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On May 19, 1977.

On May 19, 1977, “Atlantic” label released “Sweet Passion”, the twenty-third Aretha Franklin album. It was recorded 1976 – 1977, at “ABC Recording Studios” in Los Angeles, “Whitney Recording Studios” in Glendale, CA, and was produced by Aretha Franklin, Lamont Dozier, Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager.

Personnel:

  • Aretha Franklin – vocals, keyboards
  • B. Barnum– rhythm arrangements, horn arrangements, string arrangements, keyboards
  • Ray Brown – bass guitar
  • Sonny Burke– keyboards
  • Joe Clayton – congas, percussion
  • Gary Coleman – percussion
  • Ronald Coleman – keyboards
  • Lamont Dozier– rhythm arrangements
  • Scott Edwards – bass guitar
  • James Gadson– drums
  • McKinley Jackson – rhythm arrangements, horn arrangements
  • Harold Mason – drums
  • Craig McMillian – guitar
  • Mike Morgan – guitar
  • Gene Page– horn and string arrangements
  • David Paich– keyboards
  • Ray Parker Jr.– guitar
  • Chuck Rainey– bass guitar
  • Lee Ritenour– guitar
  • Sylvester Rivers– keyboards
  • Bob Zimmitti – percussion
  • David Paich, Marty Paich – co-producers
  • Frank Kemjar, Reginald Dozier, Barney Perkins – engineer
  • Reginald Dozier, Barney Perkins – mixing.
  • Dennis King – mastering
  • Bob Defrin – photography
  • David Alexander – photography

Track listing:

  1. Break It To Me Gently – Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager
  2. When I Think About You – Aretha Franklin
  3. What I Did for Love – Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban
  4. No One Could Ever Love You More – Lamont Dozier
  5. A Tender Touch – Aretha Franklin
  6. Touch Me Up – Lamont Dozier
  7. Sunshine Will Never Be The Same – Lamont Dozier
  8. Meadows of Springtime – Aretha Franklin
  9. Mumbles / I’ve Got the Music in Me – Clark Terry, Aretha Franklin, Bias Boshell
  10. Sweet Passion – Aretha Franklin
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On April 11, 1976.

On April 11, 1976, “Treshold” label released “The Promise”, the debut Mike Pinder album. It was recorded 1974 – 1976, at Pinder’s studio at Malibu, Indigo Ranch, and was produced by Mike Pinder and Bob Margouleff.

Personnel:

  • Mike Pinder– vocals, synthesizer, acoustic guitar and 12 string guitar, piano, mellotron
  • Jim Dillon – vocals, acoustic, electric andslide guitar, sitar
  • Steve Beckmeier – acoustic and electric guitar
  • Fred Beckmeier – bass guitar
  • Joel DiBartolo – bass guitar
  • Jimmy Johnson– bass guitar
  • Bill Berg– drums, percussion
  • William D. “Smitty” Smith – organ
  • Jeanne King – vocals
  • Julia Tillman Waters – vocals
  • Maxine Willard Waters – vocals
  • Bobby Keys– tenor saxophone
  • Steve Madalo – trumpet
  • Susan McDonald – harp
  • Dean Olch – flute, shakuhachi
  • Tom Peterson – flute, tenor saxophone

Track listing:

All tracks by Mike Pinder except where noted.

  1. Free As A Dove
  2. You’ll Make It Through – Mike Pinder, Jim Dillon
  3. I Only Want To Love You
  4. Someone To Believe In
  5. Carry On
  6. Air
  7. Message
  8. The Seed
  9. The Promise

On April 8, 1976.

On April 8, 1976, “Atlantic” label released the self-titled, debut Firefall album. It was recorded in 1975, at “Criteria Studios” in Miami, Florida, and was produced by Jim Mason. This album became the fastest record to achieve gold status in “Atlantic” label history, and was certified Platinum by “RIAA” in the US.

Personnel:

  • Rick Roberts– vocals, acoustic guitars
  • Larry Burnett– vocals, acoustic, rhythm and electric guitars
  • Mark Andes- bass guitar
  • Jock Bartley- lead electric and slide guitars, Bigsby Palm Pedal guitar, cover concept
  • Michael Clarke– drums
  • David Muse – piano, clavinet, synthesizer, flute, tenor sax, harmonica
  • Joe Lala – congas, timbales, shakers, tambourine, finger cymbals, sand blocks
  • Peter Graves – trombone
  • Ken Faulk – trumpet
  • Whit Sidener – baritone sax
  • George Marino– mastering
  • Karl Richardson – engineer
  • Michael Laskow – engineer assistant
  • Ralph Wernli – front cover design

Track listing:

  1. It Doesn’t Matter – Chris Hillman, Rick Roberts, Stephen Stills
  2. Love Isn’t All – Larry Burnett
  3. Livin’ Ain’t Livin’ – Rick Roberts
  4. No Way Out – Larry Burnett
  5. Dolphin’s Lullaby – Rick Roberts
  6. Cinderella – Larry Burnett
  7. Sad Ol’ Love Song – Larry Burnett
  8. You Are the Woman – Rick Roberts
  9. Mexico – Rick Roberts
  10. Do What You Want – Larry Burnett

 

On February 11, 1977.

