Born September 1925 on a cotton plantation in rural Mississippi, Riley B. King hitchhiked north to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1947 with his guitar and $2.50 and started recording in the late 1940s.
In his 64 year touring career, B.B. King has performed an astounding 15,000 plus concerts around the world. He has released over 60 albums, and has toured with or recorded with The Rolling Stones, U2, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Ray Vaughan. BB has been cited as a major influence on Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Duane Allman.
He was awarded 15 Grammy Awards, a Grammy “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and many other awards, and has been inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. B.B. was named # 6 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of Top 100 all time guitar players.
His classic songs include “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Paying The Cost To Be The Boss”, “Why I Sing The Blues,” “Rock Me Baby,” “Caldonia,” “How Blue Can You Get,” “Everyday I Have the Blues,” “Why Sing the Blues,” and the duet with U2 “When Love Comes To Town.”
Opening for B.B. King is Billy “Stix” Nicks and Darryl Buchanan, featuring music by Junior Walker & The Allstars.
Tickets are $99.50, $69.50, $59.50, $49.50 and $39.50. Tickets available at Morris Box Office, by phone at 800-537-6415 or online at www.MorrisCenter.org. Ticket Outlets with credit card: Hammes Bookstore/Eddy Street Commons, South Bend; O’Brien Recreation Center, South Bend and Super Sounds/TG Music, Goshen.