500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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B.B. King, 'The Thrill is Gone'

185. B.B. King, 'The Thrill is Gone'

Writers: Roy Hawkins, Rick Darnell
Producer: Bill Szymczyk
Released: Dec. '69, BluesWay
14 weeks; No. 15

"It was a different kind of blues ballad, and I carried it around in my head for years," King said of the song, which dated to 1951. The 44-year-old King's career reached its zenith with an inspired performance during a 1969 session in which, as King put it, "all the ideas came together."

Appears on: Greatest Hits (MCA)


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