“I was on a roll. Eric Clapton played with me at the Royal Albert Hall last year (for Further On Up The Road), so I said to myself, 'What the hell? Let me see if my luck will continue.' I called up Mr King - that’s what I call him, even though he’s a dear friend - and I said, 'Um, would you possibly consider playing on my new record?' To my surprise, he said yes.
“We were thinking of two songs, Buzz Me and Night Life, both of which are on BB's album Blues Is King (1967) but I chose Night Life because I think it’s more iconic.
“BB cut his parts in Vegas. The guy works more than I do; he can’t just jump on a plane to Greece. He nailed his takes and was incredible. Then it was up to me to see how I could compete with him.
"The truth is, you can’t. But you do play and sing harder - not just harder but smarter. Come on, you’re paired with BB King. He’s gonna trounce you. Look for your spots to shine.”