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Bluesman B.B. King hospitalized in Galveston

Bluesman B.B. King hospitalized in Galveston

B.B. King was hospitalized for a low-grade fever as a result of a recent bout with the flu, but was in good condition Friday, his management agency said.
"He's doing great," Tina France, vice president of Lieberman Management LLC of New York. "He's in good spirits and cracking jokes."
The 81-year-old bluesman, who had been scheduled to perform at the Grand Opera House on Thursday night, was admitted to The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said Paul McCarthy, a nurse administrator.
King, who has a history of diabetes, was taking antibiotics for his 100.4-degree-Fahrenheit (38.00-degree-Celsius) fever, France said. The ailment in a younger person would not have required hospitalization, but King is being monitored because of his age, she said. He plans to perform in Fort Worth on Tuesday, France said.
John Koloen, a spokesman at UTMB, said the hospital expects to release King from the elderly acute care unit on Saturday.
"We're just keeping him for another day just to make sure," Koloen said.
With his trademark guitar that he named "Lucille," King racked up hits including "The Thrill Is Gone," "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "You Upset Me Baby."
Born on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, King started out on street corners playing for pocket change, according to his Web site. He went on to become one of the nation's most influential blues musicians.
In December, President George W. Bush awarded King the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his musical contributions.
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Updated : 2021-05-16 06:04 GMT+08:00