Perhaps his early 1950s stint as a popular Memphis DJ attuned the Beale Street Blues Boy to the makings of a hit, as commercial success became the Mississippi-born King's constant companion during his ascendance from the chitlin circuit to concert halls. Early chart-toppers (and future classics) such as "Sweet Little Angel" and "Everyday I Have the Blues" started a string of winners that would stretch through the next four decades, including a late-'80s hit with U2, "When Love Comes to Town." B.B.'s 2000 collaboration with prize pupil Eric Clapton, Riding With the King, also made noise at the check-out line. Make some noise of your own this Monday, when B.B. shares the stage with his old Memphis partner Bobby Blue Bland at the Palace Theatre.
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