My Favorite B.B. King Story
Back in 1998 or 1999, 97X brought in B.B. King for a show at the Adler Theatre. Maybe you saw that show, or MAYBE you were one of the dozen-ish winners who joined us in meeting him on his bus. It was an unforgettable experience.
B.B told stories ("Aww, Lucille is the only woman I never had a fight with...") and he answered questions, posed for several pictures, and was so gracious with his time that his manager finally came on the bus at 9:20 and said "C'mon B.B., you're supposed to be on stage in 10 minutes !!" I think every one of us felt that B.B. would've sat there another hour with us and not batted an eye! So here we are 10 minutes before his performance, and we're just getting off his bus, and going inside to our seats. I've never known ANY musician that would have been that nice and that calm so close to "show time"!! He was a truly charming, southern man and I'll never forget that day.
We all knew the day was coming soon for him to pass, but that doesn't make it any less sad. Today I say "Farewell to the King" ... perhaps the greatest ambassador to the music industry that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.