Friendship (Ray Charles album)

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]

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
The Spirit of Christmas
Professional ratings
Review scores

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

No.TitleWriter(s)Duet partner(s)Length
1."Two Old Cats Like Us"Troy SealsHank Williams, Jr.2:35
2."This Old Heart (Is Gonna Rise Again)"J. Martin Johnson, Bucky JonesThe Oak Ridge Boys3:05
3."We Didn't See a Thing"Gary GentryChet Atkins and George Jones2:12
4."Who Cares"Gentry, Shelby KennedyJanie Fricke2:58
5."Rock & Roll Shoes"Paul Kennerley, Graham LyleB. J. Thomas2:43
6."Friendship"Cole PorterRicky Skaggs2:41
7."It Ain't Gonna Worry My Mind"Richard LeighMickey Gilley2:54
8."Little Hotel Room"Freddy PowersMerle Haggard3:01
9."Crazy Old Soldier"Kennerley, SealsJohnny Cash3:33
10."Seven Spanish Angels"Seals, Eddie SetserWillie Nelson3:52


  • 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

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.
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