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On December 9, 1979.

On December 9, 1979, “MCA” label released “Street Life”, the twelve Crusaders (as The Crusaders) album. It was recorded in 1979, and was produced by Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper and Joe Sample.

Personnel:

  • Joe Sample- keyboards
  • Randy Crawford- vocals
  • Paulinho Da Costa- percussion
  • Wilton Felder- saxophone, bass guitar
  • Stix Hooper- drums
  • Arthur Adams- guitar
  • Roland Bautista- guitar
  • Oscar Brashear- trumpet
  • Garnett Brown- trombone
  • Barry Finnerty- guitar
  • William Green – saxophone
  • Paul Jackson Jr.- guitar
  • James Jamerson- bass guitar
  • Alphonso Johnson- bass guitar
  • Robert O’Bryan – trumpet
  • Jerome Richardson- saxophone
  • Billy Rogers – guitar

Track listing:

  1. Street Life – Will Jennings, Joe Sample
  2. My Lady – Wilton Felder
  3. Rodeo Drive (High Steppin’) – Joe Sample
  4. Carnival of the Nigh – Wilton Felder
  5. The Hustler – Stix Hooper
  6. Night Faces – Joe Sample

In November 1975.

In November 1975,  “Island” label released “Pressure Drop”, the second Robert Palmer studio album. It was recorded in 1975, at “Blue Seas Studio” in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and was produced by Steve Smith.

Personnel:

  • Robert Palmer– vocals, percussion
  • Lowell George– guitar, backing vocals
  • Bill Payne– keyboards
  • Paul Barrere– guitar, backing vocals
  • Richie Hayward– drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Kenny Gradney, James Jamerson– bass
  • Ed Greene– drums, percussion
  • Jean Alain Roussel– clavinet, keyboards, Hammond B-3
  • Gordon DeWitty – clavinet
  • Gene Page– strings
  • The Muscle Shoals Horns– horns
  • Mel Collins– saxophones, flute
  • Mongezi Feza– trumpet, flageolet
  • Ray Allen – trombone
  • Vicki Brown, Fran Tate, Sam Clayton – backing vocals
  • David Snell – harp
  • Joe Brown– banjo
  • Steve York – harmonica
  • Martin Frye – tuba
  • Phill Brown– engineering
  • Graham Hughes – cover concept, design, photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Robert Palmer except where noted.

  1. Give Me an Inch
  2. Work to Make It Work
  3. Back in My Arms
  4. River Boat – Allen Toussaint
  5. Pressure Drop – Frederick Hibbert
  6. Here with You Tonight – Robert Palmer, Pete Gage
  7. Trouble – Lowell George
  8. Fine Time
  9. Which of Us Is the Fool

In May 1972.

In May 1972, “Motown” label released “Floy Joy”, the twenty-fifth Supremes album.  It was recorded 1971-1972, and was produced by Smokey Robinson.

Personnel:

  • Jean Terrell- lead and background vocals
  • Mary Wilson- lead and background vocals
  • Cindy Birdsong- lead and background vocals
  • The Andantes(Louvain Demps, Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow) – additional background vocals
  • Instrumentation byThe Funk Brothers:
    • Jack Ashford- percussion
    • Jack Brokensha- percussion
    • Eddie “Bongo” Brown- percussion
    • Dennis Coffey- guitar
    • Robert White- guitar
    • Eddie Willis- guitar
    • Johnny Griffith- piano, keyboards
    • James Jamerson- bass
    • Zachary Slater – drums
    • Andrew Smith – drums
    • Marvin Tarplin- guitar
    • Earl Van Dyke- piano, keyboards
  • Berry Gordy- executive producer
  • Paul Riser- arranger
  • Jim Britt – photography

Track listing:

  1. Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love – Smokey Robinson
  2. Floy Joy – SmokeyRobinson
  3. A Heart Like Mine – Smokey Robinson,Ronald White
  4. Over and Over – Smokey Robinson
  5. Precious Little Things – Smokey Robinson,Marvin Tarplin, Pam Moffett
  6. Now the Bitter, Now the Sweet – Smokey Robinson, Cecil Franklin
  7. Automatically Sunshine – Smokey Robinson
  8. The Wisdom of Time – Smokey Robinson, Pam Moffett, Clifford Burston
  9. Oh Be My Love – Smokey Robinson,Warren Moore

In March 1974.

In March 1974, “Columbia” label released “Slow Dancer”, the sixth Boz Scaggs album. It was recorded in 1973, and was produced by Johnny Bristol.

