Eric Clapton and B.B. King’s 2000 album Riding with the King was a long time in the making. The two first performed together live in 1967, when a 22-year-old Clapton was a member of the band Cream. In 1997, King released his duets album Deuces Wild, on which he collaborated with Clapton on the song “Rock Me Baby.” The younger guitarist had always called King one of the biggest influences on his music, so Clapton made sure to keep hope alive for recording a full album with his idol. Eventually he finally got his wish, and Riding with the King won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.