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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 December 1971.

In December 1971, “MGM” label released “Guilty!” album by Eric Burdon and Jimmy Witherspoon. It was recorded  July – September, 1971 at “MGM Studios”, “Wally Heider Studios”, “John Phillips Studio” and with the “Far Out Mobile Unit”, and was produced by  Jerry Goldstein and Eric Burdon.


  • Eric Burdon – vocals, design
  • Jimmy Witherspoon – vocals
  • Howard Scott, John Sterling – guitar
  • B. Dickerson, Kim Kesterson – bass
  • Lonnie Jordan, Terry Ryan – piano, organ
  • George Suranovich, Harold Brown – drums
  • Papa Dee Allen – congas
  • Bob Mercereau, Lee Oskar – harmonica
  • Charles Miller – tenor saxophone
  • Chris Huston, George Koch, Richard Moore, Stan Agol – engineers

Track listing:

  1. I’ve Been Driftin’ / Once Upon a Time – Jimmy Witherspoon, Eric Burdon
  2. Steam Roller – James Taylor
  3. The Laws Must Change – John Mayall
  4. Have Mercy Judge – Chuck Berry
  5. Going Down Slow – Louis Jimmy Oden
  6. Soledad – Eric Burdon, John Sterling
  7. Home Dream – Eric Burdon
  8. Wicked, Wicked Man – Eric Burdon
  9. Headin’ for Home – Eric Burdon, John Sterling, Kim Kesterson
  10. The Time Has Come – Jimmy Witherspoon, Teddy Edwards

In December 1968.

In December 1968, “MGM” label released “Love Is”, the third Eric Burdon and The Animals album. It was recorded in October 1968, at “TTG” and “Sunset Sound Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Eric Burdon, Zoot Money, Andy Summers, John Weider and Barry Jenkins.


  • Eric Burdon— lead vocals, spoken word
  • Zoot Money— bass, backing and co-lead (3, 8a) vocals, organ, piano, spoken word (8a)
  • Andy Summers— guitar, backing vocals
  • John Weider— guitar, violin, backing vocals
  • Barry Jenkins— drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Robert Wyatt- backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. River Deep, Mountain High – Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich
  2. I’m an Animal – Sylvester Stewart
  3. I’m Dying (Or Am I?) – Eric Burdon
  4. Ring of Fire – June Carter, Merle Kilgore
  5. Colored Rain – Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood
  6. To Love Somebody – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
  7. As the Years Go Passing By – Deadric Malone
  8. Gemini – Steve Hammond / Madman – Zoot Money, Andy Summers

In September 1967.

In September 1967, “MGM” label released “Winds of Change”, the debut Eric Burdon & the Animals album. It was recorded in March 1967, at “TTG Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Tom Wilson.


  • Eric Burdon- vocals
  • Vic Briggs- guitar, piano, arrangements
  • John Weider- guitar, violin
  • Danny McCulloch- bass
  • Barry Jenkins- drums
  • Keith Olsen- bass

Track listing:

All tracks by Eric Burdon, Vic Briggs, John Weider, Barry Jenkins, Danny McCulloch, except where noted.

  1. Winds of Change
  2. Poem by the Sea
  3. Paint It, Black – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  4. The Black Plague
  5. Yes I Am Experienced
  6. San Franciscan Nights
  7. Man—Woman
  8. Hotel Hell
  9. Good Times
  10. Anything
  11. It’s All Meat

In September 1965.

In September 1965, “MGM” label released “Ballads of the Hills and Plains”, the third Hank Williams Jr. album. It was recorded in July 1965; at “Columbia Recording Studios” in Nashville, and was produced by Jim Vienneau.


  • Hank Williams Jr.– guitar, vocals
  • Grady Martin, Jerry Kennedy, Harold Bradley, Ray Edenton – guitar
  • Bob Moore– bass
  • Hargus “Pig” Robbins– piano
  • The Jordanaires– vocal accompaniment

Track listing:

  1. Doc Holiday – John Paulovic
  2. Cowpoke – Tillman Franks, David Houston
  3. Blood’s Thicker Than Water – Danny Dill, Wayne P. Walker
  4. The Blizzard – Harlan Howard
  5. Stampede – Jim Dale, Frances Paulin
  6. The Rainmaker – Cliff Friend, Jack Sanders, Mack Vickery
  7. Streets of Laredo – traditional
  8. Black Lightning – Ricky Hester
  9. Big Twenty – Dillis
  10. The Eyes of Death – Danny Dill
  11. I’m Afraid – Allen Nelson, Carolyn Stringer

In August 1968.

