Listen To William Shatner Cover 'The Thrill Is Gone' With Ritchie Blackmore

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

August 26, 2020

William Shatner will release an album of classic blues covers this fall.

The legendary actor's latest record, The Blues, is due October 2. The album dives into some of the most historically significant music in American history, including songs written by R&B icons like Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters.

The lead single for the album is a version of Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell's "The Thrill Is Gone." The song was a hit for Hawkins in 1951, but it was solidified as a blues standard when B.B. King covered it in 1970.

Shatner's version features the drama of his spoken word-style vocals against guitar work by co-founding Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

You can listen to it via the player above.

The guitar icon Blackmore's appearance is one of many high-profile features on The Blues. The record also boasts performances by Brad Paisley, Sonny Landreth, Pat Travers, Tyler Bryant, Steve Cropper, Canned Heat, Albert Lee and others.

The Blues is Shatner's fourth album with Cleopatra Records. It follows his 2018 LP, Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album.

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