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On July 5, 1969.

On July 5, 1969, “Dunhill” label released “Bubblegum, Lemonade and… Something for Mama”, the second Cass Elliot album under the billing “Mama Cass”. It was recorded in 1969 and was produced by Steve Barri.

Personnel:

  • Mama Cass – vocals
  • Mike Deasy– guitar
  • Red Rhodes– steel guitar
  • Hal Blaine– drums, percussion
  • Steve Barri– percussion
  • Ben Benay – guitar, harmonica
  • Jimmie Haskell– accordion, arranger, conductor
  • Phil Kaye – percussion, engineer
  • Larry Knechtel– organ, piano
  • Joe Osborn– bass
  • Gary Burden- art direction, design
  • Henry Diltz- photography

Track listing

  1. It’s Getting Better – Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
  2. Blow Me a Kiss – Jack Carone
  3. Sour Grapes -Tom Ghent
  4. Easy Come, Easy Go – Diane Hildebrand, Jack Keller
  5. I Can Dream, Can’t I? – Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal
  6. Welcome To the World – Martin Eagle Siegel, Scott English
  7. Lady Love – Delaney Bramlett
  8. He’s a Runner – Laura Nyro
  9. Move in a Little Closer, Baby – Robert O’Connor, Arnold Jay Capitanelli
  10. When I Just Wear My Smile – Tom V. Lane, Sharyn Pulley
  11. Who’s To Blame – Leah Kunkel
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In January 1972.

In January 1972, “Columbia” label released “I’ve Found Someone of My Own”, the only Free Movement album. It was recorded in 1971, and was produced by Michael Omartian, Bill Straw, Joe Porter and Toxey French.

Personnel:

  • Adrian Jefferson, Cheryl Conley, Claude Jefferson, Godoy Colbert, Jennifer Gates, Josephine Brown – vocals
  • Ben Benay, Jerry McGhee – guitar
  • Jerry Scheff, Bobby West – bass
  • Gene Pello – drums
  • Milt Holland, Victor Feldman– percussion
  • Bobbye Hall, King Erison – congas
  • Bill Straw – executive producer
  • Michael Omartian– arranger, piano
  • Toxey French, Jimmie Haskell– arranger

Track listing:

All tracks by Frank F. Robinson except where noted.

  1. I’ve Found Someone of My Own
  2. Land Where I Live – Hilton, William Flemister
  3. Son of the Zulu King – Chick Carlton
  4. If Only You Believe – Brian Potter, Dennis Lambert
  5. Love the One You’re With – Stephen Stills
  6. The Harder I Try (The Bluer I Get)
  7. Comin’ Home
  8. I Know I Could Love You Better (The Second Time Around) – Bobby Arvon
  9. Your Love Has Grown Cold – Michael Omartian
  10. Could You Believe in a Dream – Al Jarreau
  11. Where Do We Go from Here – Mike Settle

On August 19, 1976.

On August 19, 1976, “Atlantic” label released “Coming Out”, the third Manhattan Transfer album. It was recorded in 1975, and was produced by Richard Perry.

Personnel:

  • Tim Hauser– vocals, arranger
  • Laurel Massé– vocals, arranger
  • Alan Paul– vocals, arranger
  • Janis Siegel– vocals, arranger
  • Michael Brecker– soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Jackie Kelso– tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
  • Jay Migliori– tenor saxophone
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • Ira Newborn– autoharp, guitar, arranger
  • Ben Benay, Robert Bowles – guitar
  • Andy Muson – double bass, bass guitar
  • Dave Frishberg– Clavinet, keyboards, piano
  • Paul Griffin– keyboards, organ, synthesizer
  • John– piano, keyboards
  • John Barnes, Clarence McDonald– piano
  • Arthur Jenkins– piano, arranger
  • Mike Melvoin– piano
  • Tim Hauser– assistant producer
  • Douglas Botnick, Lewis Hahn, Rick Rowe – engineer
  • Bill Payne, Roger Steinman – piano
  • Steve Paietta – accordion
  • Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, David Kemper, Roy Markowitz, Jim Nelson, Rick Shlosser, Ringo Starr– drums
  • Ralph MacDonald– congas, percussion
  • Nicky Marrero – percussion, timbales
  • Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez Jr– bongos, percussion
  • Bobbye Hall, Doug Thorngren – percussion
  • Tim Hauser– assistant producer
  • Douglas Botnick, Lewis Hahn, Rick Rowe – engineer
  • Howard Steele – engineer, remixing
  • Dennis Devlin, Dan Latham, Tim Sadler – assistant engineer
  • Allen Zentz – mastering

