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In December 1979.

In December 1979, “Warner Bros” label released the self-titled, debut Christopher Cross album. It was recorded in July 1979, at “Warner Bros Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Michael Omartian. The album was certified Platinum in UK by “BPI”, and 5 x Platinum in US by “RIAA”.

Personnel:

  • Christopher Cross – lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, arrangements
  • Larry Carlton– guitar solo
  • Valerie Carter– lead and background vocals
  • Lenny Castro– percussion
  • Assa Drori – concertmaster
  • Victor Feldman– vibraphone, percussion
  • Chuck Findley– trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jay Graydon– guitar solo
  • Jim Horn– saxophone
  • Eric Johnson– guitar solo
  • Jackie Kelso– saxophone
  • Nicolette Larson, Myrna Matthews, Marty McCall, Michael McDonald, Don HenleyStormie Omartian, D. Souther– background vocals
  • Lew McCreary – trombone
  • Rob Meurer – arrangements, synthesizer, electric piano, celesta, acoustic piano, organ
  • Michael Omartian– arrangements, acoustic piano, synthesizer, background vocals
  • Tomás Ramírez – saxophone
  • Don Roberts – saxophone
  • Andy Salmon – bass
  • Tommy Taylor – drums
  • Michael Osttin – assistant producer
  • Chet Himes – engineer, mixing
  • Stuart Gitlin – second engineer
  • Bobby Hata – mastering
  • Danny Henderson, James Flournoy Holmes –artwork
  • James Flournoy Holmes, Wonder Graphics – design
  • Jim Newhouse – flamingo concept

Track listing:

All tracks by Christopher Cross.

  1. Say You’ll Be Mine
  2. I Really Don’t Know Anymore
  3. Spinning
  4. Never Be the Same
  5. Poor Shirley
  6. Ride Like the Wind
  7. The Light Is On
  8. Sailing
  9. Minstrel Gigolo

 

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In November 1982.

In November 1982, “Arista” label released “Run for the Roses”, the fourth Jerry Garcia solo album. It was recorded September – December 1981, and was produced by Jerry Garcia and John Kahn.

Personnel:

  • Jerry Garcia– vocals, guitar
  • John Kahn– bass, fretless bass, synthesizer, piano, clavinet, guitar
  • Ron Tutt– drums, percussion
  • Melvin Seals, Merl Saunders– organ
  • James Warren, Michael O’Martian – piano, clavinet
  • Michael Neuman – trumpet
  • Liz Stires, Julie Stafford – vocals
  • Betty Cantor-Jackson, Ron Malo – engineer
  • Bob Matthews – mixing
  • George Horn – mastering
  • Victor Moscoso – artwork

Track listing:

  1. Run For The Roses – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  2. I Saw Her Standing There – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  3. Without Love – Clyde McPhatter
  4. Midnight Getaway – Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Robert Hunter
  5. Leave The Little Girl Alone – John Kahn, Robert Hunter
  6. Valerie – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  7. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan

 

On June 18, 1984.

On June 18, 1984, “Warner Bros” label released “Camouflage”, the 13th Rod Stewart studio album. It was recorded in 1984, and was produced by Michael Omartian.

Personnel:

  • Rod Stewart – lead vocals
  • Jeff Beck– guitar solos
  • Jim Cregan– guitar
  • Robin LeMesurier – guitar
  • Michael Landau– guitar
  • Jay Davis – bass guitar
  • Tony Brock– drums
  • Kevin Savigar– keyboards
  • Michael Omartian– keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
  • Jimmy Zavala– harmonica
  • Gary Herbig – saxophone
  • Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley, Kim Hutchcroft, Charlie Loper, Gary Grant – horns
  • John Guess – engineering and mixing
  • Tom Fouce – second engineer

Track listing:

  1. Infatuation – Rod Stewart, Duane Hitchings, Rowland Robinson
  2. All Right Now – Andy Fraser, Paul Rodgers
  3. Some Guys Have All the Luck – Jeff Fortang
  4. Can We Still Be Friends – Todd Rundgren
  5. Bad For You – Rod Stewart, Kevin Savigar, Jim Cregan
  6. Heart Is on the Line – Rod Stewart, Jay Davis
  7. Camouflage – Rod Stewart, Kevin Savigar, Michael Omartian
  8. Trouble – Rod Stewart, Michael Omartian

 

In January 1972.

In January 1972, “Columbia” label released “I’ve Found Someone of My Own”, the only Free Movement album. It was recorded in 1971, and was produced by Michael Omartian, Bill Straw, Joe Porter and Toxey French.

Personnel:

  • Adrian Jefferson, Cheryl Conley, Claude Jefferson, Godoy Colbert, Jennifer Gates, Josephine Brown – vocals
  • Ben Benay, Jerry McGhee – guitar
  • Jerry Scheff, Bobby West – bass
  • Gene Pello – drums
  • Milt Holland, Victor Feldman– percussion
  • Bobbye Hall, King Erison – congas
  • Bill Straw – executive producer
  • Michael Omartian– arranger, piano
  • Toxey French, Jimmie Haskell– arranger

Track listing:

All tracks by Frank F. Robinson except where noted.

