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In December 1967.

In December 1967, “Warner Bros” label released “Song Cycle”, the debut Van Dyke Parks album. It, was recorded in 1967 at “Sunset Sound Recorders” in Hollywood, and was produced by Lenny Waronker.


  • Van Dyke Parks– main performer, vocals
  • Ron Elliott, Dick Rosmini– guitar
  • Misha Goodatieff – violin
  • Virginia Majewski – viola
  • Carl Fortina – accordion
  • Nicolai Bolin, Vasil Crlenica, William Nadel, Alan Reuss, Leon Stewart, Thomas Tedesco– balalaika
  • Don Bagley, Gregory Bemko, Chuck Berghofer, Harry Bluestone, Samuel Boghossian, Dennis Budimir, Joseph Ditullio, Jesse Ehrlich, Nathan Gershman, Philip Goldberg, Armand Kaproff, William Kurasch, Leonard Malarsky, Jerome Reisler, Orville Rhodes, Trefoni Rizzi, Lyle Ritz, Joseph Saxon, Ralph Schaffer, Leonard Selic, Frederick Seykora, Darrel Terwilliger, Bob West – strings
  • Gayle Levant – harp
  • Norman Benno, Arthur Briegleb, Vincent DeRosa, George Fields, William Green, James Horn, Richard Hyde, Jay Migliori, Thomas Morgan, Ted Nash, Richard Perissi, Thomas Scott, Thomas Shepard– woodwind
  • Billie J. Barnum, Gerri Engeman, Karen Gunderson, James and Vanessa Hendricks, Durrie and Gaile Parks, Julia E. Rinker, Paul Jay Robbins, Nik Woods – choir
  • Hal Blaine, Gary Coleman, James Gordon, Earl Palmer– percussion
  • Steve Young– folk (“Vine Street” introduction tape)

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Dyke Parks, except where noted.

  1. Vine Street – Randy Newman
  2. Palm Desert
  3. Widow’s Talk
  4. Laurel Canyon Blvd
  5. The All Golden
  6. Van Dyke Parks (Public Domain)
  7. Public Domain
  8. Donovan’s Colours – Donovan Leitch
  9. The Attic
  10. Laurel Canyon Blvd
  11. By the People
  12. Pot Pourri



In November 1972.

In November 1972, “Reprise” label released “Boomer’s Story”, the third Ry Cooder studio album. It was recorded in 1972, at “Amigo Studios” in Burbank, California, and was produced by Jim Dickinson and Lenny Waronker.


  • Ry Cooder – guitars, mandolin, bottleneck guitar, vocals
  • Tommy McClure – bass
  • Charles Lawing – clarinet
  • Jim Keltner, Roger Hawkins- drums
  • Sleepy John Estes- guitar, vocals
  • Gene Finney – harmonica
  • George Bohanon- horns
  • Milt Holland- percussion
  • Randy Newman- piano
  • Jim Dickinson- piano, bass, vocals
  • Dan Penn- vocals

Track listing:

  1. Boomer’s Story – traditional
  2. Cherry Ball Blues – Skip James
  3. Crow Black Chicken – Lawrence Wilson
  4. Ax Sweet Mama – Sleepy John Estes
  5. Maria Elena – Bob Russell, Lorenzo Barcelata
  6. The Dark End of the Street – Dan Penn, Chips Moman
  7. Rally ‘Round the Flag – George F. Root
  8. Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer – Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson
  9. President Kennedy – Sleepy John Estes
  10. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man – traditional

In October 1968.

In October 1968, “Warner Bros” label released “Bradley’s Barn”, the fifth Beau Brummels studio album. It was recorded in 1968, at “Bradley’s Barn”, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, and was produced by Lenny Waronker.


  • David Briggs– keyboards
  • Kenny Buttrey– drums
  • Ron Elliott – guitar, vocals
  • Norbert Putnam– bass
  • Jerry Reed– guitar
  • Sal Valentino – vocals

Track listing:

  1. Turn Around – Bob Durand, Ron Elliot
  2. An Added Attraction (Come and See Me) – Sal Valentino
  3. Deep Water – Ron Elliot, Sal Valentino
  4. Long Walking Down to Misery – Ron Elliot
  5. Little Bird – Ron Elliot
  6. Cherokee Girl – Bob Durand, Ron Elliot
  7. I’m a Sleeper – Ron Elliot, Sal Valentino
  8. Loneliest Man in Town – Ron Elliot
  9. Love Can Fall a Long Way Down – Bob Durand, Ron Elliot
  10. Jessica – Ron Elliot, Sal Valentino
  11. Bless You California – Randy Newman

In August 1979.

In August 1979, “Warner Bros” label released “Born Again”, the sixth Randy Newman album. It was recorded in 1979, at “Warner Brothers Recording Studios”; “A&M Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman.


  • Randy Newman– vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Waddy Wachtel, Buzzy Feiten– guitar
  • Chuck Findley– horns
  • Tom Scott– horns
  • Victor Feldman– Fender Rhodes, drums, percussion
  • Michael Boddicker– synthesizer
  • David Shields, Willie Weeks– bass
  • Andy Newmark– drums
  • Lenny Castro, Carlos Vega – percussion
  • Stephen Bishop, Valerie Carter, Arno Lucas– background vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Randy Newman.