Track listing:

  1. Don’t Let Go – Jesse Stone
  2. Zindy Lou – Johnny Moore, Eddie Smith
  3. Chanson D’Amour – Wayne Shanklin
  4. Helpless – Holland-Dozier-Holland
  5. Scotch and Soda – Dave Guard
  6. The Speak Up Mambo (Cuentame) – Al Castellanos
  7. Poinciana(The Song Of The Tree) Nat Simon, Buddy Bernier
  8. O.S – Ron Roker, Gerry Shury, Phil Swern
  9. Popsicle Toes – Michael Franks
  10. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference – Todd Rundgren
  11. The Thought of Loving You – David White

In July 1973.

In July 1973, “ABC” label released “Countdown to Ecstasy”, the second Steely Dan studio album. It was recorded in 1973, at “Caribou Ranch” in Nederland, “The Village Recorder” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Gary Katz. The cover painting was by Dorothy White.

Personnel:

  • Donald Fagen– acoustic and electric pianos, synthesizer, lead vocals
  • Walter Becker– electric bass, harmonica, background vocals
  • Denny Dias– electric guitar, mixing
  • Jeff “Skunk” Baxter– electric and pedal steel guitars
  • Jim Hodder– drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Ray Brown– string bass
  • Ben Benay– acoustic guitar
  • Rick Derringer– slide guitar
  • Victor Feldman– vibraphone, marimba, percussion
  • Ernie Watts, Johnny Rotella, Lanny Morgan, Bill Perkins– saxophones
  • Sherlie Matthews, Myrna Matthews, Patricia Hall, David Palmer, James Rolleston, Michael Fennelly– background vocals
  • Engineer: Roger Nichols
  • Assistant engineer: Miss Natalie
  • Album design: Dotty of Hollywood
  • Photography: Ed Caraeff

Track listing:

All tracks by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. Bodhisattva
  2. Razor Boy
  3. The Boston Rag
  4. Your Gold Teeth
  5. Show Biz Kids
  6. My Old School
  7. Pearl of the Quarter
  8. King of the World

In June 1974.

In June 1974, “Round Records” label released “Compliments” (known as Garcia), the second Jerry Garcia solo album. It was recorded in 1974, and was produced by John Kahn.

Personnel:

  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals, classical guitar
  • Arthur Adams – guitar
  • Michael Omartian- piano, tack piano, Fender Rhodes
  • John Kahn – bass, horn arrangement, string arrangement
  • Ron Tutt – drums
  • Merl Saunders- organ
  • Larry Carlton– guitar
  • Bobbye Hall- percussion
  • Melvin Moore – trumpet
  • Gene Connors – trombone, horn arrangement
  • Jackie Kelso – saxophones
  • Amos Garrett– trombone
  • Joel Tepp- clarinet
  • Richard Greene – violin
  • Merry Clayton- background vocals
  • Maria Muldaur, Clydie King, Patty- background vocals
  • Geoff Muldaur– clarinet
  • Ben Benay – rhythm guitar
  • Tom Rose – clarinet
  • John Rotella – e flat clarinet
  • Willie Green – b flat clarinet
  • Gary Ray – b flat clarinet
  • Julian Sheer – bass clarinet
  • Sid Page– violin
  • Carl Pedersen – violin
  • Nathan Rubin – violin
  • Emily van Valkenburg – violin
  • Miriam Dye – viola
  • Nancy Ellis – viola
  • Terry Adams – cello
  • Judiyaba – cello
  • Arnie Egilsson, Ray Siegal – string bass
  • Sid Sharp – contractor
  • David Nichtern – guitar
  • David Grisman- mandolin
  • Vassar Clements– violin
  • Engineer – Ron Malo
  • Production assistants – Richard Loren, Joshua Blardo
  • Equipment – Ramrod, Steve Parrish
  • Cover art – Victor Moscoso

Track listing:

  1. Let It Rock – Chuck Berry
  2. When The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game – Smokey Robinson
  3. That’s What Love Will Make You Do – Henderson Thigpen, James Banks, Eddy Marion
  4. Russian Lullaby – Irving Berlin
  5. Turn On The Bright Lights – Albert Washington
  6. He Ain’t Give You None – Van Morrison
  7. What Goes Around – Mac Rebbenack
  8. Let’s Spend The Night Together – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  9. Mississippi Moon – Peter Rowan
  10. Midnight Town – Robert Hunter, John Kahn

 

In April 1975.

