B.B. King hospitalized in Texas

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) ? 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.

King
had a low fever but was resting comfortably, hospital spokesman John
Coloen said Friday. He said he had no information on the ailment for
which King was being treated, but he and McCarthy said King was
expected to be discharged later Friday or Saturday.

King has a history of diabetes.

Messages left early Friday with King’s management agency, Lieberman Management LLC of New York, were not immediately returned.

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

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