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In September 1966

In September 1966, “Phillips” label released “Wild Is the Wind”, the sixth Nina Simone studio album. It was recorded 1964 – 1965, in New York City, and was produced by Hal Mooney. In 2020, it was ranked 212 on “Rolling Stone’s” list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.


  • Nina Simone – vocals, piano, arranger
  • Horace Ott – arranger
  • Sid Mark – liner notes
  1. I Love Your Lovin’ Ways – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  2. Four Woman – Nina Simone
  3. What More Can I Say – Horace Ott, Wade Brown Jr.
  4. Lilac Wine – James Shelton
  5. That’s All I Ask – Horace Ott
  6. Break Down and Let It All Out – Van McCoy
  7. Why keep On Breaking My Heart – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  8. Wild is the Wind – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
  9. Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair – traditional
  10. If I Should Lose You – Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin
  11. Either Way I Lose – Van McCoy

On July 21, 1983.

On July 21, 1983, “Jet” label released “Dirty Fingers”, the third Gary Moore studio album. It was recorded in 1981 and was produced by Chris Tsangarides.


  • Gary Moore– guitar, co-lead and backing vocals
  • Charlie Huhn– lead vocals
  • Don Airey– organ, keyboards
  • Jimmy Bain– bass
  • Tommy Aldridge– drums
  • Chris Tsangarides– engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Gary Moore, except where noted.

  1. Hiroshima
  2. Dirty Fingers
  3. Bad News
  4. Don’t Let Me be Misunderstood – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus, Gloria Caaldwell
  5. Run to Your Mama
  6. Nuclear Attack
  7. Kidnapped
  8. Really Gonna Rock Tonight
  9. Lonely Nights
  10. Rest in Peace

On May 29, 2012.

On May 29, 2012, “Sire” label released “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats”, the sixth Regina Spektor studio album. It was recorded in 2011, in Los Angeles, and was produced by Mike Elizondo and Regina Spektor.


  • Regina Spektor – vocals, piano, keyboards, marimba
  • Mike Elizondo – bass, upright bass, acoustic and electric guitars, programming
  • Jack Dishel: vocals
  • Aaron Sterling – drums, percussion, marimba
  • Jay Bellerose – drums, percussion, bongos
  • Danny T. Levin – trumpet
  • David Moyer – baritone and tenor saxophone
  • John Daversa: trumpet
  • Adam Hawkins – engineer
  • Brent Arrowood – engineer assistant
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Stephen Walker – art direction, design
  • Shervin Lainez – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Regina Spektor except where noted.

  1. Small Town Moon
  2. Oh Marcello – Regina Spektor with interpolation by Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus, and Gloria Caldwell (Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood)
  3. Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)
  4. Firewood
  5. Patron Saint
  6. How
  7. All the Rowboats
  8. Ballad of a Politician
  9. Open
  10. The Party
  11. Jessica

On January 17, 1969.

On January 17, 1969, “Atlantic” label released “Soul ’69”, the fourteen Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded April 17–18 and September 24, 1968, at “Atlantic Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Tom Dowd and Jerry Wexler.


  • Aretha Franklin – vocals, piano
  • Junior Mance– piano
  • Spooner Oldham– organ
  • Joe Zawinul– organ, piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Kenny Burrell– guitar
  • Jimmy Johnson– guitar
  • Ron Carter– bass guitar
  • Jerry Jemmott– bass guitar
  • Tommy Cogbill– bass guitar
  • Bruno Carr – drums
  • Roger Hawkins– drums
  • Grady Tate– drums
  • Jack Jennings – vibraphone
  • Louie Goicdecha, Manuel Gonzales – percussion
  • David Newman– tenor saxophone, flute
  • King Curtis, Seldon Powell– tenor saxophone
  • George Dorsey, Frank Wess– alto saxophone
  • Pepper Adams– baritone saxophone
  • Joe Newman, Bernie Glow, Richard Williams, Snook Young,  Ernie Royal– trumpet
  • Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Benny Powell, Thomas Mitchell – trombone
  • Evelyn Greene, Wyline Ivy – backing vocals
  • Arif Mardin – arrangements

Track listing:

  1. Ramblin’ – Big Maybelle
  2. Today I Sing the Blues – Curtis Reginald Lewis
  3. River’s Invitation – Percy Mayfield
  4. Pitiful – Rosie Marie McCoy, Charlie Singleton
  5. Crazy He Calls Me – Bob Russell, Carl Sigman
  6. Bring It On Home to Me – Sam Cooke
  7. Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, Marv Tarplin
  8. If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody – Rudy Clark
  9. Gentle on My Mind – John Hartford
  10. So Long – Russ Morgan, Remus Harris, Irving Melsher
  11. I’ll Never Be Free – Bennie Benjamin, George David Weiss
  12. Elusive Butterfly – Bob Lind

On December 14, 1959.

