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On June 14, 2000.

On June 14, 2000, Paul Griffin died aged 62. He was musician (piano, keyboards), performed and recorded with hundreds of musicians including: King Curtis, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Don McLean, the Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, the Shirelles, Dionne Warwick. Dion DiMucci, George Benson, Tom Rush, Wilson Pickett, Michael Franks, John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary, David Clayton-Thomas, Gloria Loring, Melba Moore, LaVern Baker, Janis Siegel, Solomon Burke, Jackie Lomax, Marlena Shaw, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Don Mclean, Carly Simon, Juddy Collins, Cheryl Lynn, Gloria Gaynor, Stephanie Mills, Donald Fagen,  Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Garland Jeffreys, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt and Laura Nyro.

On March 17, 1969.

On March 17, 1969, “Atlantic” label released “Freedom Suite” the fifth Rascals studio album. It was recorded May – December 1968, and was produced by Arif Mardin, Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli.

Personnel:

  • Felix Cavaliere – lead and backing vocals, organ, piano
  • Gene Cornish – lead and backing vocals, guitar
  • Eddie Brigati – lead and backing vocals, conga drums, tambourine
  • Dino Danelli – drums
  • Chuck Rainey – bass guitar
  • Richard Davis – bass guitar
  • Gerald Jemmott – bass guitar
  • King Curtis – tenor saxophone
  • David Newman – tenor saxophone
  • David Brigati – backing vocals
  • Arif Mardin – arrangements
  • Charles Morrow – arrangements
  • Adrian Barber – recording engineer
  • Tom Dowd – recording engineer
  • Don Casale – recording engineers

Track listing:

  1. America the Beautiful – Felix Cavaliere
  2. Me and My Friends – Gene Cornish
  3. Any Dance’ll Do – Felix Cavaliere
  4. Look Around – Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere
  5. A Ray of Hope – Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere
  6. Island of Love – Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere
  7. Of Course – Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere
  8. Love Was So Easy to Give – Gene Cornish
  9. People Got to Be Free – Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere
  10. Baby I’m Blue – Felix Cavaliere
  11. Heaven – Felix Cavaliere
  12. Adrian’s Birthday – Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Dino Danelli
  13. Boom – Dino Danelli
  14. Cute – Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Dino Danelli

On March 14, 1991.

On March 14, 1991, Jerome Solon Felder aka Doc Pomus died aged 65. He was singer and songwriter, co-writer (together with Mort Shuman) of big number of hits, many of them became rock and roll standards, including: “A Teenager in Love”, “Save The Last Dance For Me”, “Hushabye”, “This Magic Moment”, “Turn Me Loose”, “Sweets For My Sweet”, “Go, Jimmy, Go”, “Little Sister”, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”, “Suspicion”, “Surrender” and “His Latest Flame”. He also co-wrote with Phil Spector few successful tracks including “Young Boy Blues”, “Ecstasy”, “First Taste of Love” and “What Am I to Do?” His songs were performed by hundreds of artists including The Beatles, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Bad Company, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble, Dolly Parton, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, Emmy Lou Harris, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson, John Hiatt, The Beach Boys, B.B. King, Dion, The New York Dolls, Shawn Colvin and Los Lobos. As singer Pomus performed with Milt Jackson, Mickey Baker, and King Curtis. In 1991 he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, in 1992, in the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”, and in 2012 into the “Blues Hall of Fame”.

On November 1, 1971.

On November 1, 1971, “A&M” label released “Footprint”, the second Gary Wright studio album. It was recorded in 1971, in London and New York City, and was produced by Gary Wright.

Personnel:

  • Gary Wright – vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar
  • George Harrison – electric and acoustic guitars
  • Hugh McCracken – electric and acoustic guitars
  • Jerry Donahue – electric guitar, percussion
  • Mick Jones – guitar
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
  • Tom Duffy – bass
  • Alan White – drums, percussion, harpsichord
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Jim Gordon – drums
  • Colin Allen – drums, percussion
  • Bryson Graham – drums
  • Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone
  • Jim Price – trumpet, trombone
  • King Curtis – saxophone
  • John Barham – string arrangements
  • Doris Troy, Nanette Newman, Madeline Bell, Liza Strike, Barry St John, P. P. Arnold, Jimmy Thomas – backing vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Gary Wright.

  1. Give Me the Good Earth
  2. Two Faced Man
  3. Love to Survive
  4. Whether It’s Right or Wrong
  5. Stand for Our Rights
  6. Fascinating Things
  7. Forgotten
  8. If You Treat Someone Right

On August 13, 1971.

On August 13, 1971, Curtis Ousley (born Curtis Montgomery) aka King Curtis died aged 37. He was music director, record producer, and musician (soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet), worked in various music genres, rhythm, and blues, rock and roll, soul, blues, funk, and soul-jazz. He performed and recorded with numerous musicians and bands including Aretha Franklin, Nat Adderley, Wynton Kelly, ]Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Andy Williams, The Coasters, LaVern Baker, Joe South, John Lennon, the Rimshots, Champion Jack Dupree, Jerry Jemmott, Oliver Jackson, King Pins, Bernard Purdie, The Shirelles, The Noble Band, Cornell Dupree, and  Duane Allman. At the 1970 “Grammy Awards”, Curtis won the “Best R&B Instrumental Performance Grammy” for “Games People Play”. In March 2000, he was posthumously inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.

