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On May 10, 2020.

On May 10, 2020, John Michael McKenzie died aged 64. He was musician (bass, guitar, backing vocals), member of the bands Global Village Trucking Company and Man. He recorded and performed with Eurythmics, The Pretenders, Alison Moyet, Lionel Richie, Dr. John, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Annette Peacock, Steve Hillage, Noel McCalla, Bob Young, Shusha Guppy, Wham!, Deke Leonard, Morrissey-Mullen, Claire Hamill, Space Monkey, Jim Diamond, Bob Dylan, Al Corley, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Microdisney, Five Star, Endgames, John Mizarolli, Gary Moore, Ian Paice, Jaki Graham, Don Airey, Richard Bailey, Peter Auty, Billy Bremner, Terry Stannard, Simon Kirke, Earl Slick, Graham Lyle, Chris Thompson, Patti Austin, Latin Quarter, Phil Manzanera, Matt Bianco, Pete Brown, Helen Watson, Kevin Rowland, Shakira, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Eric Burdon, Kajagoogoo, Johnny Mathis, Everything But The Girl, Todd Sharpville, Branford Marsalis, Rui Veloso, Tim Finn, Ive Mendes, Tom Scott, David Dundas, Danny Tenaglia, The Christians, Phenix Horns, Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor, Jimmy Iovine, Dave Stewart, Wild, Leon Ware, Eternal, James Ingram, Francis Rossi, Karl Jenkins, Albert Lee, Barbara Dickson, Davy Spillane, Charles Aznavour, Raw Stylus, Linda Taylor, Blair Cunningham, Andy Newmark, Teresa Teng, Annabel Lamb, Nadirah X, Bob Clearmountain, Mitchell Froom, Arthur Louis, and Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra.

On September 17, 1991.

On September 17, 1991, “Warner Bros” label released the self-titled, debut Fourplay album. It was recorded 1990 – 1991, at “Ocean Way Recording”, “Sunset Sound” in Hollywood, “Pyramid Studios” in Los Angeles, “Starlight Studios” in Malibu, California, and was produced by Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason.


  • Bob James– Yamaha C7 MIDI grand piano, keyboards, synthesizers, programming, executive producer
  • Lee Ritenour– electric guitars, classical guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Nathan East– 5-string bass, 6-string bass, backing vocals
  • Harvey Mason– drums
  • Harvey Mason Jr.– synthesizer programming, computer programming
  • El DeBarge– lead and backing vocals
  • Darryl DeBarge – backing vocals
  • Patti LaBelle– backing vocals, BGV arrangements
  • Philip Bailey– backing vocals
  • Don Murray – recording, mixing
  • Geoff Gillette – additional recording
  • Khaliq Glover – additional recording
  • Femi Jiya – additional recording
  • Mike Kloster – assistant engineer
  • Paul May – assistant engineer
  • Clif Norrell– assistant engineer
  • Harvey Mason Jr. – technical assistance
  • Robert Vosgien – digital editing
  • Wally Traugott – mastering
  • Debra Johnson – production coordinator
  • Kim Champagne – art direction
  • Leslie Wintner – design
  • Stuart Watson – photography
  • O’Brien and Schridde – band photography

Track listing:

  1. Bali Run – Lee Ritenour, Bob James
  2. 101 Eastbound – Nathan East, Marcel East
  3. Fourplay – Lee Ritenour
  4. Moonjogger – Bob James
  5. Max-O-Man – Harvey Mason Sr, Michael Lang
  6. After the Dance – Marvin Gaye, T-Boy Ross, Leon Ware
  7. Quadrille – Bob James
  8. Midnight Stroll – Harvey Mason
  9. October Morning – Lee Ritenour
  10. Wish You Were Here – Lee Ritenour
  11. Rain Forest – Bob James

On September 6, 1977.

On September 6, 1977, “Arista” label released “Singin’…” the sixth Melissa Manchester album. It was recorded in 1977, at “A&R Studios”, “Sound Labs” in Hollywood, and was produced by Vini Poncia.


