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On October 15, 2002.

On October 15, 2002, “Elektra” label released “Let It Rain”, the sixth Tracy Chapman album. It was recorded in 2002, at “The Plant Studios” in Sausalito, California, and was produced by Tracy Chapman and John Parish.


  • Tracy Chapman – acoustic guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, electric guitar, lead vocals, handclapping, electric banjo
  • Bill Bennet – oboe
  • Matthew Brubeck – cello
  • Jeremy Cohen – violin
  • Linda Ghidossi de Luca – viola
  • Joe Gore – acoustic guitar, piano, electric guitar, keyboard, ukulele, bazouki, gourd, lap steel guitar
  • Steve Hunter– electric guitar
  • Carla Kihlstedt – violin
  • Greg Leisz– dobro, pedal steel, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, mando-guitar, baritone guitar
  • John Parish– acoustic guitar, bass guitar, percussion, background vocals
  • Andy Stoller – bass
  • Larry Taylor– upright bass
  • Jeanie Tracy – background vocals
  • Joey Waronker– percussion, drums, tambourine, handclapping, cajon, shaker
  • Patrick Warren – organ, piano, accordion, keyboard, bells, tack piano
  • Paul DuGre – engineer
  • Paul DuGre – mixing
  • John Cuniberti – mastering
  • Jay Blakesberg – photography
  • Jim Herrington – cover photo

Track listing:

All tracks by Tracy Chapman.

  1. Let It Rain
  2. Another Sun
  3. You’re the One
  4. In the Dark
  5. Almost
  6. Hard Wired
  7. Say Hallelujah
  8. Broken
  9. Happy
  10. Goodbye
  11. Over in Love
  12. I Am Yours

In October 1970.

In October 1970, “Mediarts” label released “Tapestry”, the debut Don McLean album. It was recorded in 1970, at “Sierra Sound Laboratories” in Berkeley, California, and was produced by Jerry Corbitt.


  • Don McLean – vocals, guitar, banjo
  • Rick Turner – guitar, bass guitar
  • Peter Childs – dobro, bass guitar
  • Jerry Corbitt– bass guitar
  • Gregory Dewey, Jeff Meyer – drums
  • Scott Lawrence, Edward Bogas– piano

Track listing:

All tracks by Don McLean.

  1. Castles in the Air
  2. General Store
  3. Magdalene Lane
  4. Tapestry
  5. Respectable
  6. Orphans of Wealth
  7. Three Flights Up
  8. And I Love You So
  9. Bad Girl
  10. Circus Song
  11. No Reason for Your Dreams

On October 2, 2007.

On October 2, 2007, “Fantasy” label released “Revival”, the seventh John Fogerty solo album. It was recorded in 2007, at “NRG Recording Studios” in Hollywood, “G Studio Digital” and “Studio City” in California, and “Sound Studio” in Frankfurt, Germany, and was produced by John Fogerty.


  • John Fogerty– vocals, guitar, lyrics, arrangement
  • Hunter Perrin – guitar
  • Benmont Tench– Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer electric piano
  • David Santos – bass guitar
  • Kenny Aronoff– drums, percussion
  • Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters – backing vocals
  • Recorded by Jim Scott, Seth Presant, Ryan Freeland
  • Assistant engineers: Keven Dean, Dave Colvin
  • Mixedby Jim Scott , John Fogerty
  • Masteredby Robert Ludwig

Track listing:

All songs written by John Fogerty.

  1. Don’t You Wish It Was True
  2. Gunslinger
  3. Creedence Song
  4. Broken Down Cowboy
  5. River Is Waiting
  6. Long Dark Night
  7. Summer of Love
  8. Natural Thing
  9. It Ain’t Right
  10. I Can’t Take It No More
  11. Somebody Help Me
  12. Longshot


In September 1977.

In September 1977, “Asylum” label released “Foreign Affairs”, the fourth Tom Waits studio album. It was recorded July – August 1977, and was produced by Bones Howe.


  • Tom Waits – piano, vocals
  • Gene Cipriano – clarinetsolos
  • Jim Hughart– bass
  • Shelly Manne– drums
  • Bette Midler– vocals
  • Jack Sheldon– trumpet solos
  • Frank Vicari– tenor saxophone solos

Track listing:

All tracks by Tom Waits, except where noted.

  1. Cinny’s Waltz
  2. Muriel
  3. I Never Talk to Strangers
  4. Medley: Jack & Neal/California, Here I Come – California, Here I Come” by Joseph Meyer, Al Jolsonand Buddy De Sylva
  5. A Sight for Sore Eyes
  6. Potter’s Field – lyrics by Tom Waits, music by Bob Alcivar
  7. Burma-Shave
  8. Barber Shop
  9. Foreign Affair

In September 1975.

