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On December 13, 1977.

On December 13, 1977, “Atlantic” label released “Blue Lights in the Basement”, the sixth Roberta Flack studio album. It was recorded 1976 – 1977, and was produced by Rubina Flake, Joe Ferla and Gene McDaniels.

Personnel:

  • Roberta Flack– vocals, keyboards, arrangements
  • Paul Griffin– keyboards
  • Ronnie Foster– keyboards, background vocals
  • Don Grolnick– keyboards
  • Rob Mounsey– keyboards
  • Leon Pendarvis– keyboards, background vocals, musical arrangements
  • Harry Whitaker – keyboards, musical arrangements
  • Reggie Lucas– guitar
  • Hugh McCracken– guitar, musical arrangements
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • David Spinozza– guitar
  • John Tropea– guitar
  • Michael Kamen– oboe solo, musical arrangements
  • Anthony Jackson– bass guitar
  • Basil Fearrington – bass
  • Will Lee– bass guitar
  • Gary King– bass, musical arrangements
  • Steve Gadd– drums
  • Allan Schwartzberg– drums
  • Jimmy Wong – drums
  • Howard King – drums
  • Idris Muhammad– drums
  • Crusher Bennett – percussion
  • David Carey – percussion
  • Jimmy Maelen– percussion
  • James Mtume– percussion, background vocals
  • Jim Gilstrap, Lani Groves, Gwen Guthrie, Yvonne Lewis, Gene McDaniels, Zach Sanders, Brenda White, Deniece Williams– background vocals

Track listing:

  1. Why Don’t You Move in with Me – Gene McDaniels
  2. The Closer I Get to You – Reggie Lucas, James Mtume
  3. Fine, Fine Day – Rachel Perry
  4. This Time I’ll Be Sweeter – Pat Grant, Gwen Guthrie
  5. 25th of Last December – Gene McDaniels
  6. After You – Michael Masser, Ron Miller
  7. I’d Like to Be Baby to You – Morgan Ames
  8. Soul Deep – Wayne Carson
  9. Love is the Healing – Gene McDaniels
  10. Where I’ll Find You – David McHugh
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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