On December 14, 1959, “Decca” label released “Strictly Instrumental, the ninth Bill Haley & His Comets album. It was recorded June 1958 – September 1959, and was produced by Milt Gabler.


  • Bill Haley– rhythm guitar
  • Franny Beecher– lead guitar
  • Billy Williamson– steel guitar
  • Johnny Grande– piano
  • Ralph Jones– drums
  • Rudy Pompilli- tenor saxophone
  • Al Rex– bass guitar
  • Al Pompilli- bass guitar
  • Al Rappa- bass guitar

 Track listing:

  1. Joey’s Song- Joe Reisman
  2. Music! Music! Music!- Bernie Baum, Stephen Weiss
  3. Mack the Knife – Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein
  4. In a Little Spanish Town- Mabel Wayne, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young
  5. Two Shadows – Johnny Grande, Billy Williamson
  6. Shaky – Franny Beecher, Billy Williamson
  7. Strictly Instrumental – Bennie Benjamin, Edgar Battle, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler
  8. Skokiaan- Tom Glazer, August Msarurgwa
  9. Puerto Rican Peddler – Johnny Brandon
  10. Drowsy Waters – Jack Ailau
  11. Chiquita Linda (Un Poquito de tu Amor) – Julio Gutierrez
  12. The Catwalk – Franny Beecher, Billy Williamson


In December 1974.

In December 1974, “Capitol” label released “Sun Secrets”, the first Eric Burdon Band album. It was recorded in 1973, at “Record Plant” in Sausalito, California, and was produced by Jerry Goldstein.


  • Eric Burdon – vocals
  • Aalon Butler – guitar
  • Randy Rice – bass
  • Alvin Taylor- drums
  • Ed Barton – engineer
  • Norman Seeff- photography

Track listing:

  1. It’s My Life – Roger Atkins, Carl D’Errico
  2. Ring of Fire – June Carter, Merle Kilgore
  3. Medley: When I Was Young / War Child – Eric Burdon, Aalon Butler
  4. The Real Me – Eric Burdon, Aalon Butler
  5. Medley:Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood / Nina’s School – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus, Gloria Caldwell, Eric Burdon, Aalon Butler
  6. Letter from the County Farm – Eric Burdon, Rosco Gordon
  7. Sun Secrets – Aalon Butler

On June 1, 1999.

On June 1, 1999, “Uptown / Universal” labels released “Here Comes the Bride”, the fourth Spin Doctors studio. It was recorded in 1999, and was produced by Aaron Comess.


  • Chris Barron –guitar, vocals
  • Aaron Comess –drums, bass, guitar, accordion, keyboards
  • Eran Tabib – guitar
  • Mark White – bass
  • Ivan Neville– keyboards, vocals
  • Joe Bonadio –tambourine, hand drums
  • Lani Groves – background vocals
  • Todd Horton –trumpet
  • Arnie Lawrence –saxophone
  • Andrew Lippman –trombone
  • Catherine Russell– background vocals
  • Judith Talvi –cello
  • Engineers: Peter Denenberg, Tom Fritze
  • Mixing: Aaron Comess, Peter Denenberg
  • Mastering:Ted Jensen

Track listing:

All tracks by Chris Barron and Aaron Comess except where noted.

  1. Here Comes the Bride
  2. Vampires in the Sun
  3. Waiting for the Blow – Chris Barron, Aaron Comess, Bennie Benjamin, Eddie Durham, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler
  4. The Man
  5. Gone Mad
  6. Wow
  7. Siren Dress
  8. Gorilla Boy
  9. Key to the Kingdom
  10. Fisherman’s Delight
  11. The Bigger I Laugh, the Harder I Cry
  12. Dodging Assassins
  13. Diamond
  14. Tomorrow Can Pay the Rent – Chris Barron
  15. Let´s Try Again

On June 5, 1995.


On June 5, 1995, “Polydor” label released “Days Like This”, the twenty-third Van Morrison studio album. It was recorded in 1995, at “Windmill Lane Recording” in Dublin, and “The Wool Hall and Real World Studios” in Bath, and was produced by Van Morrison and Phil Coulter.


