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Ray Charles: Jazz Number II

In January 1973, “Tangerine” label released “Jazz Number II”, the 35th Ray Charles album. It was recorded in “Charles’ Tangerine / RPM Studios” in Los Angeles and was produced by Ray Charles.

Personnel:

  • Ray Charles – piano, engineer
  • Ray Charles Big Band
  • Alf Clausen, Jimmy Heath, Roger Neumann, Teddy Edwards – arrangements
  • David Braithwaite – engineer
  • Steve Swain – cover concept
  • Don Niehaus – design
  • Joe Adams – photography

Track listing:

  1. Our Suite – Ray Charles, Roger Neumann
  2. A Pair of Threes – Alf Clausen
  3. Morning of Carnival – Luiz Bonfá, Antônio Maria
  4. Going Home – Teddy Edwards
  5. Kids Are Pretty People – Thad Jones
  6. Togetherness – Jimmy Heath
  7. Brazilian Skies – Teddy Edwards

Ray Charles: Dedicated to You

In January 1961, “ABC Paramount” label released “Dedicated to You”, the 13th Ray Charles album. It was recorded in August 1960, and was produced by Sid Feller.

Personnel:

  • Ray Charles – vocals, piano, keyboards
  • Betty Carter – vocals, performer
  • Marty Paich – arrangements, conductor

Track listing:

  1. Hardhearted Hannah – Jack Yellen, Milton Ager, Charles Bates, Bob Bigelow
  2. Nancy (With the Laughing Face) – Phil Silvers, Jimmy Van Heusen
  3. Margie – Con Conrad, J. Russel Robinson, Benny Davis
  4. Ruby – Mitchell Parish, Heinz Roemheld
  5. Rosetta – Earl Hines, Henri Woode
  6. Stella by Starlight – Ned Washington, Victor Young
  7. Cherry – Ray Gilbert, Don Redman
  8. Josephine – Burke Bivens, Kahn, Wayne King
  9. Candy – Mack David, Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney
  10. Marie – Irving Berlin
  11. Diane – Lew Pollack, Erno Rapee
  12. Sweet Georgia Brown – Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey, Maceo Pinkard

Jamie Cullum: Interlude

On October 6, 2014, “Island” label released “Interlude”, the seventh Jamie Cullum album. It was recorded in 2014, and was produced by Benedic Lamdin.

Personnel:

  • Jamie Cullum – vocal, piano, organ, photography
  • Gregory Porter – vocal
  • Laura Mvula – vocal
  • Rob Updegraff – guitar
  • Ross Stanley – piano
  • Rian Vosloo – bass, arranger
  • Tim Giles – drums, arranger
  • Tom Richards – saxophone, reeds, arrangements
  • Tomas Challenger – tenor saxophone
  • Edgar Jones – tenor saxophone, reeds
  • Fulvio Sigurta – trumpet
  • Mike Lovett – trumpet
  • Rory Simmons – trumpet, arranger
  • Percy Pursglove – trumpet
  • Neil Sidwell, Nichol Thomson, Natalie Wilts, Trevor Mires – trombone
  • James Allsopp – clarinet, reeds
  • Howard McGill – clarinet
  • Aisha Orazbeveva, Emma Smith – violin
  • Vince Sipprell – viola
  • Lucy Railton – cello
  • Amy Stanford, Anna Giddey, Kit Massey, Mary Martin, Natalie Rozario, Paloma Deike, Rachel Steadman, Ruth Elder – strings
  • Benedic Lamdin – engineer, mixing
  • Alex Bonney – engineer assistant
  • Vlado Meller – mastering
  • Jeremy Lubsey – mastering assistant
  • Matk James – artwork, design
  • Michael Agel, Andrew Corrigan – photography

Track listing:

  1. Interlude – Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli, Raymond Leven
  2. Don’t You Know – Ray Charles
  3. The Seer’s Tower – Sufjan Stevens
  4. Walkin’ – Richard Carpenter
  5. Good Morning Heartache – Dan Fisher, Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham
  6. Sack O’Woe – Jon Hendricks, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley
  7. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus
  8. My One and Only Love – Guy B. Wood, Robert Mellin
  9. Lovesick Blues – Cliff Friend, Irving Mills
  10. Losing You – Randy Newman
  11. Out of This World – Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
  12. Make Someone Happy – Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Jule Styne

The Animals: Same

In September 1964, “MGM” label released the self-titled, debut Animals (The) album. It was recorded January – July 1964, and was produced by Mickie Most.