Personnel:

  • Boz Scaggs – vocals, guitar
  • David Cohen, David T. Walker, Dennis Coffee, Greg Poree, Jay Graydon, Wah Wah Watson, Orville “Red” Rhodes- guitars
  • Clarence McDonald, Jerry Peters, Joe Sample, Michael Melvoin, Russell Turner – keyboards
  • James Jamerson, James Hughart – bass
  • Ernie Watts, Fred Jackson, John Kelson – saxophone
  • George Bohanon, Lon Norman – trombone
  • Chuck Findley, Jack Laubach, Paul Hubinon, Warren Roche – trumpet, flugehorn
  • Gene Estes, John Arnold – percussion, vibraphone
  • Ed Greene, James Gadson- drums
  • Joe Clayton, King Errison – congas
  • Carolyn Willis, Julia Tillman, Lorna Willard, Myrna Matthews, Pat Henderson – background vocals
  • Arranged by B. Barnum
  • Engineer – Greg Venable
  • Remix – Al Schmitt
  • Photography – Ethan Russell
  • Artwork by Tony Lane

Track listing:

All tracks by Boz Scaggs; except where noted.

  1. You Make It So Hard (To Say No)
  2. Slow Dancer – George Daly, Boz Scaggs
  3. Angel Lady (Come Just In Time) – Johnny Bristol, Jack McDonough, Boz Scaggs
  4. There Is Someone Else
  5. Hercules – Allen Toussaint
  6. Pain of Love – Johnny Bristol
  7. Sail on White Moon – Johnny Bristol
  8. Let It Happen – Johnny Bristol, Boz Scaggs
  9. I Got Your Number – Johnny Bristol, Eddie Reeves
  10. Take It for Granted

In March 1972.

In March 1972, “Columbia” label released “D&B Together”, the sixth Delaney & Bonnie and Friends album. It was recorded 1969-1971, and was produced by Delaney Bramlett.

Personnel:

  • Delaney Bramlett- guitar, vocals
  • Bonnie Bramlett- vocals
  • Eric Clapton- guitar, vocals
  • Leon Russell- piano, keyboards, vocals
  • Duane Allman- guitar, vocals
  • Dave Mason- guitar, vocals
  • Carl Radle- bass, vocals
  • John Hartford- banjo, vocals
  • Steve Cropper- guitar, vocals
  • Jim Gordon- drums, vocals
  • Red Rhodes- steel guitar, vocals
  • Jaimoe- drums, vocals
  • Billy Preston- keyboards, piano, vocals
  • Charlie Freeman- guitar, vocals
  • Kenny Gradney- bass, vocals
  • Bobby Whitlock- keyboards, vocals
  • Bobby Keys- saxophone, vocals
  • James Jamerson- bass, vocals
  • Jerry Jumonville- saxophone, vocals
  • King Curtis- saxophone, vocals
  • Larry Knechtel- bass, vocals
  • Darrell Leonard- trumpet, vocals
  • Jim Price- horns, vocals
  • Chuck Rainey- bass, vocals
  • Larry Savoie- trombone, vocals
  • Rita Coolidge- vocals
  • Tina Turner- vocals
  • Venetta Fields- vocals
  • Merry Clayton- vocals
  • Eddie Kendricks- vocals
  • Sam Clayton- vocals
  • Joe Hicks- vocals
  • Patrice Holloway- vocals
  • Tex Johnson- vocals
  • Clydie King- vocals
  • Sherlie Matthews- vocals
  • Gordon De Witty- vocals
  • Jay York- vocals
  • Recording Engineer: Tom Dowd, James Greene
  • Art Direction: Howard Fritzson
  • Photography: David Gahr, Beverly Parker, Sandy Speiser

Track listing:

  1. Only You Know and I Know – Dave Mason
  2. Wade in the River of Jordan – traditional, arr. Delaney Bramlett
  3. Sound of the City – Delaney Bramlett, Joe Hicks
  4. Well, Well – Delaney Bramlett
  5. I Know How It Feels to Be Lonely- Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Ware
  6. Comin’ Home – Bonnie Bramlett, Eric Clapton
  7. Move ‘Em Out – Steve Cropper, Bettye Crutcher
  8. Big Change Comin – Delaney Bramlett
  9. A Good Thing (I’m on Fire) – Delaney Bramlett, Gordon DeWitty
  10. Groupie (Superstar) – Delaney Bramlett, Leon Russell
  11. I Know Something Good About You – Delaney Bramlett, Joe Hicks
  12. Country Life – Delaney Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock

On May 21, 1971.

