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B.B. King & Friends: 80 is the forty first studio album by B.B. King released in 2005. It was recorded to celebrate King's 80th birthday and features duets with a variety of musicians. 80 reached #45 in the Billboard 200 top albums chart as well as #1 in the blues albums chart.

B.B. King & Friends: 80
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Studio album by B.B. King
Released September 13, 2005
Recorded February 22-June 2, 2005 Avatar Studios, New York, NY , Caesar's Palace Showroom, Las Vegas, NV, Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA, Ocean Way Recording, Olympic Studios, London, England and Right Track Recording, New York, NY
Genre Blues, R&B, soul
Length 54:29
Label Geffen
B.B. King chronology
The Ultimate Collection
B.B. King & Friends: 80
The Best of the Early Years
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Grammy AwardsEdit

The album won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8, 2006.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Guest artist Length
1. "Early in the Morning" (Dallas Bartley/Louis Jordan/Leo Hickman[2]) Van Morrison 4:50
2. "Tired of Your Jive" (Janet Despenza/Johnny Pate) Billy Gibbons 3:53
3. "The Thrill is Gone" (Roy Hawkins/Rick Darnell) Eric Clapton (string arrangements by David Campbell) 5:03
4. "Need Your Love So Bad" (Mertis John Jr.[3]) Sheryl Crow 3:58
5. "Ain't Nobody Home" (Jerry Ragovoy) Daryl Hall 3:52
6. "Hummingbird" (Leon Russell) John Mayer (string arrangements by David Campbell) 4:42
7. "All Over Again" (Carl B. Adams) Mark Knopfler 4:54
8. "Drivin' Wheel" (Roosevelt Sykes) Glenn Frey 4:20
9. "There Must Be a Better World Somewhere" (Doc Pomus/Mac Rebennack) Gloria Estefan 6:50
10. "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" (Stix Hooper/Will Jennings) Roger Daltrey 4:59
11. "Funny How Time Slips Away" (Willie Nelson) Bobby Bland 4:09
12. "Rock This House" (James A. Lane) Elton John 3:07

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "80 – Review". allmusic. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ This is the Sonny Boy Williamson song, not the Louis Jordan song, which King recorded for Let the Good Times Roll.
  3. ^ Widely credited to Little Willie John, but in fact written by his brother Mertis.