On March 17, 1979, “Swan Song” label released “Desolation Angels” the fifth Bad Company studio album. It was recorded August – September 1978, at “Ridge Farm Studio” in Surrey, UK, and was produced by Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Boz Burrell and Simon Kirke.
Paul Rodgers – vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizers
On January 26, 1979, “Gordy” label released “Bustin’ Out of L Seven”, the second Rick James album. It was recorded in 1978, at “Sigma Sound Recording Studio” in New York City, “Magic Wand Recording Studio” in Hollywood, and was produced by Rick James and Art Stewart.
Rick James – vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion
Oscar Alston – bass
Richard Shaw – bass
Levi Ruffin – synthesizer, percussion
Clarence Sims – keyboards, percussion
Bobby Nunn – keyboards
Freddie Rappilo – guitar
Wally Ali – guitar
Dorothy Ashby – harp
Ernie Fields, Jr. – saxophone
Michael Brecker – saxophone
Fernando Harkness – tenor saxophone
Garnett Brown – trombone
Oscar Brashear – trombone
George Bohanon – trombone
Wayne Jackson – trumpet
Randy Brecker – trumpet
Fred Jackson, Jr. – alto saxophone, alto flute
Al Szymanski – guitar
Lanise Hughes – drums, percussion
Lorenzo Shaw – drums, percussion
Jackie Ruffin – percussion
Shondra Akiem – percussion
Teena Marie – background vocals
Julia Tillman Waters – background vocals
Bobby Nunn, Billy Nunn, Sascha Meeks, Richard Shaw, Jackie Ruffin – background vocals
On January 26, 1979, “Chrysalis” label released “Valley of the Dolls”, the second Generation X studio album. It was recorded in 1978, at “Wessex Sound Studios” in London, and was produced by Ian Hunter.
Billy Idol − vocals
Tony James − bass
Bob “Derwood” Andrews − guitar
Mark Laff − drums
Clive Bunker – drums
All tracks by Billy Idol and Tony James, except where noted.
Running with the Boss Sound – Billy Idol, Tony James, Bob Andrews
On January 23, 1978, Terry Alan Kath died aged 31. He was musician (guitar, bass guitar), vocalist, and songwriter, member of the bands The Mystics, Jimmy Ford and the Executives, Missing Links, but was best known as the founding member and guitarist of Chicago.
In December 1978, “Baystate” label released the self-titled debut The Super Jazz Trio album. It was recorded in November 1978, at “Sound Ideas Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Yoshio Ozawa.
On December 15, 1978, “Motown” label released “Here, My Dear”, the fifteenth Marvin Gaye studio album. It was recorded March 1977 – July 1978, at Marvins’s room in Los Angeles, and was produced by Marvin Gaye.
On November 29, 2001, George Harrison died aged 58. He was musician (guitar), singer, songwriter, and music and movie producer, lead guitarist and occasional lead vocalist of The Beatles. His interest in folk music and especially in Indian music had serious influence on the band’s Hindu-aligned spirituality in the later years. Some of his songs composed for the band include “Here Comes the Sun”, “Something”, “Taxman”, “Within You Without You”, and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. After The Beatles broke-up in 1970, Harrison released the album “All Things Must Pass” which included the track “My Sweet Lord”, his most successful single, and the first solo single by any member of The Beatles that sold over million copies. In 1971, together with Ravi Shankar he organized “Concert for Bangladesh”, the first big benefit concert in the music history. In 1974, Harrison founded the music label “Dark Horse Records”, and co-founded movie label “Hand Made Films” in 1978. In 1988, with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison, he co-founded the supergroup The Travelling Wilburys. As a guitarist he recorded for Badfinger, Billy Preston, Bob Dylan, Duane Eddy, Randy Newman, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, and Tom Petty. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Harrison at number 11 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. In 1988, as a member of The Beatles he was inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and in 2004, posthumously for his solo career. As a solo artist, Harrison released twelve studio and two live albums.
On November 18, 1978, “Atlantic” label released “Love Beach”, the seventh Emerson, Lake & Palmer studio album. It was recorded in 1978, at “Compass Point Studios” in Nassau, Bahamas, and was produced by Keith Emerson.
Keith Emerson – keyboards
Greg Lake – vocals, guitars, bass, harmonica
Carl Palmer – drums, percussion
Jack Nuber – engineer
Karl Pitterson – engineer
All lyrics by Peter Sinfield, all music as noted.
All I Want is You – Greg Lake
Love Beach – Greg Lake
Taste of My Love – Greg Lake
The Gambler – Keith Emerson, Greg Lake
For You – Greg Lake
Canario – Joaquin Rodrigo
Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman – Keith Emerson
On November 6, 1998, “Ark 21” label released “Seven Worlds”, the fourth Eric Johnson album. It was recorded 1976 – 1978, at “Odyssey Sound” and “Pecan Street” in Austin, Texas, and was produced by Jay Aaron Podolnick.
Eric Johnson – lead vocals, guitar, Fender Rhodes electric piano, piano, lap steel guitar