B.B. King Brings the Blues to the People
Feb. 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.''