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B.B. King Brings the Blues to the People

February 17, 2004

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) _ Guitarist B.B. King says blues music doesn’t get much airplay on radio stations, so he continues to bring it to the people with 200 shows a year.

``My fun is usually nights on stage, watching the people,″ said King, 78. ``I pay attention to them and how they respond to the music. That’s my biggest fun when I see the people out there enjoying themselves.″

King was scheduled to perform at the Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday night.

He says he doesn’t think his voice sounds very good.

``Nobody sounds as terrible as I do,″ he said in a telephone interview from Jackson, Wyo. ``Some people warm up before a show, but I never have. I get scared before I go on stage. I’m just a regular old guy.″

King, married twice and now divorced, has 14 living children, two of whom help manage his shows.

He said his wish for his children is a good education.

``I didn’t finish high school, only went through the 10th grade,″ he said. ``There is never a day that comes up that I don’t regret not finishing school. If I’d gone to school, I might have gotten a degree in computers, or maybe music.

``I’m still tutoring myself. I still learn something new every day. If I didn’t, I figure it’s a day wasted.″

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