JACKSON, Miss– Mississippi native and blues legend B.B. King has cancelled the remainder of his tour due to illness. King is 89.
B.B King. If you’ve heard of the blues you’ve heard that name. He’s a Mississippi man, a blues legend, and has been recording and playing since the 1940’s. Born into a family of sharecroppers in Itta Bena in 1925, B.B. King found his way to Memphis where he kicked off his career as DJ Beale Street Blues Boy King. King cut his first album in 1949 with the shortened name B.B. King and the rest is history.
Fast forward 65 years later, and B.B. King is sick. King is suffering with exhaustion and dehydration, which led to the decision of canceling the remainder of his tour, which had about 8 stops left in New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania.
Rolling Stone reports that B.B. King also suffers Type II Diabetes. The complications of that condition led him to a poor performance in April. King’s performance then was described as “erratic” and “not up to Mr. King’s standard.”
The 89 year old legend does not have any other shows scheduled this year.