Ray Charles’ 1984 Duets Album to Be Reissued

An album of Ray Charles duets with country stars will be reissued July 12 by Columbia/Legacy Records. Originally released in 1984, Friendship features five songs that reached the Top 15 of Billboard’s country singles charts, including “Seven Spanish Angels,” a No. 1 hit with Willie Nelson. Other musical partners include Hank Williams Jr., the Oak Ridge Boys, George Jones, Chet Atkins, Janie Fricke, B.J. Thomas, Ricky Skaggs, Mickey Gilley, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. Duets with Tony Bennett and Billy Joel from the mid-’80s have been added as bonus tracks.