Whats+Going+On

On May 21, 1971, “Tamla” label released “What’s Going On”, the eleventh Marvin Gaye studio album. It was recorded June –September 1970; March – May 1971,  at “Hitsville U.S.A.”, “Golden World”, and “United Sound Studios” in Detroit and “The Sound Factory” in Hollywood, and was produced by Marvin Gaye. “What’s Going On” was an immediate success both commercially and critically, and is regarded as one of the most important albums in the music history. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked it at number six on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 1985, readers of “NME” magazine voted “What’s Going On” the “Best Album of all Time”. “Guardian” ranked “What’s Going On at number one on its list of the “100 Best Albums Ever”.

Personnel:

  • Marvin Gaye – lead and background vocals, piano, mellotron, box drum
  • The Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted and arranged by David Van De Pitte
  • The Andantes – Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow, and Louvain Demps – background vocals
  • Mel Farr, Charlie Sandersand  and Lem Barney of the Detroit Lions – background vocals
  • Dave Bingof, The Detroit Pistons, Bobby Rogersof , The Miracles, Elgie Stover, Kenneth Stover – background vocals
  • Gordon Staples, Zinovi Bistritzky, Beatriz Budinzky, Richard Margitza, Virginia Halfmann, Felix Resnick, Alvin Score, Lillian Downs, James Waring – violins
  • Edouard Kesner, Meyer Shapiro, David Ireland, Nathan Gordon – violas
  • Italo Babini, Thaddeus Markiewicz, Edward Korkigan – cellos
  • Max Janowsky – double bass
  • Carole Crosby – harp
  • Dayna Hardwick, William Perich – flutes
  • Larry Nozero, Angelo Carlisi, George Benson, Tate Houston– saxophones
  • John Trudell, Maurice Davis – trumpets
  • Nilesh Pawar – oboe
  • Carl Raetz – trombone
  • Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers and Solo Horns
  • Eli Fontaine– alto saxophone
  • Wild Bill Moore– tenor saxophone
  • Johnny Griffith– celeste, keyboards
  • Earl Van Dyke– keyboards
  • Jack Brokensha– vibraphone, percussion
  • Joe Messina, Robert White– electric guitars
  • James Jamerson– bass guitar
  • Bob Babbitt– bass guitar Chet Forest – drums
  • Jack Ashford– tambourine, percussion
  • Eddie “Bongo” Brown– bongos, congas
  • Earl DeRouen – bongos, congas
  • Bobbye Hall– bongos
  • Katherine Marking – graphic design
  • Alana Coghlan – graphic design
  • James Hendin – photography
  • Curtis McNair – art direction

Track listing:

  1. What’s Going On – Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye, Renaldo “Obie” Benson
  2. What’s Happening Brother – Marvin Gaye, James Nyx Jr.
  3. Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky) – Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, Elgie Stover
  4. Save the Children – Al Cleveland, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Marvin Gaye
  5. God is Love – Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, James Nyx Jr.
  6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye
  7. Right On – Earl DeRouen, Marvin Gaye
  8. Wholy Holy – Renaldo “Oboe” Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye
  9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) – Marvin Gaye, James Nyx Jr,

 

On December 7, 1973.

Temptations-1990

On December 7, 1973, “Gordy” label released “1990”, album by The Temptations. It was recorded in 1973, and was produced by Norman Whitfield.  As The Temptations were dissatisfied with Whitfield’s socially conscious message tracks, which were by now failing commercially, ”1990” was the last album written and produced by Norman Whitfield.

Personnel:

  • Dennis Edwards: vocals
  • Damon Harris: vocals
  • Richard Street: vocals
  • Melvin Franklin: vocals
  • Otis Williams: vocals
  • The Funk Brothers and Rose Royce: instrumentation
  • Jack Ashford – tambourine
  • Don Baldwin – keyboards, wind, synthesizer
  • George Bohanon – trombone
  • Kenji Brown – guitar
  • Ollie E. Brown – drums
  • Dennis Coffey – guitar
  • Kenneth Copeland – trumpet
  • Fred Dunn – trumpet
  • Zachary Fraizer – drims
  • James Gadson – drums
  • Henry Gamer Jr. – drums
  • Ed Green – drums
  • Bobbye Hall – congas
  • Eddie Hazel – guitar
  • James Jamerson – bass
  • Leqyeint Jobe – bass
  • Michael Moore – saxophone
  • Billy “Bass” Nelson – bass
  • Victor Nix – keyboards
  • Melvin ”Wah Wah” Ragin – guitar
  • Terral ”Terry” Santiel – congas
  • Earl Van Dyke – keyboards
  • Wah – Wah Watson – guitar
  • Eddie Willis – guitar
  • Jim Britt – photography
  • Don Baldwin – design
  • John Cabalka – design

Track listing:

All tracks by Norman Whitfield.

  1. Let Your Hair Down
  2. I Need You
  3. Heavenly
  4. You’ve Got My Soul on Fire
  5. Ain’t No Justice
  6. 1990
  7. Zoom