  • Melissa Manchester – lead vocals
  • Don Grolnick– keyboards
  • James Newton Howard– Oberheim synthesizer, string arrangements
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • David Spinozza– guitar
  • Sid McGinnis– guitar
  • Will Lee– bass guitar
  • Tony Levin– bass guitar
  • Steve Gadd– drums
  • Lenny Castro– percussion
  • Tom Saviano – woodwind arrangements, flute, horn arrangements, tenor saxophone
  • Mike Carnahan – flute
  • Leo Potts – flute
  • Andy Macintosh – baritone saxophone
  • Stanley Schwartz – tenor saxophone
  • George Bohanon– trombone
  • Richard Felts – trumpet, flugelhorn solo
  • Sid Sharp – concertmaster
  • Vini Poncia– backing vocals
  • Claudia Cagan – backing vocals
  • Wendy Haas – backing vocals
  • Brie Howard – backing vocals
  • Gail Kantor – backing vocals
  • The Faragher Brothers– backing vocals
  • Bob Schaper – engineer
  • Tom Bush – second engineer
  • Galen Senogles – mixing
  • Ron Hitchcock – mastering
  • Anne Streer – production coordinator
  • Kay Steele – cover coordinator
  • John Kosh – art direction, desiign
  • David Alexander – photography

Track listing:

  1. Sad Eyes – David Spinozza
  2. I Wanna Be Where You Are – Arthur Ross, Leon Ware
  3. A Love Of Your Own – Ned Doheny
  4. No One’s Ever Seen This Side Of Me – Melissa Manchester
  5. You Make It Easy – James Taylor
  6. Stand – Melissa Manchester
  7. My Love Is All I Know – Wendy Waldman
  8. Time – Robert Marshall, John Miles
  9. Let Me Serenade You – John Finley
  10. The Warmth Of The Sun – Brian Wilson

In September 1973.

In September 1973, “MCA” label released “Show Your Hand”, the first Average White Band album. It was recorded in 1973, at “R.G. Jones Studio” in London, and was produced by Robin Turner, Malcolm Duncan, Hamish Stuart, Onnie McIntyre, Roger Ball, Alan Gorrie and Robbie McIntosh.


  • Malcolm Duncan– tenor saxophone
  • Hamish Stuart– guitars, lead and backing vocals
  • Onnie McIntyre – guitars, backing vocals
  • Roger Ball– piano, clavinet, alto saxophone
  • Alan Gorrie– bass, lead and backing vocals
  • Robbie McIntosh– drums, percussion

Track listing:

  1. The Jugglers – Alan Gorrie
  2. This World Has Music – Bonnie Bramlett, Alan Gorrie, Leon Ware
  3. Twilight Zone – Roger Ball, Alan Gorrie
  4. Put It Where You Want It – Joe Sample, Alan Gorrie, Layne
  5. Show Your Hand – Alan Gorrie
  6. Back in ’67 – Roger Ball, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh
  7. Reach Out – Malcolm Duncan, Hamish Stuart, Onnie McIntyre, Roger Ball, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh
  8. L.C. – Malcolm Duncan, Hamish Stuart, Onnie McIntyre, Roger Ball, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh.


In August 1975.

In August 1975, “A&M” label released “Mellow Madness”, the twenty – fifth Quincy Jones album. It was recorded in 1975, at “Record Plant” and “Westlake Audio” and was produced by Quincy Jones.


  • Quincy Jones- arranger, keyboards, trumpet, vocals, background vocals
  • Toots Thielemans- guitar, harmonica
  • Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Mike Melvoin, Jerry Peters– keyboards
  • Ian Underwood– synthesizer
  • Louis Johnson, Max Bennett, Chuck Rainey– bass
  • Grady Tate, Harvey Mason– drums
  • Wah Wah Watson, George Johnson, Dennis Budimir – guitar
  • Ralph MacDonald- conga, drums, percussion
  • Hubert Laws– flute
  • Tommy Morgan – harmonica
  • Ernie Krivda, Sahib Shihab– saxophone
  • Bill Lamb, Chuck Findley, Tom Bahler – trumpet
  • Frank Rosolino- trombone, trumpet
  • George Bohanon– trombone
  • Jerome Richardson– wind
  • Minnie Riperton, Leon Ware, Jesse Kirkland, Myrna Matthews, Paulette McWilliams, Joseph Greene, Jim Gilstrap, Paulette Williams, Carolyn Willis, Watts Prophets, George Johnson – vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Quincy Jones, except where noted.

