Friday Duet B.B. King and Eric Clapton

B.B. King is known as the quintessential Blues man of the modern era. And, when you think of the man, his music and his dear, dear Lucielle (his guitar), one of the first songs that probably comes to mind has to be the classic, “The Thrill is Gone.”

Although this has to be one of the songs most connected with B.B. (born Riley B. King), he was not the writer or original performer of the song. Penned by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell in 1951, King didn’t record the tune until June of 1969 for his Completely Well album.

Among the nods King received for his version of the song were; a Grammy in 1970, a Billboard top five on the R&B charts and later a Grammy Hall of Fame award in 1998. The song is also listed at 185 among the 500 greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.



This particular recording is from a performance at The White House in October of 1999 with another great performer in his own right, Eric Clapton.

Over the years, Clapton has joined forces with notables from Blues to Jazz to Rock – all memorable performances. In fact, his current album is a collaboration with legendary trumpet man, Wynton Marsalis, Live from Lincoln Center.

The 67 year old continues to amaze with his solid performances and songwriting.



The Thrill is Gone

Written in 1951 by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell

The thrill is gone

The thrill is gone away

The thrill is gone baby

The thrill is gone away

You know you done me wrong baby

And you’ll be sorry someday

The thrill is gone

It’s gone away from me

The thrill is gone baby

The thrill is gone away from me

Although I’ll still live on

But so lonely I’ll be

The thrill is gone

It’s gone away for good

Oh, the thrill is gone baby

Baby it’s gone away for good

Someday I know I’ll be over it all baby

Just like I know a man should

You know I’m free, free now baby

I’m free from your spell

I’m free, free now

I’m free from your spell

And now that it’s over

All I can do is wish you well

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