Personnel:

  • Eric Burdon – vocals
  • Hilton Valentine – guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Price – organ, vibraphone, guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Chas Chandler – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • John Steel – drums
  • Val Valentin – engineer

Track listing:

  1. The House of the Rising Sun – traditional, arranged by Alan Price
  2. The Girl Can’t Help It – Bobby Troup
  3. Blue Feeling – Jimmy Henshaw
  4. Baby Let Me Take You Home – Wes Farrell, Bert Russell
  5. The Right Time – Lew Herman
  6. Talkin’ Bout You – Ray Charles
  7. Around and Around – Chuck Berry
  8. I’m in Love Again – Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino
  9. Gonna Send You Back to Walker – Johnnie Mae Matthews
  10. Memphis, Tennessee – Chuck Berry
  11. I’m Mad Again – John Lee Hooker
  12. I’ve Been Around – Fats Domino

Michael Lang

On August 5, 2022, Michael Anthony Lang died aged 80. He was musician (piano, keyboards, organ, synthesizer) and composer, recorded more than 2500 film scores, and worked with some of the biggest names of modern music such as Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Vince Gill, Milt Jackson, Lee Konitz, Diana Krall, Arturo Sandoval, Josh Groban, Frank Zappa, Lee Ritenour, Oliver Nelson, Bud Shank, Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Solomon Burke, Tom Waits, Peggy Lee, Vanessa Williams, Jose Feliciano, Bette Midler, Russell Watson, Michael Bolton, Don Ellis, Robbie Williams, Paul Anka, Sarah Vaughan, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, Dusty Springfield, Melissa Manchester, Neil Diamond, Shelly Manne and Stan Kenton.  

Johnny Cash & June Carter: Carryin’ On with Johnny Cash & June Carter

On August 1, 1967, “Columbia” label released “Carryin’ On with Johnny Cash & June Carter” album by Johnny Cash and June Carter. It was recorded August 1964 – May 1967, and was produced by Don Law.

Personnel:

  • Johnny Cash – vocals, guitar
  • June Carter – vocals
  • Carl Perkins, Luther Perkins, Bob Johnson – guitar
  • Norman Blake – guitar, dobro
  • Marshall Grant – bass
  • W.S. Holland – drums
  • Charlie McCoy – harmonica
  • Bill McElhiney, Karl Garvin – trumpet
  • Phil Balsey, Jan Howard, The Carter Family – backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man – Marshall Grant
  2. Shantytown – Johnny Cash, June Carter
  3. It Ain’t Me Babe – Bob Dylan
  4. Fast Boat to Sydney – June Helen Carter, Anita Carter
  5. Pack Up Your Sorrows – Richard Farina, Pauline Marden
  6. I Got a Woman – Ray Charles
  7. Jackson – Billy Ed Wheeler, Jerry Leiber
  8. Oh What a Good Thing We Had – Johnny Cash, June Carter
  9. You’ll Be All Right – Johnny Cash, June Carter
  10. No No No – Johnny Cash
  11. What’d I Say – Ray Charles

The Everly Brothers: It’s Every Time

In May 1960, “Warner Bros” label released “It’s Everly Time”, the third Everly Brothers (The) studio album. It was recorded in March 1960.

