The Thrill Is Gone (5:01)

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From King of the Blues Guitar and 242 other releases

“The Thrill Is Gone” is a blues song written by Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins in 1951 and popularized by B. B. King in 1970. The song was first recorded by Hawkins and became a minor hit for the musician. King recorded his version of the song in June 1969 for his album Completely Well, released the same year. 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 of 1969, the song became the biggest hit of King’s career (#3 R&B / #15 Pop) and his signature song. B. B. King’s recording earned him a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and a Grammy Hall of Fame award in 1998. King’s version of the song was also placed at number 183 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs ever. Memorable live versions of the song were included on King’s albums Live in Cook County Jail (1971), Bobby Bland and B.B. King Together Again…Live (1976), and Live at San Quentin (1991).

The song has been covered by numerous artists since B. B. King’s hit version, including Peggy Lee (1970), Luther Allison (1979), Dishwalla (1995), Aretha Franklin (1970), Little Milton (1973), Willie Nelson (2000), Stan Webb (1973), Jerry Garcia and David Grisman (1990s), Buckethead (2004), Steven Brown (Half Out, 1991), The Marshall Tucker Band (Stompin’ Room Only 2003), the Eric Steckel Band (Havana, 2006), Diamanda Galas, Leslie West (Got BLOOZE 2005), Theo Sinton (Emerald Blues, 2008) and Pappo (Buscando un amor, 2003) (Anthony Gardner, 2009).


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  • Louie1967

    WoW What Magig Hands Fingers n A Voice of Gold Heart Soul

    19 Mar 12:05am Reply
  • Louie1967

    I MISS MY Blues Music, I finnly found place can LISTEN, I ONCE HAD A LOVE SHE RAN AWAY FROM ME, I Want that Thrill in MY Life once again,

    18 Mar 11:51pm Reply
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    26 Feb 2:01pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    5 Feb 6:07pm Reply
  • selene_101

    you know you done me wrong, baby.....

    25 Jan 8:07pm Reply
  • misterguima

    The Thrill Is Gone ~*

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • The_BlackParade

    what a song!

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • msfunkyfreak

    I love this man! That tune... just wow! KING.

    28 Sep 2014 Reply
  • BradLWoods

    If you like the blues, search for "Miss You Blues" by Brad Woods!

    22 Aug 2014 Reply

    Spank! :-)

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • samiskywalker

    The can see the respect given by all the other musicians to him. Something money can't buy!

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TWHsr

    He' still the KING.

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • thegreatpretend

    The Blues Man :-)

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • SerzhF


    30 Apr 2014 Reply
  • TWHsr

    The king.

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • jeanie6565

    The Best ever, my all time fav track

    6 Apr 2014 Reply
  • josippejic61

    King forever !!!!

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • pollepet


    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • L_impertinence

    aha yeah

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Stadtschrat50

    Was für ein Klassiker !!!

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
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