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B.B. King Hospitalized and Reschedules Tyler Concert

B.B. King was hospitalized for undisclosed reasons but was in good condition early Friday, a hospital official said.

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.

McCarthy said King was not in the intensive care unit and that he could be released later Friday or Saturday.

A message left with King's management agency, Lieberman Management LLC of New York, was not immediately returned early Friday.

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, Miss., 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 Bush awarded King the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his musical contributions.

UT Tyler Reschedules B.B. King Concert to June 18

  The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center has rescheduled the B.B. King performance to Monday, June 18, 2007, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, has announced.

UT Tyler tickets for the Jan. 27 performance will be honored on June 18.

The sold-out performance has been postponed as a result of King's hospitalization in Galveston Jan. 25.

King, 81, is currently in stable condition at John Sealey Hospital with a low grade (100.4) fever, the result of a recent bout with the flu. Because of his age it was agreed that he would be kept overnight in the hospital but today he's cracking jokes and eager to get back to work, according to tour officials.

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