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Author Topic: B.B. King on Sanford & Son!  (Read 1752 times)

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B.B. King on Sanford & Son!
« on: June 10, 2005, 02:19:57 PM »
Last night, I happened to catch B.B. King performing "St. Louis Blues" on Nick at Nite's TV Land. He sounded great and looked young; I'm guessing he was about 45 or so at the time. Red Foxx jumped up and sang "Hey, mama! Look at lil' sis'. Out in the backyard, shakin' like this!" It was great to see. B.B. was performing a rather up-tempo version of the song. Does anyone know if he ever recorded "St. Louis Blues"?

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