Sunday, January 16, 2011

CLYDIE KING: "THE THRILL IS GONE" (1965)

Clydie King

Click above to hear "The Thrill is Gone."

Right off the bat, I'd like to note, this is a completely different song than the famous BB King track. This sublime slice of soulful melancholy is an absolute masterpiece. Clydie King's rich vocals are perfection, a true soul original.

Clydie King is probably best known as one of the most prolific session singers in history. She's worked for everyone from Ray Charles (she was part of his backing group, the Raelettes for three years) to Bob Dylan.

Clydie released a string of singles, beginning with her own group "Little Clydie and the Teens" before singing back up vocals on some of the biggest hits to ever grace the charts, including "Sweet Home Alabama" from Lynyrd Skynyrd.

She recorded a handful of solo albums, and continues to be in-demand today. Her solo work should not be overlooked. It's high time the esteem the industry feels for her spread to the broader music-buying public.

1 comment:

  1. YES,YES,YES!I HAVE JUST DISCOVERED CLYDIE RECENTLY,AND I MUST CONCUR-SHE IS INDEED SUBLIME! I'VE LISTENED TO'THE THRILL IS GONE'A GOOD TWO DOZEN TIMES IN A ROW IN ONE NIGHT ALONE.CLYDIE,YOU ARE MAGNIFICENT!SHE EVEN RESEMBLES MY GIRL.IT GETS NO BETTER!BRAVO TO YOU MS.KING AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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