the Blues” in 1974.