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Nina Simone: Broadway – Blues Ballads

In November 1964, “Philips” label released “Broadway-Blues-Ballads”, the eleventh Nina Simone album. It was recorded in 1964, in New York City, and was produced by Hal Mooney.


  • Nina Simone – vocals, piano, arranger
  • Bobby Hamilton – drums
  • Lisle Atkinson – percussion
  • Rudy Stevenson – flute
  • Horace Ott – arranger, conductor
  • Hal Mooney – arranger, conductor

Track listing:

  1. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus
  2. Night Song – Lee Adams, Charles Strouse
  3. The Laziest Gal in Town – Cole Porter
  4. Something Wonderful – Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
  5. Don’t Take All Night – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  6. Nobody – Alex Rogers, Bert Williams
  7. I Am Blessed – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  8. Of This I’m Sure – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  9. See-Line Woman – traditional, George Bass, Nina Simone
  10. Our Love (Will See Us Through) – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  11. How Can I? – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  12. The Last Rose of Summer – Thomas Moore, Richard Alfred Milliken, Nina Simone

Nina Simone: Wild is the Wind

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

In August 1970.

In August 1970, “Blue Note” label released “Electric Funk”, the 20th Jimmy McGriff album. It was recorded in September 1969, in New York City, and was produced by Sonny Lester.


  • Jimmy McGriff– electronic organ
  • Blue Mitchell– trumpet
  • Stanley Turrentine– tenor saxophone
  • Horace Ott– electric piano, arranger
  • Unknown – guitar
  • Chuck Rainey– electric bass
  • Bernard Purdie– drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Jimmy McGriff except where noted

  1. Back on the Track – Horace Ott
  2. Chris Cross – Horace Ott
  3. Miss Poopie – Horace Ott
  4. The Bird Wave
  5. Spear for Moondog Part 1
  6. Spear for Moondog Part 2
  7. Tight Times – Horace Ott
  8. Spinning Wheel – David Clayton-Thomas
  9. Funky Junk – Horace Ott

On August 4, 1967.

On August 4, 1967, “Atlantic” label released “Aretha Arrives”, the eleventh Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded in June 1967 at “Atlantic Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Jerry Wexler.


  • Aretha Franklin – lead and background vocals, piano
  • Jimmy Johnson, Joe South– guitar
  • Tommy Cogbill– bass guitar
  • Roger Hawkins– drums
  • Ted Somers – vibraphone
  • Spooner Oldham, Truman Thomas – piano, organ, Fender Rhodes
  • Charles Chalmers, King Curtis– tenor saxophone
  • Tony Studd – bass trombone
  • Melvin Lastie– trumpet
  • Gene Orloff– director of string section
  • The Sweet Inspirations– background vocals
  • Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin– background vocals

Track listing:

  1. Satisfaction – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  2. You Are My Sunshine – Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell
  3. Never Let Me Go – Joe Scott
  4. 96 Tears – Rudy Martinez
  5. Prove It – Randy Evretts, Horace Ott
  6. Night Life – Willie Nelson, Walt Breeland,Paul Buskirk
  7. That’s Life – Dean Kay, Kelly Gordon
  8. I Wonder – Cecil Gant, Raymond Leveen
  9. Ain’t Nobody (Gonna Turn Me Around) – Carolyn Franklin
  10. Going Down Slow – Louis Jimmy Oden
  11. Baby, I Love You – Ronnie Shannon



In March 1967.

In March 1967, “MGM” label released “Eric Is Here”, album by Eric Burdon & The Animals. It was recorded in 1966, and was produced by Tom Wilson.