On February 11, 1977, “Deram” label released “Songwriter”, the second Justin Hayward album. It was recorded June – December 1976, at “Threshold” in London, and was produced by Tony Clarke, Justin Hayward and Martin Wyatt.

Personnel:

  • Justin Hayward – vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, bass, violin, cello, flute, tambourine
  • Jim Cockey – violin
  • Tom Tompkins – viola
  • Tim Tompkins – cello
  • Mel Galley– bass
  • Terry Rowley – guitar
  • Dave Holland– drums
  • Ken Freeman– keyboards
  • Doremi Hayward – backing vocals
  • Peter Knight- strings arranger, conductor
  • Tony Clarke, Derek Varnals, Dave Baker – engineer
  • Dean Rod – assistant engineer
  • Gary Ladinkski – mixing

Track listing:

All tracks by Justin Hayward.

  1. Tightrope
  2. Songwriter Part 1
  3. Songwriter Part 2
  4. Country Girl
  5. One Lonely Room
  6. Lay It on Me
  7. Stage Door
  8. Raised on Love
  9. Doin’ Time
  10. Nostradamus

 

On February 9, 1977.

On February 9, 1977, “Purple” label released “White Snake”, the first David Coverdale album. It was recorded in August 197, at “Kingsway Recorders” in London, “Musicland Studios” in Munich, and was produced by Roger Glover.

Personnel:

  • David Coverdale- lead vocals, piano, percussion
  • Micky Moody- guitars, percussion, backing vocals
  • Tim Hinkley– vocals, organ, percussion
  • Ron Aspery- baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, flute
  • DeLisle Harper – vocals, bass, percussion
  • Roger Glover– vocals, bass, melodica, ARP 2600 synthesizer, percussion
  • Simon Phillips- drums, percussion
  • Liza Strike, Helen Chappelle, Barry St. John – backing vocals

 Track listing:

All tracks by David Coverdale, except where noted.

  1. Lady – David Coverdale, Micky Moody
  2. Blindman
  3. Goldies Place
  4. Whitesnake – David Coverdale, Micky Moody
  5. Time on My Side – David Coverdale, Micky Moody
  6. Peace Lovin’ Man
  7. Sunny Days
  8. Hole in the Sky
  9. Celebration – David Coverdale, Micky Moody

 

On January 30, 1976.

On January 30, 1976, “Warner Bros” label released “Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s Rubber Band”, the debut Bootsy’s Rubber Band album. It was recorded 1975 – 197, at “United Sound Systems” in Detroit, Michigan, and was produced by George Clinton and William “Bootsy” Colins.

Personnel:

  • William “Bootsy” Collins– vocals, bass, guitar, drums, cowbell
  • Phelps Collins– guitar
  • Garry Shider– guitar
  • Michael Hampton– guitar
  • Gary Cooper – vocals, drums, tambourine
  • Cordell Mosson– drums
  • Frank Waddy – drums
  • Fred Wesley– trombone
  • Maceo Parker– saxophone
  • Michael Brecker– saxophone
  • Rick Gardner – trumpet
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • Bernie Worrell– keyboards; melodica
  • Sonny Talbert – keyboards
  • Frederick Allen – keyboards
  • Leslyn Bailey – vocals
  • Robert Johnson – vocals

Track listing:

  1. Stretchin’ Out (In a Rubber Band) – William Collins, George Clinton
  2. Psychoticbumpschool – William Collins, George Clinton, Bernard Worrell, Phelps Collins
  3. Another Point of View – William Collins, George Clinton, Phelps Collins
  4. I’d Rather Be With You – William Collins, George Clinton, Gary Cooper
  5. Love Vibes – William Collins, Leslyn Bailey
  6. Physical Love – William Collins, George Clinton, Gary Cooper, Garry Shider
  7. Vanish in Our Sleep – William Collins, George Clinton

 

On January 1, 1976.

On January 1, 1976, “Polydor” label released “Hot”, the 45th James Brown studio album. It was recorded in 1975, and was produced by James Brown.

Personnel:

  • James Brown – lead vocals, arrangements
  • Dave Matthews– arrangements
  • Bob Both- recording supervisor, engineer
  • David Stone, Major Little – engineer
  • Michael Doret – artwork

Track listing:

All tracks by James Brown; except where noted.

  1. Hot (I Need to Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)
  2. So Long – Irving Melsher, Remus Harris, Russ Morgan
  3. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons – Deek Watson, William Best
  4. Try Me
  5. The Future Shock of the World
  6. Woman
  7. Most of All 0 Hank Thompson
  8. Goodnight My Love – Gus Arnheim, Harry Tobias, Jules Lemare

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