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This page is dedicated to blues music and nothing but the blues. If you like blues music too and you're looking for lyrics of blues songs and/or having problems understanding what is being sung and/or understanding the meaning of the lyrics this site might be of some interest to you. (Only blues lyrics?. Well, apart from blues lyrics we also have... blues lyrics, blues lyrics, blues lyrics, blues lyrics and some more blues lyrics. An occasional jazz, rock or pop lyrics may have slipped by the blues lyrics though...) and things you might be hearing while the bartender serves you the basics . As you probably guessed by now, blues lyrics is the main theme of this site. However, we do have lots of other blues related goodies, check out the list further down below for them!. Wanna know more about this site? Read About it!

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"The Thrill Is Gone" – A Modern Blues Tradition

Passionate string bends and characteristic vibrato, B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone" is a staple of the modern blues tradition.

B. B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” is an important staple of the modern blues tradition; from King’s gritty yet polished vocals and electric guitar play, to the complex and dulcet B minor tones of its contemporary, sophisticated string section, “The Thrill Is Gone” is a complete musical package and a fine example of a significant American art form, all in one powerful composition.

King’s Hit Rendition of “The Thrill Is Gone” is Actually a Cover Version of the Original.

The words and music to B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” were written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell, copyrighted in 1951, although King didn’t score a hit with the song until his Bluesway/ABC Records release in 1969.

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B.B. King is a Genuine Mississippi Delta Blues Man.

B.B. King may be a musician from Memphis but his roots are in the Mississippi delta.

“Beale Street Blues Boy,” the origin of the shortened “B.B.” in King’s name, has obvious ties to the Memphis music scene, but B.B. King was actually born in Mississippi, in the same vicinity as many other blues greats, most significantly, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson.

King’s official website confirms, “He was born September 16, 1925, on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, near Indianola.”

B.B. King himself offers insight in his own words about his early years and musical influences in the PBS series “American Roots Music, Oral Histories”:

“Being on the plantation, you had an hour off at noon. So I would come out of the fields and Sonny Boy Williamson would come on at about 12:15 Central Standard Time… When I left Mississippi and went to Memphis, the first thing I did was go over to West Memphis. Sonny Boy Williamson had left KFFA and was now [at a station] in West Memphis. So that's where I went to try to get into this business.”

The Guitar Style in "The Thrill Is Gone" is Legendary.

B. B. King was born to play the electric guitar.

One of the first electric guitar players to pick the individual notes of a chord in a sequenced-arpeggiation, B.B. King was widely influential for his emotional string bends and long lasting vibrato, all of which can be heard in “The Thrill is Gone.”

B. B. King’s biography describes the significance of “The Thrill Is Gone” and addresses King’s style of guitar play like the Motard Band:

“In 1969 ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ was released; the blues-with-strings number fetched a 1971 Grammy and became King's biggest hit and a concert standard thenceforth. ‘If I didn't sing that song,’ he quipped to Ebony [Magazine], ‘they would throw tomatoes at me.’"

About King’s matchless guitar, the same biography adds, “To his own impassioned vocal calls, King played single-string guitar responses with a distinctive vibrato, in a style influenced by Delta blues guitarists and jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt."

"By the late 1960s, rock guitarists acknowledged his influence, introducing King and his guitar, Lucille, to the white public. He remains the most successful blues man of all time.”

"The Thrill Is Gone" Has a Memorable Melody.

Most versions of “The Thrill Is Gone” continue B.B. King’s melancholy but highly inviting B minor melody, the likes of which can be established in a copy of King’s original sheet music for “The Thrill Is Gone” (copyright 1951, Powerforce Music (BMI), made in U.S.A., all rights reserved).

Note this sheet music is available for review on page 120 of the publication, “The New Essential Blues Guitar,” authentic guitar tablature transcriptions, 1998 Warner Brothers Publications, ISBN 0-7692-5913-8.

Rocker Jerry Garcia and Bluegrass master Davis Grisman famously covered “The Thrill Is Gone” on their collaborative acoustic bluegrass album, “Shady Grove,” while pop music icons Aretha Franklin and Willie Nelson also produced versions of the same tune.

Many essential artists have recorded “The Thrill Is Gone,” some in recognition of B.B. King’s gracious virtuosity, and others for the historic contribution he made with his touching interpretation of the Roy Hawkins-Rick Darnell song. Either way, a modern blues tradition was created when B.B. King released "The Thrill is Gone.”

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