  • Eric Burdon- vocals
  • Barry Jenkins- drums
  • The Horace Ott and Benny Golson Orchestras
  • Val Valentin– direction
  • Benny Golson– arranger, conductor
  • Horace Ott– arranger, conductor
  • Nancy Reiner- cover art
  • Acy Lehman- cover design
  • Bill McMeehan- recording engineer
  • Gene Radice- sound mixer

Track listing:

  1. In the Night – Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
  2. Mama Told Me Not to Come – Randy Newman
  3. I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today – Randy Newman
  4. This Side of Goodbye – Gerry Goffin, Carole King
  5. That Ain’t Where It’s At – Martin Siegel
  6. True Love (Comes Only Once in a Lifetime) – Bob Haley, Nevel Nader
  7. Help Me Girl – Scott English, Larry Weiss
  8. Wait Till Next Year – Randy Newman
  9. Losin’ Control – Carl D’Errico, Roger Atkins
  10. It’s Not Easy – Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
  11. The Biggest Bundle of Them All – Ritchie Cordell, Sol Trimachi
  12. It’s Been a Long Time Comin’ – Jimmy Radcliffe, Joey Brooks

In February 1963.

In February 1963, “RCA Victor” label released “Mr. Soul”, the eleventh Sam Cooke studio album. It was recorded in August; November and December, 1962, at “RCA’s Music Center of the World”, and was produced by Hugo & Luigi.


  • Sam Cooke – vocals
  • Horace Ott, René Hall– arrangement, conductor
  • Clifton White, Bill Pitman,Tommy Tedesco– guitar
  • Ray Pohlman, Clifford Hils, Red Callender– bass guitar
  • Earl Palmer– drums
  • Ron Rich – percussion
  • Edward Beal, Ernie Freeman, Al Pellegrini, Ernie Freeman– piano
  • Nathan Griffin – organ
  • Sharky Hall – drums
  • Ray Johnson – piano
  • Bill Green, Plas Johnson– saxophone
  • John Ewing – trombone
  • Israel Baker, Robert Barene, Leonard Malarsky, Myron Sandler, Ralph Schaeffer, Sid Sharp, Arnold Belnick, Autrey McKissack, Ralph Schaeffer, Robert Barene, Jermoe Reisler – violin
  • Harry Hyams, Alexander Neiman – viola
  • Jesse Ehrlich, Irving Lipschultz, George Neikrug, Emmet Sergeant – cello
  • William Hinshaw – French horn
  • Dave Hassinger– recording engineer

Track listing:

  1. I Wish You Love – Charles Trenet, Lee Wilson, Albert Beach
  2. Willow Weep for Me – Ann Ronell
  3. Chains of Love- Ahmet Ertegun, under the pseudonym Nugetre
  4. Smoke Rings – Ned Washington, H. Eugene Gifford
  5. All the Way – Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
  6. Send Me Some Lovin’ – Leo Price, John Marascalco
  7. Cry Me a River – Arthur Hamilton
  8. Driftin’ Blues – Johnny Moore, Charles Brown, Eddie Williams
  9. For Sentimental Reasons – Deek Watson, William Best
  10. Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke
  11. Little Girl – Madeline Hyde, Francis Henry
  12. These Foolish Things – Eric Maschwitz, Jack Strachey, Harry Link

In August 1972.

In August 1972, “Flying Dutchman” label released “Free Will”, the second Gil Scott-Heron studio album. It was recorded in March 1972, at “RCA Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Bob Thiele.


  • Gil Scott-Heron– vocals
  • Horace Ott– conductor, arranger
  • Brian Jackson– acoustic and electric pianos, vocals, flute, bells
  • Gerald Jemmott– bass
  • Pretty Purdie– drums
  • Eddie Knowles, Charles Saunders – percussion
  • David Spinozza– guitar
  • Hubert Laws– flute, piccolo
  • Bob Simpson – mixing
  • Charles Stewart – cover photo

Track listing:

  1. Free Will – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson
  2. The Middle of Your Day – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson
  3. The Get Out of the Ghetto Blues – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson
  4. Speed Kills – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson
  5. Did You Hear What They Said? – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson
  6. The King Alfred Plan – Gil Scott-Heron
  7. No Knock – Gil Scott-Heron
  8. Wiggy – Gil Scott-Heron
  9. Ain’t No New Thing – Gil Scott-Heron
  10. Billy Green Is Dead – Gil Scott-Heron
  11. Sex Education: Ghetto Style – Gil Scott-Heron
  12. … And Then He Wrote Meditations – Gil Scott-Heron

On November 18, 1997.


