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"Five Long Years" is a song written and recorded by blues vocalist/pianist Eddie Boyd in 1952. Called one of the "few postwar blues standards that has retained universal appeal", Boyd's "Five Long Years" reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart. A variety of artists have recorded "Five Long Years", including Junior Parker, whose version reached number thirteen in the R&B chart (1959, Duke 306); Willie B. Huff and Johnny Fuller recorded it for Bob Geddins as I've Been Thinkin' and Thinkin'; John Lee Hooker from his album The Folk Lore of John Lee Hooker (1961); The Yardbirds from their album Five Live Yardbirds (1963); Muddy Waters in 1963; Long John Baldry from Long John's Blues (1964); Ike & Tina Turner from Outta Season (1968); Bobby "Blue" Bland from his album, If Loving You is Wrong (1970); Freddie King from his album Getting Ready (1971); B.B. King from Guess Who (1972); Buddy Guy from Damn Right, I've Got the Blues (1991), and Eric Clapton on From The Cradle (1994).