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On December 26, 2012.

On December 26, 2012, Fontella Marie Bass died aged 72. She was musician (piano, singer) and songwriter, collaborated with Little Milton, Bobby McClure (The Oliver Sain Soul Revue featuring Fontella and Bobby McClure), Maurice White, David Bowie, Minnie Ripeton and Art Ensemble of Chicago. She recorded 8 albums during her career.

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On October 25, 2015.

On October 25, 2015, Marlo Henderson died aged 64. He was guitarist, saxophonist, song-writer and producer, played and recorded with many famous musicians including  Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Buddy Miles, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder, Wonderlove, The Emotions, Andre Lewis and Maxayn.

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.

Personnel:

  • 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

On February 23, 2017.

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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 September 28, 1976.

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On September 28, 1976, “Motown” label released “Songs in the Key of Life”, the eighteenth Stevie Wonder studio album. It was recorded 1974 – 1976: at “Crystal Sound” in Hollywood; “Record Plant” in Los Angeles; “Record Plant” in Sausalito;”The Hit Factory” in New York City, and was produced by Stevie Wonder. The original double vinyl album was released with a four-song bonus EP. In 2005, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Song in the Key of Life” at number 57 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”. The album was certified 2 x Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”; Platinum in UK by “BPI”; Diamond in the US by “RIIA”;

Personnel:

  • Stevie Wonder– harmonica,  arranger,  keyboards,  programming,  vocals, drums
  • Michael Sembello– guitar
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow– pedal steel
  • George Benson– guitar, vocals
  • Ronnie Foster– organ
  • Herbie Hancock– keyboards,handclapping
  • Dean Parks– guitar
  • Greg Phillinganes– keyboards
  • G. “Snuffy” Walden– guitar
  • Nathan Watts– bass guitar, vocals, handclapping
  • Greg Brown – drums
  • Raymond Lee Pounds – drums
  • Hank Redd – altoand tenor saxophone
  • George Bohannon – trombone
  • Ben Bridges – guitar, sitar
  • Dorothy Ashby– harp
  • Bobbi Humphrey– flute
  • Howard “Buzzy” Feiten– guitar
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet
  • Trevor Lawrence – tenor saxophone
  • Glen Ferris – trombone
  • Jim Horn– saxophone
  • Deniece Williams– vocals
  • Minnie Riperton– vocals
  • Gary Byrd – vocals
  • Michael Wycoff– vocals
  • Larry Scott – sound effects
  • Carol Cole – percussion
  • Bobbye Hall– percussion
  • Jay Boy Adams – vocals
  • Nathan Alford, Jr. – percussion
  • Henry America – vocals
  • Susie Fuzzell – vocals
  • Carmelo Garcia – percussion, timbales
  • Anthony Givens – vocals
  • Audrey Givens – vocals
  • Derrick Givens – vocals
  • Mildred Givens – vocals
  • Michael Lee Gray – vocals
  • Mimi Green – vocals
  • Susaye Greene Brown– vocals
  • Bhakta Gregory – vocals
  • Renee Hardaway – percussion, vocals
  • John Harris – sound effects
  • Jeania Harris – vocals
  • John Harris – programming
  • Troy Harris – vocals
  • Nelson Hayes – percussion, sound effects, vocals
  • Terry Hendricks – vocals
  • David Henson – assistant engineer
  • Don Hunter – programming, sound effects
  • Adrian Janes – vocals
  • Josie James – vocals
  • Calvin Johnson – vocals
  • Carol Johnson – vocals
  • Patricia Johnson – vocals
  • Madelaine Jones – vocals
  • Bhakta Kevin – vocals
  • Phillip Kimble – vocals
  • James Lambert – vocals
  • Linda Lawrence – vocals
  • Irma Leslie – vocals
  • Kim Lewis – vocals
  • Carl Lockhart – vocals
  • Gail Lockhart – vocals
  • Raymond Maldonado – per
  • Linda America – vocals
  • Baradras – vocals
  • Brenda Barnett – vocals
  • Khalif Bobatoon – vocals
  • Starshemah Bobatoon – vocals
  • Sudana Bobatoon – vocals
  • Charles Brewer – percussion, programming, vocals
  • Shirley Brewer – percussion, vocals,speaking part
  • Berry Briges – vocals
  • Cecilia Brown – vocals
  • Eddie “Bongo” Brown – percussion
  • Jean Brown – vocals
  • Rodney Brown – vocals
  • Colleen Carleton – percussion, vocals
  • Addie Cox – vocals
  • Agnideva Dasa – vocals
  • Duryodhana Guru Dasa – vocals
  • Jayasacinandana Dasa – vocals
  • Jitamrtyi Dasa – vocals
  • Vedavyasa Dasa – vocals
  • Cinmayi Dasi – vocals
  • Yogamaya Dasi – vocals
  • Carolyn Dennis– vocals
  • Bhakta Eddie – vocals
  • Doe Rani Edwards – vocals
  • Jacqueline F. English – vocals
  • Ethel Enoex – vocals
  • Al Jocko Fann – vocals
  • Barbara Fann – vocals
  • Melani Fann – vocals
  • Shelley Fann – vocals
  • Tracy Fann – vocals
  • John Fischbach – percussion, programming, vocals, engineer
  • Raymond Maldonado – percussion, trumpet
  • Carolyn Massenburg – vocals
  • ArticleMay – vocals
  • Charity McCrary– vocals
  • Linda McCrary-Campbell– vocals
  • Lonnie Morgan – vocals
  • Kim Nixon – vocals
  • Lisa Nixon – vocals
  • Larri Nuckens – vocals
  • Larry Latimer – percussion, vocals
  • Amale Mathews – percussion, vocals
  • Gary Olazabal – engineer, bass sound
  • Edna Orso – percussion, vocals
  • Marietta Waters – percussion, vocals
  • Josette Valentino – percussion, vocals, handclapping
  • Gwen Perry – vocals
  • Gregory Rudd – vocals
  • Rukmini – vocals
  • Yolanda Simmons – vocals, handclapping
  • Keith Slaughter – vocals
  • Rosona Starks – vocals
  • Dennis Swindell – vocals
  • Sundray Tucker – vocals
  • Gary Veney – vocals
  • Sheryl Walker – vocals
  • Mary Lee Whitney – vocals
  • Syreeta Wright– vocals
  • Michael Gray – vocals
  • Susaye Greene – vocals
  • William Moore – vocals
  • Fountain Jones – programming
  • Aisha Morris – crying

