It'll be a blues Christmas this year, as B.B. King releases his first holiday-themed album, "A Christmas Celebration of Hope" Nov. 6 on MCA. The set, which King produced, will feature the artist layer

It'll be a blues Christmas this year, as B.B. King releases his first holiday-themed album, "A Christmas Celebration of Hope" Nov. 6 on MCA. The set, which King produced, will feature the artist layering his legendary blues stylings over a selection of classic and new holiday tunes, including "Please Come Home For Christmas," "Auld Lang Syne," and "Back Door Santa."

The album also features two King originals: "Christmas Celebration," which he originally released in 1960, and the new instrumental "Christmas Love."

MCA is donating all profits from the sale of "A Christmas Celebration of Hope" to the medical and research center City of Hope, which provides care for cancer patients and conducts research into cancer, diabetes, AIDS, and other diseases. The Music and Entertainment Industry Chapter of City of Hope, formed 25 years ago, has raised over $30 million for the center to date.

"It has been my long time dream to produce an album of Christmas music," King said in a statement. "It is with pleasure that I dedicate this album to City of Hope in support of their hard work to bring hope and healing to all people who suffer from life threatening diseases everywhere."

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