In August 1968, “MGM” label released “Every One of Us”, the fourth Eric Burdon & The Animals album released in the US. It was recorded in 1968, and was produced by “Everyone of Us”.


  • Eric Burdon- vocals
  • Vic Briggs- guitar, bass
  • John Weider- guitar, celeste
  • George Bruno (Zoot Money) – Hammond organ, vocals, piano
  • Danny McCulloch- bass, vocals, 12-string guitar
  • Barry Jenkins– drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Eric Burdon except where noted.

  1. White Houses
  2. Uppers and Downers
  3. Serenade to a Sweet Lady – John Weider
  4. The Immigrant Lad
  5. Year of the Guru
  6. James Infirmary – traditional, arranged by Eric Burdon
  7. New York 1963-America 1968 – Eric Burdon, George Bruno

On July 12, 2017.

On July 12, 2017, Joe Fields died aged 88. He has worked for “London Records”,  “MGM”, “Verve”, “Prestige”, “Sue Records”, and “Buddha Records” (started their jazz division, “Cobblestone Records”), before he started his own label “Muse Records” in 1973. The label featured artists such as Pat Martino, Houston Person, Cedar Walton, Charlie Earland, Larry Coryell and Woody Shaw. In the 80’s Fields acquired “Savoy” and “Landmark Records” labels. “Savoy” owned recordings by Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Dexter Gordon, among others. In 1997, Joe, and his son Barney, launched “HighNote” and “Savant Records”, labels that features artists such as Kenny Burrell, Houston Person, Wallace Roney, Eric Alexander, Freddy Cole, Tom Harrell and Russell Malone.

On July 2, 1966.

On July 2, 1966, “MGM” label released “The Classic Roy Orbison”, the ninth Roy Orbison album. It was recorded in 1966, and was produced by Wesley Rose and Jim Vienneau.

Track listing:

  1. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again
  2. Pantomime
  3. Twinkle Toes
  4. Losing You
  5. City Life
  6. Wait
  7. Growing Up
  8. Where Is Tomorrow
  9. (No) I’ll Never Get Over You – Roy Orbison
  10. Going Back to Gloria
  11. Just Another Name for Rock and Roll – Bill Dees
  12. Never Love Again – Rusty Kershaw, Doug Kershaw


On July 1, 1965.

On July 1, 1965, “MGM” label released “There Is Only One Roy Orbison”, the seventh Roy Orbison studio album. It was recorded in 1965, at “RCA Studios” in Nashville, and was produced by Wesley Rose and Jim Vienneau. The cover photography was by Fabry, and the cover design was by Joel Tanner.

Track listing:

  1. You Fool You – Roy Orbison, Joe Melson
  2. Two of a Kind – Bob Montgomery, Earl Sinks
  3. This Is Your Song – Dees
  4. I’m in a Blue, Blue Mood – Roy Orbison, Joe Melson
  5. If You Can’t Say Something Nice – Roy Orbison, Joe Melson, Ray Rush
  6. Claudette – Roy Orbison
  7. Afraid to Sleep – Buddy Buie, John Rainey Adkins
  8. Sugar and Honey- Roy Orbison, Dees
  9. Summer Love – Dees, Mathis
  10. Big as I Can Dream – Bob Montgomery
  11. Wondering – Roy Orbison, Dees

In June 1975.


In June 1975, “MGM” label released “Trying to Burn the Sun”, the third and the final Elf album. It was recorded in 1975, and was produced by Roger Glover.


  • Ronnie James Dio: lead vocals
  • Steve Edwards: lead guitar
  • Mickey Lee Soule: keyboards, rhythm guitar
  • Craig Gruber: bass guitar
  • Gary Driscoll: drums
  • Mark Nauseef: percussion
  • Helen Chappelle, Barry St. John, Liza Strike: additional vocals
  • MountainFjord Orchestra: strings

Track listing:

All tracks  Ronnie James by Dio and Mickey Lee Soule.

  1. Black Swampy Water
  2. Prentice Wood
  3. When She Smiles
  4. Good Time Music
  5. Liberty Road
  6. Shotgun Boogie
  7. Wonderworld
  8. Streetwalker