2005-04-01 / Community

B.B. King, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland At Westbury

B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland bring the sweet sound of the blues to the North Fork Theatre at Westbury (formerly the Westbury Music Fair) on Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, select Ticketmasters, charge by phone at (212) 307-7171 or at (631) 888-9000, or can be purchased www.northforktheatre.com. For information, call (516) 334-0800.

On March 15, 2005, B.B. King released his latest album, The Ultimate Collection that compiles 21 of his legendary hits from 1951-2000. After more than five decades of singing blues, guitar legend B.B. King has become one of the most renowned blues musicians of the past 40 years, releasing over 50 albums. “Payin’ The Cost To Be The Boss,” “The Thrill Is Gone,” “How Blue Can You Get,” “Everyday I Have The Blues,” and “Please Love Me” are just some of his many classics that are included on his latest release. The Multi-Grammy Award Winner has had two #1 R&B hits - “Three O’ Clock Blues” and “You Don’t Know Me,” and four #2 R&B hits “Please Love Me,” “You Upset Me Baby,” “Sweet Sixteen, Part I,” and “Don’t Answer The Door, Part I.” B.B. King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Among his many awards, B.B. King has most recently received two Grammy Awards in 2001 for Best Traditional Blues Album for Riding With The King (with Eric Clapton), and Best Pop Collaboration for, “Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t (My Baby)” (with Dr. John).

With a love for blues, jazz and gospel music, Bobby “Blue” Bland has a style all his own, taking blues in a different direction. With his unique sound he is a legendary blues singer. He was a part of blues super group Beale Streeters, which featured blues musicians B.B. King, Little Junior, Ike Turner, Johnny Ace and many more. With more than 63 hits on the R&B charts some of his hits include “I Pity The Fool,” “Farther Up The Road,” “That’s The Way Love Is,” “Call on Me,” “Lover With A Reputation,” “Who Will Be The Next Fool” along with many others. Bobby “Blue” Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and also received the Grammy Lifetime Award in 1997.

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