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B.B. King to Perform in Branson

The King of Blues will return to Branson in October.

Blues singer, guitarist B.B. King will be performing one show in Branson Oct. 5 at Welk Resort, the resort and Sullivan Shows announced Wednesday.

Joe Sullivan, owner and president of Sullivan Shows, said King performed in two shows at Welk Resort in Feb. 2006 and said he is excited to bring King back to Branson again.

“He has so much charisma and he has been such an influence,” Sullivan said. “He just keeps the audience in the palm of his hand.”

Sullivan said following the two shows in 2006, he received many rave reviews from those who attended and also many requests from those who missed the concert. Sullivan knew he had to bring King back to Branson.

“It took about a year to find a spot to fit in his schedule,” Sullivan said. “He just tours constantly. He tours world-wide. He seldom shuts down.

“He is a warm, wonderful person. He is one of the nicest performers I’ve ever worked with.”

Sullivan recalled following King’s performances in 2006, the artist would pause and visit with fans while signing autographs.

“He stayed until he met the last person,” Sullivan said. “He is a dream to work with.”

King is the winner of 13 Grammy Awards and 22 W.C. Handy (Blues Foundation) Awards. He has released more than 50 albums including four Gold albums, two Platinum albums and one Multi-Platinum album. His R&B chart-topping hits include “Three O’Clock Blues,” “Please, Love Me” and “You Upset Me Baby.” King’s most popular crossover hit, “The Thrill is Gone,” reached 15th on the Top-40 Chart in 1970.

King has been inducted into the Blues Foundation, Rock & Roll, Performance Magazine and N.A.A.C.P Image Awards Halls of Fame; received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Academy Awards, Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, Orville H. Gibson/Gibson Guitar and more; and is featured on several Walks of Fame, according to Sullivan Shows. Kimberly Crites, marketing manager for Welk Resort, said having King perform in Branson, “It is huge.”

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Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

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