On May 19, 1988.

Rufus Wainwright

On May 19, 1988, “DreamWorks” label released the self-titled, debut Rufus Wainwright album. It was recorded 1986 – 1987, and was produced by Jon Brion and Pierre Marchand. “Rolling Stone” magazine named Wainwright the “Best New Artist of 1998”.


  • Rufus Wainwright– lead vocals and background vocals, piano, chamberlin, tack piano, acoustic guitar, castanets, half-speed piano, humming
  • Jon Brion– chamberlin, accordion, marimba, vibes , bass, optigan,  acoustic, baritone and electric guitar, percussion, timpani, crotales, celeste, temple blocks, assorted bells, tuned toms, mandolin, drums, tack piano, backing vocals
  • Randy Brion – horn arrangement, conductor
  • Yves Desrosiers – guitar,slide bass
  • Glen Hollman –upright, mandolin bass
  • Jim Keltner– drums
  • Pierre Marchand– bass, keyboards
  • Van Dyke Parks– string arrangement, conductor
  • Ash Sood – drums , percussion
  • Benmont Tench –piano, Hammond organ
  • Martha Wainwright– background vocals
  • Marty Grebb –alto saxophone

Track listing:

All tracks by Rufus Wainwright.

  1. Foolish Love
  2. Danny Boy
  3. April Fools
  4. In My Arms
  5. Millbrook
  6. Baby
  7. Beauty Mark
  8. Barcelona
  9. Matinee Idol
  10. Damned Ladies
  11. Sally Ann
  12. Imaginary Love



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