When Roy Orbison and the rest of The Class of ’55 (Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins) arrived at Sun Studios to begin recording with Sam Phillips, B. B. King had already been working with Sam for years. The influence of B. B. King on artists in nearly every genre that exists can not be overstated.
Here’s B. B. King performing “THE THRILL IS GONE” at the 1990 Roy Orbison tribute concert to raise money for the homeless. We think it’s one of his finest performances.