Country Throwback: Hank Williams Jr. Joined by B.B. King for ‘All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight’ in 1985

by Chris Haney

In this Country Throwback edition, we’re revisiting Hank Williams Jr.’s 1985 live performance of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” with blues legend B.B. King.

Back in 1985, Williams was riding high off the success of 1984’s Major Moves. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The second single off the album, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” became a hit and was even nominated for two Grammy Awards. They included the Grammy Award for Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

Although he didn’t win in either category, the single has been one of the country singer’s biggest songs for more than 35 years. During the 1985 Grammy Awards, the awards show paired iconic blues guitarist B.B. King with Williams for an electric live performance of Williams’ hit song.

Hank Williams Jr. and The Bama Band featuring B.B. King took the Grammy stage and rocked the awards show. The band, along with King, turned the usually tepid event into a lively party during their set. King added an extra touch of soul as he jammed on his famous black Gibson guitar “Lucille.” The already energetic song is taken to another level with King’s help. Check out Williams Jr. and King’s performance of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” below.

Hank Williams Jr.’s Longtime ‘MNF’ Theme Song Replaced

Most NFL football fans know Hank Williams Jr.’s hit song whether they realize it or not. Since 1989, a version of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” has been the theme song to Monday Night Football.

Williams performed the football-themed version called “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” for decades. However, MNF changed its theme song entirely this season for the first time in 31 years.

In September, ESPN announced that Hank Williams Jr.’s MNF introduction song would be replaced. A new, updated version of Little Richard’s 1956 hit “Rip It Up” is now hyping up football fans before each Monday night game.

The new rendition of “Rip It Up” is performed by a Virginia-based band called Butcher Brown. The band took care of the instrumentals and arrangements for the new song. Of course, Richard’s vocals were incorporated into the song posthumously, as he passed away in May.