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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.


Discover Financial Services


American AirlinesComcast Corporation


FCA US LLCChicago TribuneWalgreens CompanyHouse of Blues Hotel


Commonwealth Edison CompanyGE Commercial InsuranceAriel Investments, LLCSchiele GroupThrifty Car Rental, Inc.St. Deny's FoundationHarris Bank


  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Bank One
  • The Boeing Corporation
  • Bonaparte Corporation
  • CNA
  • Capri Capital
  • Cub Foods
  • Fannie Mae
  • Household International
  • Northern Trust Company
  • Nuveen
  • The Playboy Foundation
  • Reynaldo Glover
  • Sophisticate's Black Hair Style & Care Guide

Executive Producer

  • Julieanna Richardson


Assistant Producer

  • Andrea Ezell


  • Ron Weiner

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • The Honorable Emil Jones
  • Lynn Whitfield
  • Gerhard E. Seibert



  • Sue & Tom Carey
  • Patricia Andrews-Keenan
  • Gregory H. Rush

Benefit Committee

  • Tracey Alston
  • Kate'y Assem
  • Norma Barnes
  • Nancy Berman
  • Cheryl Blackwell Bryson
  • Jerry Blakemore
  • Dr. Kimberly Bolden
  • Jason Bonaparte
  • Alfreda Bradley-Coar
  • Lonnie Bunch
  • Antoinette Cook & Dwight Bush
  • Elvin Charity
  • Anthony Cole
  • Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon
  • Carmen Corbett
  • Jacoby & Veranda Dickens
  • Jocelyn DiPasalegne
  • Alma & Louis Dodd
  • Sharon Fairley Rogers
  • William Flynn
  • Rebecca Ford Terry
  • Vicky Free
  • Dr. Celestine Fulchon
  • Denise & Gary Gardner
  • Jeffrey Hammond
  • Malcolm & Gloria Hemphill
  • Murrell J. Higgins Duster
  • Mary Hutchings Reed
  • Theresa Jamison
  • Dr. Sokoni Karanja
  • Hazel King
  • Bernard & Shirley Kinsey
  • Aly Kurti
  • Barbara Lee Cohen
  • Deborah Martin Chase
  • Leonard E. & Rochelle L. McGee
  • Lester & Nancy McKeever
  • Ricardo Millett
  • Johnita Mizelle
  • Joe Moore
  • Trudy Moore
  • Cynthia & Ira Moreland
  • Sharon Morrow
  • Linda Murrain
  • Kevin Newell
  • Lisa Newman
  • Dr. Alice Palmer
  • Milo Phelps
  • Sabrina & Anthony Poole
  • Ruth Ratny
  • Belkis M. Santos, Ph.D.
  • Harold Shepard
  • Chester Singleteary
  • Deborah Thomas
  • Annetta Wilson
  • Antoinette Wright
  • Wildman, Harold, Allen & Dixon

Date and Time

Friday, October 24, 2003


The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
United States