With a special birthday just around the corner, B.B. King is nearly ready to unveil his latest star-studded duets album. Due Sept. 13, just three days before the blues great's 80th birthday, the Geffe

With a special birthday just around the corner, B.B. King is nearly ready to unveil his latest star-studded duets album. Due Sept. 13, just three days before the blues great's 80th birthday, the Geffen/UME set "B.B. King & Friends -- 80" features appearances by Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sheryl Crow and Gloria Estefan, among others.

Clapton appears on a new version of King's classic "The Thrill Is Gone" and Estefan adds her vocals to the Doc Pomus/Dr. John number "There Must Be a Better World Somewhere." Crow turns out for a run through Little Willie John's "Need Your Love So Bad," while John has the honor of closing the album, joining King for Jimmy Rogers' "Rock This House."

As previously reported, young gun John Mayer also appears on the set, contributing to Leon Russell's "Hummingbird." King revisits his own "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" with the Who's Roger Daltrey and "Tired Of Your Jive" with ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons, while Mark Knopfler plays guitar on "All Over Again."

Others appearing on the album are Van Morrison ("Early in the Morning"), Daryl Hall ("Ain't Nobody Home"), Bobby "Blue" Bland ("Funny How Time Slips Away") and the Eagles' Glenn Frey (Junior Parker's "Drivin' Wheel").

King has been steadily on the road this year, playing festivals and headlining shows, as well as fund raisers for the B.B. King Museum, a $10 million project that will honor the artist and preserve the Delta blues heritage. He was on hand in June for the groundbreaking in Indianola, Miss., near his birthplace.

King headlines tonight (Aug. 9) in Livermore, Calif., and has dates on his itinerary through the end of the year.

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