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Comedian Rickey Smiley joins the celebration to host The HistoryMakers Year in Review—2003 and walk us through the year’s milestones. He revisits An Evening With B.B. King, an hour-long interview conducted by Isaac Hayes that provides a deeper look into the life of the legendary musician. Meanwhile, in 2003 The HistoryMakers continues to receive grants and goes online, with the help of Carnegie Mellon University, officially establishing its digital archive. The public events continue to draw large crowds as The HistoryMakers honors black pioneers in theater, television, and entertainment, while the organization extends its reach into public education with its second annual Day of Education. By the end of the year, a record 303 HistoryMakers are interviewed from around the country. In addition to behind-the-scenes footage of the PBS-TV tapings and other events that year, this evening program includes a never-before-seen performance by Grammy Award-winning musician Keb’ Mo’ and guitarist Wayne Baker Brooks, in tribute to B.B. King and those interviewed in 2003. The evening closes with the screening of An Evening With B.B. King and An Evening With Russell Simmons.

An Evening With B. B. King - Special Viewing

An Evening With BB King

Taped: Friday, October 24, 2003

This hour-long one-on-one interview program provided a rare and insightful look into the life of B.B. King, the King of the Blues. Taped in Chicago on October 24, 2003, in front of a live audience, King was interviewed by musician and entertainer Isaac Hayes. King has traveled the world spreading his brand of blues to fans. An Evening With B.B. King shared the good times and the bad as experienced by this legendary blues guitarist.

From his childhood in Mississippi to his audience with the Pope to his battle with diabetes, B.B. King led a rich life, and his music has influenced musicians for decades. With hits such as “The Thrill is Gone,” “Rock Me Baby,” and “How Blue Can You Get?”, King remained one of the most spectacular live performers in the music industry during his long career.

An Evening With B.B. King covered the full scope of the blues legend’s life, using video clips taken throughout his life and career and a live performance by King and the Ko Ko Taylor Band.

Find more information on the program here.


Date and Time

Friday, December 4, 2020

7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST/ 5 p.m. MST/ 4 p.m. PST

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