  1. It’s Money That I Love
  2. The Story of a Rock and Roll Band
  3. Pretty Boy
  4. Sheep
  5. Ghosts
  6. They Just Got Married
  7. Spies
  8. The Girls in My Life (Part One)
  9. Half a Man
  10. William Brown
  11. Pants

In August 1974.

In August 1974, “A&M” label released “I Can Stand a Little Rain”, the fourth Joe Cocker studio album. It was recorded 1973 – 1974, at “The Village Recorder” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Jim Price.


  • Joe Cocker – lead vocals
  • Henry McCullough, Cornell Dupree, Jay Graydon, Ralph Hammer, Ray Palmer, Ray Parker, Jr.– guitar
  • Chuck Rainey, Clydie King, Dave McDaniel, Chris Stewart – bass
  • Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Ollie E. Brown, Jeff Porcaro, Denny Seiwell, Jimmy Karstein – drums
  • Randy Newman, Nicky Hopkins, Greg Mathieson, Jimmy Webb, Jim Price, David Paich, Richard Tee, Peggy Sandvig – keyboards
  • Jim Horn, Trevor Lawrence – saxophone
  • Stuart Blumberg, Steve Madaio – trumpet
  • Mayo Tiana, Jim Price– trombone
  • Merry Clayton, Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews, Daniel Moore- backing vocals
  • Jim Price, Jimmy Webb– arrangements
  • Engineers, recording, mixing – Rob Fraboniand Nat Jeffrey, Joe Tuzen, Mario Aglietti, Rick Heenan, J.J. Jansen, Carlton Lee, Ken Klinger, Zak Zenor
  • Mastered by Kent Duncan
  • Steve Vaughan – photography

Track listing:

  1. Put Out the Light – Daniel Moore
  2. I Can Stand a Little Rain – Jim Price
  3. I Get Mad – Joe Cocker, Jim Price
  4. Sing Me a Song – Henry McCullough
  5. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – Jimmy Webb
  6. Don’t Forget Me – Harry Nilsson
  7. You Are So Beautiful – Billy Preston, Bruce Fisher
  8. It’s a Sin (When You Love Somebody) – Jimmy Webb
  9. Performance – Allen Toussaint
  10. Guilty – Randy Newman

In August 1973.

In August 1973, “Columbia” label released “No Sweat”, the sixth Blood, Sweat & Tears studio album. It was recorded in 1973, at “Electric Lady Studios” in New York City and “Trident Studios”in London, and was produced by Steve Tyrell.

  • Personnel:
    Jerry Fisher – vocals
  • Dave Bargeron- trombone, tuba, bass trombone, baritone horn, background vocals
  • Bobby Colomby- drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Jim Fielder- bass, background vocals
  • Lou Marini- woodwinds
  • Lew Soloff- trumpet
  • Tom Malone– trumpet, ARP, 12-String fiddle
  • Georg Wadenius– guitar, background vocals
  • Larry Willis– keyboards
  • Paul Buckmaster– synthesizer, ARP, horn arrangements, string arrangements, string conductor
  • David Hentschel– synthesizer, ARP
  • Steve Katz– guitar
  • Chuck Winfield – trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn
  • Jimmy Maelen, Frank Ricotti– percussion
  • Joshie Armstead, Valerie Simpson, Maretha Stewart – background vocals

Track listing:

  1. Roller Coaster – Mark James
  2. Save Our Ship – Georg Wadenius, Cynthia Weil
  3. Django (An Excerpt) – John Lewis
  4. Rosemary – Randy Newman
  5. Song for John – Lou Marini
  6. Almost Sorry – Jeff Kent, Doug Lubahn
  7. Back Up Against the Wall – Buddy Buie, James Cobb
  8. Hip Pickles – Lou Marini
  9. My Old Lady – Georg Wadenius, Cynthia Weil
  10. Empty Pages – Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood
  11. Mary Miles – Michael Rabon
  12. Inner Crisis – Larry Willis


On August 1973.

In August 1973, “Elektra” label released “Valley Hi”, the fifth Ian Matthews album. It was recorded in 1973, and was produced by Michael Nesmith.


  • Ian Matthews- guitar, vocals
  • Michael Nesmith- guitar
  • Red Rhodes- steel guitar
  • Byron Berline- fiddle, violin
  • David Barry- keyboards
  • Billy Graham- bass, fiddle
  • Danny Lane- drums
  • Robert Warford- guitar
  • Jay Lacy– guitar
  • Recording engineer: Terry Dunavan, Fritz Richmond
  • Art direction: Robert Heimall
  • Photography, cover art: Paul Slaughter, Bruce Atkins

Track listing:

  1. Keep On Sailing – Ian Matthews
  2. Old Man at the Mill – traditional
  3. Shady Lies – Richard Thompson
  4. These Days – Jackson Browne
  5. Leaving Alone – Ian Matthews
  6. Seven Bridges Road – Steve Young
  7. Save Your Sorrows -Ian Matthews
  8. What Are You Waiting For – Randy Newman
  9. Propinquity – Michael Nesmith
  10. Blue Blue Day – Don Gibson