  1. Is It Love That We’re Missing? – George Johnson, Debbie Smith
  2. Paranoid
  3. Mellow Madness – Tom Bahler, Al Ciner, Quincy Jones, Paulette McWilliams
  4. Beautiful Black Girl – Quincy Jones, Otis Smith
  5. Listen (What It Is)
  6. Just a Little Taste of Me
  7. My Cherie Amour – Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder
  8. Tryin’ to Find Out About You
  9. Cry Baby
  10. Bluesette – Norman Gimbel, Toots Thielemans

In June 1975.

In June 1975, “Atlantic” label released “Cut the Cake”, the third Average White Band album. It was recorded in 1975, and was produced by Arif Mardin.


  • Alan Gorrie– vocals, bass, guitar
  • Hamish Stuart– vocals, guitar, bass
  • Roger Ball– keyboards, synthesizer, alto & baritone saxophones, arranger
  • Malcolm Duncan– tenor saxophone
  • Onnie McIntyre – guitar
  • Steve Ferrone– drums, percussion

Track listing:

  1. Cut the Cake – Hamish Stuart, Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan, Onnie McIntyre, Steve Ferrone, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh
  2. School Boy Crush – Hamish Stuart, Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan, Onnie McIntyre, Steve Ferrone, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh
  3. It’s A Mystery – Hamish Stuart, Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan, Onnie McIntyre, Steve Ferrone, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh
  4. Groovin’ the Night Away – Stuart Hamish Stuart, Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan, Onnie McIntyre, Steve Ferrone, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh
  5. If I Ever Lose This Heaven – Leon Ware, Pam Sawyer
  6. Why – Roger Ball, Hamish Stuart, Alan Gorrie
  7. High Flyin’ Woman – Hamish Stuart, Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan, Onnie McIntyre, Steve Ferrone, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh
  8. Cloudy – Hamish Stuart, Alan Gorrie
  9. How Sweet Can You Get – Roger Ball, Hamish Stuart, Alan Gorrie
  10. When They Bring Down the Curtain – Alan Gorrie, Roger Ball


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.


  • 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 February 23, 2017.


On February 23, 2017, Leon Ware died aged 77. Being songwriter and composer, he released eleven albums as a performer, but he was best known for producing and writing music for other musicians and bands including: The Isley Brothers,  Donny Hathaway, The Miracles, Teena Marie, Jeffrey Osborne, Loose Ends, James Ingram, Melissa Manchester, Krystol, Bobby Womack, Lulu,  Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Maxwell, Minnie Riperton and Marvin Gaye.


On March 16, 1976.

Marvin Gaye - I want you

On March 16, 1976, “Tamla” label released “I Want You”, the fourteenth Marvin Gaye studio album. It was recorded in 1975 and 1976, at “Marvin’s Room” and “Hitsville West” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware and Arthur “T-Boy” Ross.


  • Marvin Gaye – vocals
  • Coleridge- Taylor Perkinson – arranger
  • Chuck Rainey, Henry Davis, Ron Brown,Wilton Felder – bass
  • Bobbye Hall Porter,Eddie “Bongo” Brown – bongos, congas
  • James Gadson – drums
  • Jerry Peters, John Barnes,Sonny Burke – electric piano (Fender Rhodes), piano
  • David T. Walker,Dennis Coffey, Jay Graydon, Melvin “Wah Wah” Watson, Ray Parker, Jr. – guitar
  • Gary Coleman, Jack Arnold – percussion
  • Ernie Barnes, Frank Mulvey – artwork

Track listing:

  1. I Want You (vocal) – Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware
  2. Come Live with Me Angel – Jacqueline Hilliard, Leon Ware
  3. After the Dance – Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware
  4. Feel All My Love Inside – Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware
  5. I Wanna Be Where You Are – Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware
  6. I Want You (Intro Jam) –  Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware
  7. All the Way Round – Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware
  8. Since I Had You – Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware
  9. Soon I’ll Be Loving You Again – Maring Gaye, Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware
  10. I Want You (Jam) – Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware
  11. After the Dance (Vocal) – Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware