The album collects many of Jones's recent Epic hits (including three number ones) and features several other country stars, including the Oak Ridge Boys and Merle Haggard. By Request also marks the first time that "We Didn't See A Thing" appeared on a Jones album, his top ten country hit with Ray Charles. The "buddy song" makes light of the blind pianist's vision impairment, something Charles had often done in the past. The two vocal giants had united to record the song for Charles's 1984 album Friendship, which had been recorded in Nashville by Jones's producer Billy Sherrill. It was the only recording the pair ever made together and features Chet Atkins on guitar. They performed the song together on a 1984 awards show, which can be seen on YouTube.