Friendship (Ray Charles album)

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Studio album by Ray Charles
Released August 1984 (1984-08)
Genre Country
Length 28:51
Label Columbia
Producer Billy Sherrill
Ray Charles chronology
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
(1984)Do I Ever Cross Your Mind1984
The Spirit of Christmas
(1985)The Spirit of Christmas1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Friendship is a studio album by American artist Ray Charles. It was released in 1984 via Columbia Records. The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[2]

The album was one of several in the mid-1980s that featured Charles returning to country music after a two decade absence; he had previously recorded the two-volume Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music to much acclaim in 1962. For Friendship, Charles collaborated with several established country stars in a series of duets. Whereas the Modern Sounds singles were not explicitly released to country radio, the singles from Friendship were, and the album provided Charles with his highest charting hits on the country charts, including a number-one country hit with Willie Nelson, "Seven Spanish Angels."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Duet partner(s) Length
1. "Two Old Cats Like Us" Troy Seals Hank Williams, Jr. 2:35
2. "This Old Heart (Is Gonna Rise Again)" J. Martin Johnson, Bucky Jones The Oak Ridge Boys 3:05
3. "We Didn't See a Thing" Gary Gentry Chet Atkins and George Jones 2:12
4. "Who Cares" Gentry, Shelby Kennedy Janie Fricke 2:58
5. "Rock & Roll Shoes" Paul Kennerley, Graham Lyle B. J. Thomas 2:43
6. "Friendship" Cole Porter Ricky Skaggs 2:41
7. "It Ain't Gonna Worry My Mind" Richard Leigh Mickey Gilley 2:54
8. "Little Hotel Room" Freddy Powers Merle Haggard 3:01
9. "Crazy Old Soldier" Kennerley, Seals Johnny Cash 3:33
10. "Seven Spanish Angels" Seals, Eddie Setser Willie Nelson 3:52


  • Billy Sanford (tracks: A1), Dale Sellers (tracks: A5), Pete Bordonali (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1, B2, B4), Reggie Young (tracks: A3, B3) - electric guitar
  • Billy Sanford (tracks: A2, A4, A5, B1 to B5), Dale Sellers (tracks: A1 to A4, B1, B2, B4, B5), Jerry Kennedy (track: A5), Pete Bordonali (tracks: A3, B3), Ricky Skaggs (track: B1) - acoustic guitar
  • Bob Wray (tracks: A5, B1, B2, B5), Henry Strzelecki (tracks: A1 to A4, B3, B4) - bass guitar
  • Bobby Ogdin (track: A3), Bobby Wood (track: A1), Hargus "Pig" Robbins (tracks: A2 to A5, B1 to B5) - keyboards
  • Buddy Emmons (tracks: A3, B3), Pete Drake (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B1, B2, B4, B5) - steel guitar
  • Pete Bordonali (track: B5) - gut-string guitar
  • Jerry Douglas (tracks: B1), Pete Drake (tracks: A3, B3) - dobro
  • Jerry Carrigan (tracks: A1, B2), Jerry Kroon (track: A4), Kenny Malone (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B1, B3 to B5) - drums
  • Ron Reynolds (tracks: A3, A4, B2), Terry McMillan (tracks: A2, A4, A5, B1, B3, B4) - percussion
  • Terry McMillan (tracks: A1 to A3, B2 to B5) - harmonica
  • Denis Solee (track: A1) - saxophone
  • Bill McElhiney (track: B5), Jose McElhiney (track: B5) - trumpet
  • Diane Tidwell (tracks: A1, A4, B5), Hurshel Wiginton (tracks: A1, A4, B4, B5), Judy Rodman (tracks: B4), Lisa Silver (tracks: A1, A4, B5), Louis Nunley (tracks: A1, A4, B4, B5), Wendy Suits (track: B4) - backing vocals
  • The "A" Strings (tracks: B2 to B5) - stings
  • Bill McElhiney - string arrangements, conductor

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 75
Canadian RPM Top Albums 81


  1. ^ Erlewine, Steven Thomas. "Friendship review". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Friendship Charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
Preceded by
Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
by George Strait
Top Country Albums number-one album
March 23, 1985
Succeeded by
40-Hour Week
by Alabama