LISTEN: Eric Clapton's unreleased duet with B.B. King

New 26/05/2020

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Eric Clapton and B.B. King's Riding With the King album, a previously unreleased performance by the duo has been released.

The album will receive a reissue that will be out in stores this 26th June. You can listen to Clapton and King performing Rollin' and Tumblin' and Let Me Love You below.

Clapton and King first shared the stage together in 1967 in New York City. Over 30 years later, the pair joined forces to create a "collection of all-new studio recordings of blues classics and contemporary songs" in 1999 which resulted in Riding With the King album. It was released in June 2000 and went on to sell over 2 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album also nets the duo the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Of rock 'n' roll guitarists, nobody plays better than [Clapton] does

King once told Rolling Stone that out of all the rock 'n' roll guitarists he has played with; nobody played better than Clapton. He also noted that Clapton was especially better at playing the blues than the rest.

"It's been said many times, 'Why don't you and Eric do something together?' Finally, he found the time, and here we are. … I told him to pick all of the tunes and if I disagreed we'd talk about it — and we didn't," King said. "He had such a memory for bringing up old tunes and such a great idea for getting new ones together. So I trust him completely."

The album is available for pre-order now.