Music Video of the Day: The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King & Tracy Chapman (1998, dir. Thom Oliphant)


I don’t think there’s much to say here. I distinctly remember when the music video came out two years later for the song Riding With The King. This one went under my radar. According to mvdbase, B.B. King actually made three music videos back in the mid-80s under the direction of John Landis. This music video is sad, which is appropriate since the song is too. I also like that they paired King with Chapman considering one of her most famous songs is Give Me One Reason, which she would later go on to do as a duet with Eric Clapton for the A Very Special Christmas Live album. Clapton having done Riding With The King with B.B. King. It all connects together.

The last thing I want to mention is that B.B. King didn’t originally do this song. It was written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell in 1951. I have embedded Hawkins’ version below as a way to work him in even though he never did a music video to my knowledge.

The video was directed by Thom Oliphant. He appears to have done around 30 music videos. He went on to produce and direct a lot CMT specials.

Giles Dunning shot the video. He has shot around 35 music videos and directed 2 of them. He went on to do some music and TV work after this video such as for the LCD Soundsystem concert film Shut Up And Play The Hits (2012). But, you’ve probably seen his camerawork that he did prior to this video. He worked on A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), Pet Sematary (1989), A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), Ghoulies Go To College (1991), Critters 3 (1991), Critters 4 (1992), and for some non-horror ones, he also worked on Pump Up The Volume (1990) and A River Runs Through It (1992). Oh, and he also worked on Rockula (1990) since I apparently am unable to escape that movie since I reviewed it during October of 2015.

Enjoy!

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