In September 1975, “Warner Bros” label released “In the Slot”, the sixth Tower of Power studio album. It was recorded in 1975, at “Record Plant” in Sausalito, California, and was produced by Emilio Castillo, Hubert Tubss, Bruce Conte, Chester Thompson, Francis Rocco Prestia, David Garibaldi, Lenny Pickett, Emilio Castillo, Steve Kupka, Mic Gillette and Greg Adams.


  • Hubert Tubbs- lead vocals
  • Bruce Conte – guitar, background vocals
  • Chester Thompson – organ, bass pedals, acoustic piano, clavinet, ARP String Ensemble, background vocals
  • Francis Rocco Prestia – bass guitar
  • David Garibaldi- drums
  • Lenny Pickett- 1st tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax, all sax solos, piccolo, clarinet, contrabass clarinet, lyricon
  • Emilio Castillo- 2nd tenor sax, background vocals
  • Steve Kupka- baritone sax
  • Mic Gillette- trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, bass trombone, background vocals
  • Greg Adams- trumpet, flugelhorn, string arrangements, conductor
  • Additional background vocals: Bootche Anderson, Marilyn Scott, Pepper Watkins, David Bartlett, Ron Beck, Frank Biner and Roger Rifkind
  • Engineers: Tom Flye, Alan Chinowsky
  • Assistant Engineer: Cris Morris
  • Album design, photography: Bruce Steinberg
  • Design assistant: Ellie Oberzil

Track listing:

  1. Just Enough and Too Much – Emilio Castillo, Stephen Kupka, Frank Biner
  2. Treat Me Like Your Man – Lenny Williams, Emilio Castillo, Stephen “Doc” Kupka
  3. If I Play My Cards Right – Frank Biner, Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Emilio Castillo
  4. As Surely as I Stand Here – Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Chester Thompson, Emilio Castillo
  5. Fanfare-Matanuska – Greg Adams
  6. On the Serious Side – Emilio Castillo, Stephen “Doc” Kupka
  7. Ebony Jam – Chester Thompson
  8. You’re So Wonderful, So Marvelous – Frank Biner, Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Emilio Castillo
  9. Vuela Por Noche – David Garibaldi, Bruce Conte, Greg Adams, Francis Rocco Prestia
  10. Essence of Innocence – Chester Thompson
  11. The Soul of a Child – Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Bruce Conte, Emilio Castillo
  12. Drop It in the Slot – Emilio Castillo, Stephen “Doc” Kupka


In September 1972.

In September 1972, Warner Bros label released “Rolling Thunder”, the first Mickey Hart solo album. It was recorded in 1972, at “Mickey’s Barn” in Marin County, California.The cover art was created by Alton Kelly and Stanley Mouse’s Kelly/Mouse Studios.


  • Mickey Hart– drums, percussion, field drum, timpani
  • John Cipollina– guitar
  • Bob Weir– guitar, vocals
  • Tower of Power– horn section
  • Stephen Stills– bass
  • Carmelo Garcia – timbales, congas
  • Mike and Nancy Hinton – marimba
  • Alla Rakha– rain
  • Sam Andrew, Robbie Stokes – guitar
  • David Freiberg– vocals, bass, piano
  • Steven Schuster – flute
  • Zakir Hussain – rain, table
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, insect fear
  • Grace Slick– piano, vocals
  • Greg Errico– drums
  • Barry Melton– acoustic guitar, vocals
  • David Freiberg – acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Paul Kantner– vocals
  • Barry Melton – guitar
  • Robbie Stokes – guitar, bass
  • David Freiberg – bass, piano, viola, vocals, water pump
  • Terry Haggerty – guitar
  • Bill Champlin– organ
  • Phil Lesh – bass
  • Dan Healy, Rick Davis, John Wollman, David Freiberg, Mickey Hart– engineers
  • Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, David Freiberg, Dan Healy, Stephen Stills– mixdown
  • Rock Scully– direction
  • Ed Thrasher– art direction
  • Ron Rakow, Bruce Baxter – photography

Track listing:

  1. Rolling Thunder/Shoshone Invocation” (Rolling Thunder)
  2. The Main Ten (Playing in the Band) – Mickey Hart, Bon Weir, Hunter
  3. Fletcher Carnaby – Mickey Hart, Hunter
  4. The Chase (Progress) – Mickey Hart
  5. Blind John – J. Stetson, Peter Monk
  6. Young Man – Mickey Hart, Peter Monk
  7. Deep, Wide and Frequent – Mickey Hart
  8. Pump Song – Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Hunter
  9. Granma’s Cookies – Mickey Hart
  10. Hangin’ On – Stetson, Peter Monk; arranged by Mickey Hart


On September 9, 2004.

On September 9, 2004, Ernie Ball died aged 73. He was entrepreneur, musician, and innovator, best known as guitar maker, with successful guitars and accessories business. In the 50’s he opened the first guitar shop in US (in Tarzana, California), and developed guitar strings called “Slinkys”.