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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 January 2006, 16:03 GMT
BB King to stop touring overseas
BB King
BB King recently celebrated his 80th birthday
Blues legend BB King will embark on his last international tour on 16 February, he has announced, although he said he will still make US concert appearances.

The singer, 80, will start his Farewell Tour in Chicago and it also includes a five-date tour in the UK starting at the end of March.

King has been performing since his big break in 1948, scoring two US number ones and numerous other hits.

"I hardly remember I'm 80 unless I have to run up a hill or stairs," he said.

"As long as people buy my records and come to my concerts, I don't see anything else I'd like to do."

'Clock is ticking'

His publicist said he had toured every year for 60 years.

"I think the clock is ticking, yes," King said.

"In fact, I know it is. Frank Sinatra sang about the September of (his) years. I think I'm in the November of my years."

During the 1950s King was averaging 275 concerts a year, while in 1956 he notched up 342 gigs.

On an album to celebrate his 80th birthday he was joined by Eric Clapton and Sir Elton John on duets.

A $10m (5.6m) museum is set to open later this year in the Grammy winner's native Mississippi.


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