Remember When George Jones and B.B. King Collaborated?
Originally recorded by the Chairmen of the Board in 1970, the song tells the poignant story of a boy was raised "on a farm way back up in the woods" and has to take over responsibility for his family from his dead father. Soul singer Clarence Carter recorded the definitive version of the track that same year, scoring a huge chart hit. "Patches" won a Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Song in 1971.
Jones and King recorded the song in 1994 for an album titled Rhythm Country and Blues, which featured cross-genre collaborations from other all-stars pairings, including Vince Gill and Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood, and Natalie Cole and Reba McEntire. Their version takes full advantage of their different vocal approaches, with Jones' signature soulful country voice leading most of the verses, alternating with King's gritty blues delivery.
The track is highlighted by a guitar solo from King, employing the signature clean tone and lyrically melodic approach that made him one of the most important and distinctive blues musicians of his generation.
Jones passed away in 2013 from hypoxic respiratory failure at the age of 81, and King died on May 14, 2015 at the age of 89. Check out the clip above for a rare collaboration between the two music legends.
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