  1. I’ve Found Someone of My Own
  2. Land Where I Live – Hilton, William Flemister
  3. Son of the Zulu King – Chick Carlton
  4. If Only You Believe – Brian Potter, Dennis Lambert
  5. Love the One You’re With – Stephen Stills
  6. The Harder I Try (The Bluer I Get)
  7. Comin’ Home
  8. I Know I Could Love You Better (The Second Time Around) – Bobby Arvon
  9. Your Love Has Grown Cold – Michael Omartian
  10. Could You Believe in a Dream – Al Jarreau
  11. Where Do We Go from Here – Mike Settle

In November 1977.

In November 1977, “Columbia” label released “Down Two Then Left”, the eighth Boz Scaggs album. It was recorded in 1977, at “Hollywood Sound Recorders” in Hollywood, and was produced by Joseph Wissert.

Personnel:

  • Boz Scaggs – lead and background vocals, guitar solo
  • Ray Parker, Jr.– guitar
  • Steve Lukather– guitar solo
  • Jay Graydon– guitar, guitar solo
  • David Hungate, Scott Edwards – bass
  • Jeff Porcaro– drums, timbales
  • Bobbye Hall– bongos, congas
  • Alan Estes – congas
  • Victor Feldman– claves, vibraphone
  • Michael Omartian– keyboards, accordion, marimba, horn arrangements, string arrangements, conductor
  • Jai Winding – acoustic piano
  • Dana Hughes – trombone
  • Chuck Findley– trumpet, flugelhorn solo
  • Barbara Korn, David Duke – French horn
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet
  • Don Menza, Ernie Watts– saxophone
  • Fred Selden – saxophone, flute
  • Sidney Sharp – concertmaster
  • Carolyn Willis, Jim Gilstrap, John Lehman, Zedric Turnbough, Venetta Fields, Roy Galloway, Phyllis Saint James, Terry Evans, Bobby King, Eldridge King, Julia Tillman Waters, Myrna Matthews, Stan Farber, Jim Haas– background vocals
  • Engineer – Tom Perry
  • Mastered by Mike Reese
  • Design – Nancy Donald
  • Photography – Guy Bourdin

 

Track listing:

All tracks by Boz Scaggs; except where noted.

  1. Still Falling for You
  2. Hard Times
  3. A Clue
  4. Whatcha Gonna Tell Your Man – Boz Scaggs, Jai Winding
  5. We’re Waiting- Michael Omartian, Boz Scaggs
  6. Hollywood – Michael Omartian, Boz Scaggs
  7. Then She Walked Away – Michael Omartian, Boz Scaggs
  8. Gimme the Goods – Michael Omartian, Boz Scaggs
  9. 1993 – Michael Omartian, Boz Scaggs
  10. Tomorrow Never Came/Tomorrow Never Came (reprise)

In October 1973.

In October 1973, “Columbia” label released “Full Sail”, the third Loggins and Messina album. It was recorded in 1973, at “Wally Heider Studios” Hollywood, and was produced by Jim Messina.

Personnel:

  • Kenny Loggins– vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica
  • Jim Messina– vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin
  • Jon Clarke – oboe, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, alto flute, bass flute, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, English horn
  • Al Garth – violin, bass clarinet, recorder, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Larry Sims – bass, backing vocals
  • Merel Bregante – drums, timbales, backing vocals
  • Michael Omartian– piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hammond organ, tack piano, Lowrey organ, Moog synthesizer, Fender Rhodes electric piano
  • Vince Charles – steel drums
  • Milt Holland– percussion
  • Photography: Ed Caraeff
  • Art Direction: Ron Coro
  • Illustrations: Joe Garnett
  • Engineers: Jim Messina, Alex Kazanegras
  • Quadraphonic mix: Larry Keys, Alex Kazanegras
  • Quadraphonic mix Supervision: Al Lawrence, Alex Kazanegras

Track listing:

  1. Lahaina – Jim Messina
  2. Travelin’ Blues – Jim Messina
  3. My Music – Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina
  4. A Love Song – Kenny Loggins, Dona Lyn George
  5. You Need a Man/Coming to You – Jim Messina
  6. Watching the River Run – Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins
  7. Pathway to Glory – Jim Messina
  8. Didn’t I Know You When – Kenny Loggins, Michael Omartian
  9. Sailin’ the Wind – Daniel Loggins, Dann Lottermoser

In October 1972.

In October 1972, “Columbia” label released the second, self-titled Loggins and Messina album. It was recorded in 1972, at “Columbia Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Jim Messina and Kenny Loggins.

Personnel:

  • Kenny Loggins- vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, acoustic guitar
  • Jim Messina- vocals, lead guitar, electric mandolin, acoustic guitar
  • Merel Bregante – backing vocals, drums
  • Lester “Al” Garth – violin, recorder, alto and tenor saxophone
  • Jon Clarke – flute, oboe, recorder, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Larry Sims – backing vocals, bass
  • Michael Omartian- Hammond organ, piano, harmonium, clavinet, tack piano, Wurlitzer electric piano
  • Rusty Young- dobro
  • Milt Holland– percussion
  • Engineer: John Fiore
  • Photography: Jim Marshall, Marsha Reed

Track listing:

  1. Good Friend – Jim Messina
  2. Whiskey – Kenny Loggins
  3. Your Mama Don’t Dance – Jim Loggins, Kenny Messina
  4. Long Tail Cat – Jim Loggins
  5. Golden Ribbons – Kenny Messina
  6. Thinking of You – Jim Messina
  7. Just Before the News – Jim Messina
  8. Till the Ends Meet – Kenny Loggins
  9. Holiday Hotel – Jim Messina, Al Garth
  10. Lady of My Heart – Kenny Loggins
  11. Angry Eyes – Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina