A variety of all-star musicians came together to salute the late 15-time GRAMMY-winning blues legend B.B. King on Sept. 1 at Icon: The Life And Legacy Of B.B. King, a live tribute concert supporting GRAMMY Foundation and GRAMMY Museum initiatives.
Watch below an electric eight-minute-plus performance of the King classic "The Thrill Is Gone" featuring GRAMMY winners Keb' Mo', Slash, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, and Jimmie Vaughan; GRAMMY nominees Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd; blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker, singer/guitarist Quinn Sullivan and singer/songwriter ZZ Ward. The all-star congregation was backed by Jimmy Vivino of the "Conan" show, who served as musical director for the evening, and the Basic Cable Band.
Prior to the event, many musicians heralded the enduring influence of King and his inimitable guitar style during an exclusive backstage interview. "[When] I put on B.B. King's Live At The Regal, it was my first introduction to the blues, properly," said Bonamassa.
A hit for King in 1969, "The Thrill Is Gone" won the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male GRAMMY for 1970 and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1998, one of four King recordings in the Hall. The song ranked No. 316 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. In addition to his 15 GRAMMY Awards, King was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.