Personnel:

  • Don Everly – vocals, guitar, arranger
  • Phil Everly – vocals, guitar, arranger
  • Chet Atkins, “Sugarfoot” Garland – electric guitar
  • James Clayton – steel guitar
  • Floyd Cramer, Marvin H. Hughes – piano
  • Floyd T. “Lightnin'” Chance – bass
  • “Buddy” Harman Jr. – drums
  • Tom Palumbo – photography
  • George Avakian – liner notes

Personnel:

All tracks by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, except where noted.

  1. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) – Don Everly
  2. Just in Case – Boudleaux Bryant
  3. Memories Are Made of This – Tichard Dehr, Terry Gilkyson, Frank Miller
  4. That’s What You Do To Me – Bob Montgomery, Earl Sinks
  5. Sleepless Nights
  6. What Kind of Girl Are You – Ray Charles
  7. Oh True Love
  8. Carol Jane – Dave Rich
  9. Some Sweet Day
  10. Nashville Blues
  11. You Thrill Me (Through and Through)
  12. I Want You to Know – Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino

Ray Charles: The Genius Sings the Blues

In October 1961, “Atlantic” label released “The Genius Sings the Blues”, the ninth Ray Charles album. It was recorded 1952 – 1960, and was produced by Ahmet Ertegün and Jerry Wexler.

Personnel:

  • Ray Charles – vocals, piano, organ
  • Marcus Belgrave – trumpet
  • Joe Bridgewater – trumpet
  • Riley Webb – trumpet
  • John Hunt – trumpet 
  • David Newman – alto, baritone and tenor saxophone 
  • Bennie Crawford – baritone saxophone
  • Don Wilkerson – tenor saxophone
  • Edgar Willis – bass 
  • Roosevelt Sheffield – bass
  • Teagle Fleming – drums
  • William Peeples – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Ray Charles, except where noted.

  1. Early in the Mornin’ – Dallas Bartley, Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan
  2. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
  3. The Midnight Hour – Sam Sweet
  4. (Night Time Is) The Right Time – Napoleon Brown, Ozzie Cadena, Lew Herman
  5. Feelin’ Sad – Guitar Slim
  6. Ray’s Blues
  7. I’m Movin’ On – Hank Snow
  8. I Believe to My Soul
  9. Nobody Cares
  10. Mr. Charles’ Blues
  11. Some Day Baby
  12. I Wonder Who

Gerald “Jerry” Wexler

On August 15, 2008, Gerald “Jerry” Wexler died aged 91. He was music journalist and producer, one of the main music industry personalities in the period from the 50s through the 80s. He played significant role in signing and producing many of most famous music acts of that period, including Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Wilson Pickett, Dire Straits and Dusty Springfield. Wexler coined the term “Rhythm and Blues” while writing for “Billboard” magazine in the late 1940s. In 1987, Wexler was inducted to the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and in 2017 to the “National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame”.

Cliff Richard: Listen to Cliff!

In April 1961, “Columbia” label released “Listen to Cliff!”, the third Cliff Richard studio album. It was recorded in 1960, at “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by Norrie Paramor.

Personnel:

  • Cliff Richard – lead vocals
  • Hank Marvin – lead guitar
  • Bruce Welch – rhythm guitar
  • Jet Harris – bass guitar
  • Tony Meehan – drums
  • Malcolm Addey – engineer

Track listing:                                                       

  1. What’d I Say – Ray Charles
  2. Blue Moon – Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
  3. True Love Will Come to You – Peter Chester, Bruce Welch
  4. Lover – Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
  5. Unchained Melody – Alex North, Hy Zaret
  6. Idle Gossip – Floyd Huddleston, Joseph Meyer
  7. First Lesson in Love – Peter Chester, Bruce Welch
  8. Almost Like Being in Love – Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe
  9. Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Dream – Georges Bizet, Oscar Hammerstein II
  10. Memories Linger On – Peter Chester, Bruce Welch
  11. Temptation – Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed
  12. I Live for You – Peter Chester, Bruce Welch
  13. Sentimental Journey – Les Brown, Bud Green, Ben Homer
  14. I Want You to Know – Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino
  15. We Kiss in a Shadow – Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers