B.B. King Tribute: 10-Year-Old Guitarist Toby Lee Plays “The Thrill Is Gone”

May 28th, 2015

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Here’s one we intended to share last month, when blues legend B.B. King was still in hospice, suffering from diabetes-related health issues.

It’s a clip of 10-year-old U.K. guitarist Toby Lee performing an instrumental version of King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” as a get-well tribute to his favorite guitarist.

The video went viral, thanks to Joe Bonamassa and Gibson Guitar, both of whom shared the touching clip via social media. At this point, the video has been watched more than 5 million times.

“I put up a tribute to B.B. King because at that moment he was my favorite guitarist,” Toby said. “Joe Bonamassa helped. He’s also one of my favorite guitarists, and he’s really, really good, and I nearly fell down the stairs because I was so shocked [that he shared it].”

King died May 14 at age 89.

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