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Erratic show from B.B. King


Some St. Louis music fans are singing the blues after an erratic weekend performance by 88-year-old guitar legend B.B. King led to a stream of early departures and audience catcalls.

Concertgoers say King’s rambling Friday night set at the Peabody Opera House included only a handful of complete songs amid musical snippets, long-winded soliloquies and a 15-minute sing-along of “You Are My Sunshine.”

The experience at King’s concert highlights an increasingly common occurrence as popular musicians in their 70s and 80s continue taking the stage in front of nostalgic audiences.

King’s agent declined to comment through an assistant. Calls to the venue and promoter were not immediately returned.

‘Talent’ record

The producers of the “Got Talent” franchise say the TV talent contest is a winner in its own right.

Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia said Monday that Guinness World Records has deemed the series the most successful reality TV format worldwide.

The format that was launched as “Britain’s Got Talent” has been adapted for broadcast in 58 countries, the producers said.

Alistair Richards, president of Guinness World Records, said in a statement that “Got Talent” was the new record holder. It displaced “Strictly Come Dancing,” another British format that has sold to more than three dozen countries.

‘Captain’ leads

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” $95 million

2. “Noah,” $17 million

3. “Divergent,” $13 million

4. “God’s Not Dead,” $7.8 million

5. “Muppets Most Wanted,” $6.1 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Comedian Shecky Greene is 88. Original Mouseketeer Darlene Gillespie is 73. Singer Peggy Lennon is 73. Singer-actor John Schneider is 54. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin is 52. Actor Dean Norris is 51. Actress Robin Wright is 48. Actress Patricia Arquette is 46. Actor Taylor Kitsch is 33.