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B.B. King Sure Has a Lot of Friends

Is there anyone who doesn't love B.B. King? If you're talking about the 83-year-old bluesman's fellow musicians, the answer is a resounding "No!" King has probably sat in with with more players (and vice versa) than anybody else save perhaps Willie Nelson, with whom of course King has teamed up countless times both live (above) and on record. In honor of his two-night stand at House of Blues - both shows are close to selling out - this weekend, Rocks Off combed YouTube to find a few of the king's choice collabs. And every so often he even plays with someone not from Texas.

B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy & Jimmie Vaughan, "Rock Me Baby"

Who else? Read on...

B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck & Albert Collins, "Sweet Little Angel"

B.B. King & Bobby Blue Bland, "Three O'Clock Blues"

B.B. King & Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, "Eyesight to the Blind"

B.B. King & Buddy Guy, "I Can't Quit You Baby"

B.B. King, Houston native Billy Preston and, um, Bruce Willis, "Sinner's Prayer"

B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert Collins, "Texas Flood"

B.B. King & U2, "When Love Comes to Town"

B.B. King & Shemeika Copeland, "Every Day I Have the Blues"

B.B. King & Gladys Knight, "Please Send Me Someone to Love"

B.B. King, Aretha Franklin and - seriously - Jack Jones ("The Love Boat"), "Sweet Sixteen"

B.B. King & Jeff Beck, "Key to the Highway"

B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan & Etta James, "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do"

B.B. King & Buck the Dog, "Look Who's Barking"

B.B. King & Christina Aguilera, "Merry Christmas Baby"

B.B. King and just about everybody you've ever heard of, even Phil Collins and Billy Ocean, "Why I Sing the Blues"

-- Chris Gray

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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