Riding with the King was the first collaborative album by Eric Clapton and B.B. King.

B.B. King ft. Eric Clapton | Riding With The King ( official video and lyrics)

I dreamed I had a good job and I got well paid. I blew it all at the penny arcade. A hundred dollars on a kewpie doll. No pretty chick is gonna make me crawl.   Get on a TWA to the promised land. Every woman, child and man Gets a Cadillac and a great big diamond ring. Don’t you know you’re riding with the king?
He’s on a mission of mercy to the new frontier, He’s gonna check us all on out of here. Up to that mansion on a hill Where you can get your prescription filled.   Get on a TWA to the promised land. Everybody clap your hands. And don’t you just love the way that he sings? Don’t you know we’re riding with the king? Riding with the king. Don’t you know we’re riding with the king?
A tuxedo and shiny 335. You can see it in his face, the blue never lie. Tonight everybody’s getting their angel wings. And don’t you know we’re riding with the king?   I stepped out of Mississippi when I was ten years old With a suit cut sharp as a razor and a heart made of gold. I had a guitar hanging just about waist high And I’m gonna play this thing until the day I die.   Don’t you know we’re riding with the king? Don’t you know we’re riding with the king? Riding, you’re riding with the king. You’re riding, you’re riding with the king.

The history of Riding with the King

They performed together for the first time at Cafe Au Go Go in New York City in 1967. Clapton was 22 and a member of Cream, but did not record together until 1997 when King collaborated with Clapton on the song “Rock Me Baby” for his duets album, Deuces Wild. Clapton looked up to King and had always wanted to make an album with him. King said they had discussed the project often, and added: “I admire the man. I think he’s No. 1 in rock ‘n’ roll as a guitarist and No. 1 as a great person.” At the time of recording Riding with the King, lapton was 55 and King 74. BB King and Clapton 

Songs form the album

Other included

Clapton initiated the recording sessions for Riding with the King and included some of his regular session musicians on the album. He also chose the songs and co-produced the album with Simon Climie. Who had previously worked on several of Clapton’s albums. While this would appear to be a Clapton album recorded with King, Clapton gave King center-stage, who took the lead on many of the songs with his singing and his solos. The album contains five “vintage” King songs from the 1950s and 1960s: ”
The balance of the tracks were written especially for the album. The tracks are a mixture of acoustic (“Worried Life Blues”) and electric songs (“Three O’Clock Blues”), and vary from slow numbers (“Ten Long Years”) to “mid-tempo stomps” (“Help the Poor”).

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