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.

Personnel:

  • 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

 

 

On July 1, 1971.

On July 1, 1971, “Atco” label released “Everything Is Everything”, the debut Donny Hathaway studio album. It was recorded September 1969 – April 1970, and was produced by Donny Hathaway and Ric Powell.

Personnel:

  • Donny Hathaway – lead and background vocals, electric pianos, , organ, additional bass guita, keyboard bass, arranger, conductor
  • Master Henry Gibson– congas
  • King Curtis– guitar
  • Phil Upchurch- bass guitar, guitar
  • John Littlejohn- guitar, vocals
  • John Avant – trombone
  • Johnny Board – tenor saxophone
  • Lenard Druss – tenor saxophone
  • Oscar Brashear– trumpet
  • Clifford P. Davis – alto saxophone
  • Aaron Dodd – tuba
  • Morris Ellis – trombone
  • Marshall Hawkins- bass guitar
  • Willie Henderson- baritone saxophone
  • John Howell – trumpet
  • Morris Jennings– drums
  • Robert A. Lewis – trumpet
  • Cyril Touff – bass trumpet
  • John Lounsberry – French horn
  • Ethel Merker – French horn
  • Paul A. Teryett – French hor
  • Don Myrick- alto saxophone
  • Ric Powell – drums, percussion
  • Louis Satterfield- bass guitar
  • The Vashonettes – backing vocals
  • Murray Allen, Roger Anfinsen – recording engineer
  • Haig Adishian – cover design
  • Jim Taylor – cover photography

Track listing:

 Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) – Richard Evans, Ric Powell, Phil Upchurch

  1. Je Vous Aime (I Love You) – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, Edward Kennedy
  2. I Believe to My Soul – Ray Charles
  3. Misty – Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner
  4. Sugar Lee – Donny Hathaway, Ric Powell
  5. Tryin’ Times – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  6. Thank You Master (For My Soul) – Donny Hathaway
  7. The Ghetto – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  8. To Be Young, Gifted and Black – Weldon Irvine, Nina Simone

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.

Personnel:

  • 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 January 15, 1970.

On January 15, 1970, “Atlantic” label released “This Girl’s in Love with You”, the sixteenth Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded January 8 – 9, and October 3, 1969, and was produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin.

Personnel:

  • Aretha Franklin– vocals, piano
  • Duane Allman– guitar
  • Barry Beckett– keyboards
  • Roger Hawkins– drums
  • Eddie Hinton– guitar
  • David Hood– bass
  • Jimmy Johnson– guitar
  • Jerry Weaver – guitar
  • Robert Honablue – engineering
  • King Curtis– tenor saxophone, horns

Track listing:

  1. Son of a Preacher Man – John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins
  2. Share Your Love with Me – Al Braggs, Deadric Malone
  3. The Dark End of the Street – Chips Moman, Dan Penn
  4. Let It Be – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  5. Eleanor Rigby – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  6. This Girl’s in Love with You – Burt Bacharach,  Hal David
  7. It Ain’t Fair – Ronnie Miller
  8. The Weight – Robbie Robertson
  9. Call Me – Aretha Franklin
  10. Sit Down and Cry – Clyde Otis, Lou Stallman

In April 1981.

In April 1981, “Asylum” label released “El Rayo-X”, the debut David Lindley album. It was recorded in 1981, at “Record One” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Jackson Browne and Greg Ladanyi.

Personnel:

  • David Lindley – bass, fiddle, guitar, violin, guitars, vocals, whistle, bandurria, divan saz
  • Curt Bouterse – hammer dulcimer
  • Jackson Browne- vocals
  • Jorge Calderón- vocals
  • Bob Glaub- bass
  • Garth Hudson- horn, keyboards
  • Greg Ladanyi- engineer
  • Reggie McBride – bass
  • Bill Payne- organ, keyboards
  • Doug Sax- mastering
  • William D. “Smitty” Smith- organ, keyboards
  • Gloria Von Jansky – lettering
  • Jimmy Wachtel- art direction, design
  • Ian Wallace- drums
  • George Ybara – assistant
  • George “Ras Baboo” Pierre – percussion, timbales, vocals, accordion

Track listing:

  1. She Took Off My Romeos – Bob “Frizz” Fuller
  2. Bye Bye Love – Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant
  3. Mercury Blues – C. Douglas, Bob Geddins
  4. Quarter of a Man – Bob “Frizz” Fuller
  5. Ain’t No Way – Bob “Frizz” Fuller
  6. Twist and Shout – Phil Medley, Bert Russell
  7. El Rayo-X – Jorge Calderón, David Lindley
  8. Your Old Lady – Elmo Glick, O’Kelly Isley, King Curtis
  9. Don’t Look Back – Smokey Robinson, Ronald White
  10. Petit Fleur – Solomon Feldthouse, Nancy Lindley
  11. Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas and the Sinus Blues – Huey “Piano” Smith
  12. Pay the Man – David Lindley, George “Baboo” Pierre