On November 18, 1997, “Warner Bros” label released “Songs from The Capeman”, the ninth Paul Simon solo studio album. It was recorded in 1997, and was produced by Roy Halee. The songs retell the story of Salvador Agron, who was known as the “Capeman”.


  • Paul Simon – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Arlen Roth, Paul Livant, Steve Cropper, Vincent Nguini, Wally Richardson – guitar
  • Harper Simon– guitar, harmonica
  • Robby Turner – pedal steel guitar
  • Diomedes Matos – acoustic guitar
  • Saturnino Laboy – acoustic guitar
  • Oriente Lopez – organ, electric piano, flute
  • Oscar Hernandez – piano, synthesizer, celesta, vibraphone, glockenspiel
  • Horace Ott, Paul Griffin- piano
  • Mark Ramos – accordion
  • Bakithi Kumalo, Jay Leonhart, John Beal, Rubén Rodriguez, Tony Garnier– bass
  • Bernie Minoso– bass guitar
  • Richard Crooks, Shannon Ford– drums
  • Robby Ameen– drums, percussion
  • Eddie Montalvo– congas
  • Jimmy Sabater– congas, cowbell
  • Pablo Nuñez– bongos, cowbell
  • Bobby Allende – bongos, cymbal, bell tree
  • Milton Cardona – bongos, maracas, claves, congas, guirom backing vocals
  • Danny Rivera– coro
  • Edgardo Miranda– cuatro
  • Nelson González– tres
  • Johnny Andrews– timbales
  • Marc Quinones – timbales, congas
  • ‘Crusher’ Bennett– shaker
  • Bob Franceschini– soprano saxophone
  • Chris Eminizer, Mitch Frohman– tenor saxophone
  • David Mann– tenor and baritone saxophone
  • Bill Holloman – tenor saxophone, trumpet
  • Pablo Calogero– baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Luis Lopéz, Ozzie Melendez– trombone
  • David “Piro” Rodríguez, John Walsh, Ray Vega– trumpet
  • Barry Danielian– flugelhorne
  • Stewart Rose– French horn
  • Marcia Butler– oboe
  • Krista Feeney, Paul Peabody– violin
  • Juliet Haffner- viola
  • Laura Bontrager – cello
  • Angel Ramirez, Angelo Aponte, Bobby Bright, Briz, David Davila, DeWayne Snype, Derrick James, Dionte Sutton, Ed Vasquez, Edgar Stewart, Hans Giraldo, Hechter Ubarry, Karen Bernod, Kevin Harrison, Kia Jeffries, Luis Marrero, Myrna Gomila, Nestor Sanchez, Ray De La Paz, Renee Connell-Adams, Robert Vargas, Sean Pulley, Teana Rodriguez, Trent Sutton– backing vocals
  • Stanley Silverman- orchestration
  • Roy Halee – recording
  • Andy Smith – recording, mixing
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Bob Crowley – artwork
  • Frank Olinsky – design
  • Sigrid Nama – photography
  • Nitin Vadukul – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Paul Simon, with co-lyrics by Derek Walcott.

  1. Adios Hermanos
  2. Born in Puerto Rico
  3. Satin Summer Nights
  4. Bernadette
  5. The Vampires
  6. Quality
  7. Can I Forgive Him
  8. Sunday Afternoon
  9. Killer Wants to Go to College
  10. Time Is an Ocean
  11. Virgil
  12. Killer Wants to Go to College II
  13. Trailways Bus
  14. Shoplifting Clothes
  15. Born in Puerto Rico
  16. Can I Forgive Him