In April 1975, “Cube” label released “Jamaica Say You Will”, the fifth Joe Cocker studio album. It was recorded in 1974, at “The Village Recorders” in Los Angeles and was produced by Jim Price.

Personnel:

  • Joe Cocker – lead vocals
  • Ben Benay, Dan Sawyer, Daniel Moore, Henry McCullough, Cornell Dupree- guitar
  • Chuck Rainey, Chris Stewart, Dave McDaniel – bass
  • Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Jim Karstein, Joe Correro – drums
  • Don Poncher – percussion
  • Jim Price, Jean Alain Roussel, Nicky Hopkins, Richard Tee- keyboards
  • Ben Benay – harmonica
  • Sherlie Matthews, Cynthia Barclay, Carol Stallings, Jim Price, Matthew Moore, Daniel Moore, Buzz Clifford, Joanne Bell, Clydie King, Venetta Fields- backing vocals
  • Jim Horn, Trevor Lawrence, Bobby Keys- saxophone
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet
  • Peggy Sandvig – orchestration
  • Sid Sharp – strings
  • Arranged by Jim Price, Richard tee
  • Additional orchestration by Peggy Sandvig
  • Additional choral arranging by Daniel Moore
  • Engineered by Zak Zenor, Rob Fraboni, Rob Fraboni and Joe Tuzen
  • Mastered by Allen Zentz

Track listing:

  1. (That’s What I Like) In My Woman – Matthew Moore
  2. Where Am I Now – Jesse Ed Davis
  3. I Think It’s Going to Rain Today – Randy Newman
  4. Forgive Me Now – Matthew Moore
  5. Oh Mama – Jim Price
  6. Lucinda – Randy Newman
  7. If I Love You – Daniel Moore
  8. Jamaica, Say You Will – Jackson Browne
  9. It’s All Over But the Shoutin’ – Joe Hinton, Johnny Bristol
  10. Jack-A-Diamonds – Daniel Moore

In March 1971.

In March 1971, “Atco” label released “Motel Shot”, the fourth Delaney & Bonnie and Friends album. It was recorded in 1971, and was produced by Delaney Bramlett.

Personnel:

  • Delaney Bramlett- guitar, vocals, arranger
  • Bonnie Bramlett- vocals
  • Duane Allman- slide guitar
  • Ben Benay- guitar
  • Kenny Gradney- bass guitar
  • John Hartford- banjo, fiddle
  • Eddie James – guitar
  • Jim Keltner- drums
  • Bobby Keys- saxophone
  • Dave Mason- guitar
  • Gram Parsons- guitar, vocals
  • Carl Radle- bass guitar
  • Joe Cocker- backing vocals
  • Leon Russell- piano, vocals
  • Clarence White- guitar, vocals
  • Bobby Whitlock- vocals
  • Jay York – backing vocals
  • Recording engineers: Bruce Botnick, Richard Moore, Lewis Peters
  • Photography: Barry Feinstein
  • Liner notes: Tom Wilkes

Track listing:

  1. Where the Soul Never Dies – traditional
  2. Will the Circle Be Unbroken – P. Carter
  3. Rock of Ages – traditional
  4. Long Road Ahead Delaney Bramlett, Bonnie Bramlett, Carl Radle
  5. Faded Love – Bob Wills, Johnnie Wills
  6. Talkin’ about Jesus – traditional
  7. Come On In My Kitchen – Payne (Robert Johnson)
  8. Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go) – Chuck Willis
  9. Never Ending Song of Love – Delaney Bramlett
  10. Sing My Way Home – Delaney Bramlett
  11. Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad – traditional, Delaney Bramlett
  12. Lonesome and a Long Way from Home – Delaney Bramlett, Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell