The Thrill Is Gone

blues song written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell in 1951

"The Thrill Is Gone" is a 1969 slow minor-key blues song 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. Afterwards, many blues and other artists have recorded their versions of the song.

"The Thrill Is Gone"
Song by B.B. King
from the album Completely Well
B-side"You're Mean"
ReleasedDecember 1969
RecordedJune 1969
GenreBlues, R&B, soul
Length5:24 (album version)
3:55 (single version)
LabelBluesway/ABC Records
Songwriter(s)Rick Darnell, Roy Hawkins
Producer(s)Bill Szymczyk
B.B. King singles chronology
"Just a Little Love"
"The Thrill Is Gone"
"So Excited"


  1. Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Record Research, Inc. p. 184. ISBN 0-89820-068-7.