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“B.B. KING – THE THRILL IS GONE”

July 29, 2016

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“The Thrill Is Gone”is a slow minor-key blues song in B minor written by West coast blues musician Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell in 1951. Hawkins’ recording of the song reached number six in the Billboard R&B chart in 1951.[1] In 1970, “The Thrill Is Gone” became a major hit for B.B. King. Subsequently, many blues and other artists have recorded their interpretations of the song.

B.B. King version

B.B. King recorded his version of “The Thrill Is Gone” in June 1969 for his album Completely Well, released the same year. King’s version is a slow twelve-bar blues notated in the key of B minor in 4/4 time.[2] The song’s polished production and use of strings marked a departure from both the original song and King’s previous material. When released as a single in December 1969, the song became one of the biggest hits of King’s career, appearing in the…

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