Legendary blues star Bb King has no plans to retire, despite turning 80 last month (SEP05).

The STAND BY ME hitmaker is preparing to release his latest album, BB KING AND FRIENDS - 80, and is determined it will not be his last.

He says, "I intend to do it for as long as possible, as longs as my health lets me. I'm diabetic, but other than that my health is pretty good. I can get along pretty well.

"People still buy my records and come to my concerts. I don't want to go fishing every day and I don't feel like watching HOOT GIBSON, ROY ROGERS and all those guys, the old movies I'm crazy about, cowboy movies. I couldn't do that every day.

"So what else is there for me to do?"