  • Van Morrison— vocal, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, alto saxophone, Hammond organ
  • Liam Bradley — drums
  • Phil Coulter— piano
  • Geoff Dunn— drums, tambourine
  • Noel Eccles — drums
  • Pee Wee Ellis— tenor and alto saxophones
  • Leo Green— tenor saxophone
  • Matthew Holland — trumpet, flugelhorn
  • James Hunter— electric guitar, background vocals
  • Ronnie Johnson — electric guitar
  • Brian Kennedy— background vocals
  • Teena Lyle — recorder, piano, vibraphone, congas, background vocals
  • Foggy Lyttle— electric guitar
  • Arty McGlynn— acoustic guitar
  • James McMillan— trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Shana Morrison— vocal, background vocals
  • Jonn Savannah— Hammond organ
  • Nicky Scott — bass guitar
  • Kate St. John— alto saxophone, oboe
  • Pee Wee Ellis, James McMillan – horn arrangements
  • Mick Glossop, Walter Samuel, Brian Masterson – recording engineer
  • Matthew Lawrence, Greig Sangster, Avril Mackintosh, Jamie Cullum, Alastair McMillan, Meabh Flynn – assistant engineer
  • Walter Samuel, Mick Glossop – mixing
  • Ian Cooper, Tim Young – mastering

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Morrison, except where noted.

  1. Perfect Fit
  2. Russian Roulette
  3. Raincheck
  4. You Don’t Know Me – Arnold, Walker
  5. No Religion
  6. Underlying Depression
  7. Songwriter
  8. Days Like This
  9. I’ll Never Be Free – Bennie Benjamin, George David Weiss
  10. Melancholia
  11. Ancient Highway
  12. In the Afternoon

On April 23, 1969.


On April 23, 1969, “Regal Zonophone” label released released “With a Little Help from My Friends”, the debut Joe Cocker album. It was recorded in 1968, at “Olympic Studios” and “Trident Studios” in London, and was produced by Denny Cordell.


  • Joe Cocker: vocals
  • David Cohen: guitar
  • Tony Visconti: guitar
  • Jimmy Page: guitar
  • Henry McCullough: guitar
  • Albert Lee: guitar
  • Chris Stainton: piano, organ, bass guitar
  • Tommy Eyre: piano, organ
  • Artie Butler: piano
  • Matthew Fisher: organ
  • Stevie Winwood: organ
  • Carol Kaye: bass guitar
  • Clem Cattini, Mike Kellie, J. Wilson, Kenny: drums
  • Laudir: tumba, maracas
  • Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Merry Clayton, Madeline Bell, Rosetta Hightower, Sue Wheetman, Sunny Wheetman: backing vocals
  • Paul Humphrey: drums
  • Tony Visconti: mixing engineer
  • Tom Wilkes: album design
  • Martin Keeley: front cover photo
  • Eric Hays, Herb Greene: back cover photo

Track listing:

  1. Feeling Alright – Dave Mason
  2. Bye Bye Blackbird – Ray Henderson, Mort Dixon
  3. Change in Louise – Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton
  4. Marjorine – Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton
  5. Just Like a Woman – Bob Dylan
  6. Do I Still Figure in Your Life? – Pete Dello
  7. Sandpaper Cadillac – Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton
  8. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus, Bennie Benjamin
  9. With a Little Help from My Friends – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  10. I Shall Be Released – Bob Dylan


On February 21, 1986.

King of America

On February 21, 1986, “F-Beat” label released “King of America”, the tenth Elvis Costello studio album. “King of America” was recorded in 1985 and 1986, at “Ocean Way” and “Sunset Sound & Sound Factory Studio”, and was produced by J. Henry (T-Bone) Burnett and Declan MacManus.

  • Elvis Costello – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, lead vocal
  • T-Bone Burnett- guitars, backing vocals
  • Mitchell Froom– Hammond organ, harpsichord, organ, doctored piano
  • Tom “T-Bone” Wolk– electric guitar, piano accordion, electric bass
  • Jerry Scheff– string bass, electric bass
  • Mickey Curry– brushes, drums, sticks
  • Michael Blair –marimba
  • James Burton– electric guitar, Dobro, acoustic guitar
  • Tom Canning– piano
  • Ralph Carney- saxophone
  • Jim Keltner– sticks, drums, brushes
  • Earl Palmer– brushes, drums
  • Ron Tutt– brushes, drums
  • Ray Brown– double bass
  • David Hidalgo– harmony vocal
  • Jo-El Sonnier– French accordion
  • Steve Nieve– piano, Hammond organ
  • Bruce Thomas– electric bass
  • Pete Thomas– sticks, drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Declan MacManus except where noted.

  1. Brilliant Mistake
  2. Lovable – Declan MacManus and Cait O’Riordan
  3. Our Little Angel
  4. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus and Gloria Caldwell
  5. Glitter Gulch
  6. Indoor Fireworks
  7. Little Palaces
  8. I’ll Wear It Proudly
  9. American Without Tears
  10. Eisenhower Blues – B. Lenoir
  11. Poisoned Rose
  12. The Big Light
  13. Jack of All Parades
  14. Suit of Lights
  15. Sleep of the Just