Track listing:

  1. Love’s in Need of Love Today – Stevie Wonder
  2. Have a Talk with God – Calvin Hardawa, Stevie Wonder
  3. Village Ghetto Land – Gary Byrd, Stevie Wonder
  4. Contusion – Stevie Wonder
  5. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
  6. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
  7. Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder
  8. Pastime Paradise – Stevie Wonde
  9. Summer Soft – Stevie Wonder
  10. Ordinary Pain – Stevie Wonder
  11. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  12. Joy Inside My Tears – Stevie Wonder
  13. Black Man – Gary Byrd and Stevie Wonder
  14. Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing – Stevie Wonder
  15. If It’s Magic – Stevie Wonder
  16. As – Stevie Wonder
  17. Another Star – Stevie Wonder

 

On July 22, 1974.

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On July 22, 1974, “Tamla” label released “Fulfillingness’ First Finale”, the seventeen Stevie Wonder studio album. It was recorded in 1974, at “Record Plant Studios” and “Westlake Recording Studios” in Los Angeles; “Media Sound” and “Electric Lady Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Stevie Wonder, Robert Margouleff and  Malcolm Cecil. In 1974, the album won three  “Grammy Awards”, including “Album of the Year”; “Best Male Pop Vocal” and “Best Male Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance” (for “Boogie On Reggae Woman”).

Personnel:

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, Fender Rhodes, drums, Hohner clavinet, Moog bass, piano, hi-hat, cymbals, O.N.T.O. synthesizer, handclaps, percussion
  • Michael Sembello– electric guitar
  • Reggie McBride – electric bass
  • Bobbye Hall– congas, bongos
  • Jim Gilstrap– background vocals
  • Deniece Williams – background vocals
  • Paul Anka – background vocals
  • Syreeta Wright– background vocal
  • Shirley Brewer – background vocal
  • Larry “Nastyee” Latimer – background vocal
  • James Jamerson– acoustic bass
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow– pedal steel guitar
  • Rocky Dzidzornu– congas
  • Minnie Riperton– background vocal
  • The Jackson 5– background vocals
  • Robert Margouleff, Malcolm Cecil – synthesizers
  • Lani Groves – background vocal
  • Bob and Malcolm – programmingMoog
  • Bobbye Hall –cuíca
  • Shirley Brewer – background vocal
  • Sergio Mendes – Portuguese lyrics
  • Michael Sembello – acoustic guitar
  • The Persuasions– background vocal

Track listing:

  1. Smile Please – Stevie Wonder
  2. Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away – Stevie Wonder
  3. Too Shy to Say – Stevie Wonder
  4. Boogie On Reggae Woman – Stevie Wonder
  5. Creepin’ – Stevie Wonder
  6. You Haven’t Done Nothin – Stevie Wonder
  7. It Ain’t No Use – Stevie Wonder
  8. They Won’t Go When I Go – Stevie Wonder, Yvonne Wright
  9. Bird of Beauty – Stevie Wonder
  10. Please Don’t Go – Stevie Wonder

On June 4, 1942.

Capitol Records

On June 4, 1942, “Capitol Records” was founded by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva, and Glenn Wallichs. Over the decades, the label became home to artists such as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Bobby Darin, Glen Campbell, Steve Miller, Dr. Hook, Bob Seger, Tina Turner, Heart,  Nat King Cole, the Four Knights, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Stan Kenton, June Christy, Louis Prima, Keely Smith, the Louvin Brothers, Judy Garland, the Andrews Sisters, Harry James, Andy Griffith, Shirley Bassey, the Kingston Trio, Dean Martin, The Four Freshmen, Helen Reddy, Anne Murray, April Wine, Blondie, Bloodrock, Burning Spear, Buzzcocks, David Bowie, Kim Carnes, Rosanne Cash, Max Webster, Lee Clayton, Natalie Cole, The Goose Creek Symphony, Sammy Hagar, The Knack, Maze, Mink DeVille, Juice Newton, Raspberries, Minnie Riperton, Diana Ross, Sweet, The Specials, The Sylvers, Ten Wheel Drive, The Stranglers, Tavares, George Thorogood, Triumvirate, Little River Band, Wings, The Persuasions, Richard Marx, The Motels, Billy Squier, Crowded House, Peter Blakeley, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, The Doobie Brothers, Willie Dixon, Glass Tiger, Katrina & The Waves, Grace Jones, Lloyd Cole, Pet Shop Boys, Sawyer Brown, Queen, Roxette, Brian Setzer,The Smithereens, Spandau Ballet, The Tubes, Paul Westerberg, Butthole Surfers, Concrete Blonde, Billy Idol, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth, Exodus, W.A.S.P., Poison, Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche,  Beastie Boys, King Tee, Mantronix, Mellow Man Ace, Robbie Robertson, Dave Koz, Ashford and Simpson, Freddie Jackson, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Skinny Puppy and others.