The Thrill Is Gone

We remain in Memphis this week. This time, featuring the signature song of the great BB King whose Beale Street joint is featured above.

The Thrill Is Gone was written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell in 1951. The song’s co-writer was the first to record it. That’s where we begin.

BB King took ownership of this week’s song in December of 1969:

Country singer Barbara Mandell was looking to expand her musical horizons when she cut the Hawkins-Darnell classic in 1982.

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Say no more.

DD Bridgewater recorded The Thrill Is Gone for a 2017 album recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis.

Peter Frampton plays the blues with Sonny Landreth along for the ride:

Finally, BB King and Stevie Wonder live in Cleveland.

What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without instrumental versions of this week’s tune? This time, The Jazz Crusaders, Willie Bobo, and the Lumiere String Quartet.

That’s it for this week. I, for one, am thrilled that this week is gone. Let’s toast its departure. It’s what Elvis and BB would want. Never argue with them.

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