Aurora, IL â€“ Riley B.B. King, a 15-time Grammy Award winner and decorated jazz legend returns to the Paramount stage for one show only, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 15th. In his last Paramount appearance, the legendary â€œKing of the Bluesâ€ captivated a sold out, standing room only house, for two solid hours with virtuoso guitar playing, commanding vocals, intimate storytelling and beguiling showmanship. He reigned across the decades as the genreâ€™s most recognizable and influential artist.
Throughout the 1990â€™s as well as the 1980â€™s 1970â€™s, 1960â€™s and 1950â€™s, there has been only one King of the Blues â€“ Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940â€™s, he has released over 50 albums many of them considered blues classics, like 1965â€™s definitive live blues album â€œLive at the Regalâ€, and 1976â€™s collaboration with Bobby â€œBlueâ€ Bland, â€œTogether for the First Timeâ€.
Over the years, B.B. has had two number one R & B hits; 1951â€™s â€œThree Oâ€™clock Bluesâ€ and 1952â€™s â€œYou Donâ€™t Know Meâ€ and four number two R & B hits; 1953â€™s â€œPlease Love Meâ€, 1954â€™s â€œYou Upset me Babyâ€, 1960â€™s â€œSweet Sixteen, Part 1â€ and 1966â€™s â€œDonâ€™t Answer The Door, Part 1â€. B.B.â€™s most popular crossover hit, 1970â€™s â€œThe Thrill Is Goneâ€ went to #15 pop.
In addition, B.B. has been honored by his peers with eight Grammy Awards. Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance by Male in 1970 for â€œThe Thrill Is Goneâ€, Best Ethnic or Traditional recording in 1981 for â€œThere Must Be A Better World Somewhereâ€, Best Traditional Blues Recording in 1983 for â€œBlues â€˜N Jazzâ€ and in 1985 for â€œMy Guitar Sings The Bluesâ€ from â€œSix Silver Stringsâ€. In 1970, Kingâ€™s â€œIndianola Mississippi Seedsâ€ won for Best Album Cover, an art directorâ€™s award. In 1989 King received two more nominations: Best Contemporary Blues Recording â€œKing Of The Blues 1989â€, and Best Rock Performance by a duo or group with vocal for â€œWhen Love Comes To Townâ€ with U2 fromU2â€™s â€œRattle And Himâ€. In 1990 King received another Grammy for the album â€œLive at San Quentinâ€ as Best Traditional Blues Recording. In 1991, King was bestowed Best Traditional Blues Recording for â€œLive at the Apolloâ€ and in 1993 the same award for â€œBlues Summitâ€. And in 1996, along with Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughn, Robert Gray, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Dr. John and Art Neville, King received the Best Rock Instrumental Performance for â€œSRV Shuffleâ€ from A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
B.B. King comes to the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 15th. Tickets are $59.50, $69.50, $79.50 and $89.50 and can be purchased at the Paramount Theatre Box Office, by phone at (630) 896-6666 or at any TicketMaster ticket outlet. B.B. King is sponsored by NMLP, The Bakerâ€™s Basket and The Barry Family. The 2010-2011 Season is sponsored by the Paramount Arts Centre Endowment, American Airlines and The Beacon News/Sun Publications.
For more information about this show or the Paramount Theatre schedule, visit the Paramount Theatre online at http://www.paramountaurora.com.