On August 13, 1971, Curtis Ousley (born Curtis Montgomery) aka King Curtis died aged 37. He was music director, record producer, and musician (soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet), worked in various music genres, rhythm, and blues, rock and roll, soul, blues, funk, and soul-jazz. He performed and recorded with numerous musicians and bands including Aretha Franklin, Nat Adderley, Wynton Kelly, ]Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Andy Williams, The Coasters, LaVern Baker, Joe South, John Lennon, the Rimshots, Champion Jack Dupree, Jerry Jemmott, Oliver Jackson, King Pins, Bernard Purdie, The Shirelles, The Noble Band, Cornell Dupree, and Duane Allman. At the 1970 “Grammy Awards”, Curtis won the “Best R&B Instrumental Performance Grammy” for “Games People Play”. In March 2000, he was posthumously inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.
On November 18, “Boardwalk” label released “I Love Rock ‘n Roll”, the second Joan Jett studio album. It was recorded June – September 1981, at “Kingdom Sound Studios” and “Soundworks Studios” in New York, and was produced by Kenny Laguna and Ritchie Cordell. It was the first album to feature her backing band The Blackhearts. The album was certified 2 x Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”, and Platinum in the US by “RIIA”.
- Joan Jett– vocals; guitar
- Ricky Byrd – guitar
- Gary Ryan – bass guitar; backing vocals
- Lee Crystal – drums
- Eric Ambel– guitar
- Will “Dub” Jones– vocals
- The Coasters– backing vocals
- Glen Kolotkin – associate producer, engineer
- Gerry Gabinelli – engineer
- Stew Romain – mastering
- I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Alan Merrill, Jake Hooker
- (I’m Gonna) Run Away – Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna
- Love is Pain – Joan Jett
- Nag – Arthur Cher
- Crimson and Clover – Tommy James, Peter Lucia jr.
- Victim of Circumstance – Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna
- Bits and Pieces – Dave Clark, Mike Smith
- Be Straight – Joan Jett, Greg Kihn, Kenny laguna
- You’re Too Possessive – Joan Jett
- Little Drummer Boy – Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone