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oN mARCH 18, 2014.

On March 18, 2014, Joseph Anthony Lala died aged 66. He was musician (percussion), singer and actor, worked with many musicians and bands including The Byrds, Ringo Starr, Bill Wyman, Stephen Stills, Barbra Streisand, Dan Fogelberg, Manassas, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Neil Young, Dione Warwick, The Stills-Young Band, Rod Stewart, Graham Nash, The Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne, Whitney Houston and Joe Walsh, but was best known as founding member and leader of the band Blues Image.

On March 6, 2009.

On March 6, 2009, David Williams died aged 58. He was musician (guitar, bass guitar), vocalist, song writer and music producer, known as a prominent and most in demand session guitarist. He worked with The Dells, The Temptations, Madonna, Michael Jackson,  Chanson, The Pointer Sisters, Peter Allen, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Julio Iglesias, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, Michael McDonald, Melissa Manchester, Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Dionne Warwick, Shalamar, Go West, ABC, Boz Scaggs, Karen Carpenter, Mariah Carey, Julian Lennon, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Johnny Mathis, Del Shannon, Chaka Khan, Paul Hardcastle, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Lionel Richie, Jessica Simpson, Diana Ross, the Crusaders, Andraé Crouch, Eddie Murphy, Herbie Hancock, Peter Cetera, Whitney Houston and Monkey Business. As leader he released two albums.

On August 24, 1998.

On August 24, 1998, Eugene Edgar Page Jr. aka Gene Page, died aged 58. He was a conductor, composer, arranger, and record producer, one of the most successful arrangers and conductors from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s, who worked on more than 200 Platinum and gold records. He created specific sound in the arrangements, and work with numerous artists including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, George Benson, The Jackson 5, Jefferson Starship, The Righteous Brothers, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Roberta Flack, Elton John, Leo Sayer, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Helen Reddy, Lionel Richie, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Donna Loren, Martha and The Vandellas, Cher, Barry White, The Love Unlimited Orchestra, and Dionne Warwick. Page released four solo albums and composed soundtracks for few movies.

On April 27, 1989.

On April 27, 1989, “Arista” label released “Through the Storm”, the thirty-second Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded in 1988, and was produced by Narada Michael Walden, Walter Afanasieff, Arif Mardin, Joe Mardin and Aretha Franklin.

Personnel:

  • Aretha Franklin– lead and backing vocals, piano, vocal engineer
  • James Brown – lead vocals
  • Elton John– lead vocals
  • Four Tops– lead and backing vocals
  • Whitney Houston– lead vocals
  • Walter Afanasieff– keyboards, synthesizer, programming
  • Kitty Beethoven – backing vocals
  • Chris Botti– trumpet
  • Margaret Branch – backing vocals
  • Mike Davis – trombone
  • George Devens – percussion
  • David Foster– piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer
  • Siedah Garrett– backing vocals
  • Kenny G– saxophone
  • Greg Gigi Gonaway– cymbal
  • Louis Johnson– bass guitar
  • Reggie Griffin – guitar
  • Kenneth Hitchcock – baritone saxophone
  • Yogi Horton– drums
  • Liz Jackson – backing vocals
  • Skyler Jett – backing vocals
  • Melisa Kary – backing vocals
  • Brenda Corbett – backing vocals
  • Edie Lehman – backing vocals
  • Marti McCall – backing vocals
  • Claytoven Richardson– backing vocals
  • Steve Khan– guitar
  • Ren Klyce– programming, additional keyboards
  • Jerry Knight – bass guitar
  • Robbie Kondor – synthesizer, piano
  • Steve Kroon – percussion
  • Sammy Merendino – electronic drums
  • David Paich– piano
  • Jeff Porcaro– drums
  • John Robinson– drums
  • Marc Russo– saxophone
  • Corrado Rustici – guitar, rhythm guitar
  • “Bongo” Bob Smith – programming
  • Kent Smith – trumpet
  • Andy Snitzer – tenor saxophone
  • Narada Michael Walden– ,arrangements, electronic drums, sequencer, synthesizer
  • Aaron Zigman– keyboards, bass vocals
  • Lincoln Clapp – engineer
  • David Frazer – engineer
  • Rod Hui – recording, mixing
  • Mike Lacopelli – recording, vocal recording
  • Darren Klein – engineer, mixing
  • Arif Mardin– arrangements
  • Joe Mardin– programming, sequencer, recording, mixing
  • Peter Max – front and back cover art
  • Norman Parkinson – photography
  • Marlene Cohen – art direction

Track listing:

  1. Gimme Your Love – Narada Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen
  2. Mercy – Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard
  3. He’s the Boy – Aretha Franklin
  4. It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be – Albert Hammond, Diane Warren
  5. Through the Storm – Albert Hammond, Diane Warren
  6. Think (1989) – Aretha Franklin, Ted White
  7. Come to Me – Willard Eugene Price
  8. If Ever a Love There Was – Pamela Phillips Oland, Todd Cerney

In May 1989.

In May 1989, “Arista” label released “Through the Storm”, the thirty-fifth Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded in 1988, and was produced by Narada Michael Walden, Walter Afanasieff, Arif Mardin, Joe Mardin and Aretha Franklin.

Personnel:

  • Aretha Franklin– lead and backing vocals, vocal engineer, acoustic piano
  • James Brown – lead vocals
  • Walter Afanasieff– keyboards, synth bass, drum programming
  • Kitty Beethoven – backing vocals
  • Chris Botti– trumpet
  • Margaret Branch – backing vocals
  • Lincoln Clapp – engineer
  • Marlene Cohen – art direction
  • Brenda Corbett – backing vocals
  • Mike Davis – trombone
  • George Devens – percussion
  • David Foster– electric piano, synthesizer
  • Four Tops– vocals
  • David Frazer – engineer
  • Siedah Garrett– backing vocals
  • Kenny G– saxophone
  • Greg “Gigi” Gonaway – cymbal
  • Reggie Griffin – guitar
  • Kenneth Hitchcock – baritone saxophone
  • Yogi Horton– drums
  • Whitney Houston– lead vocals
  • Jeff Porcaro– drums
  • John Robinson– drums
  • Marc Russo– saxophone solo
  • Corrado Rustici – guitar, rhythm guitar
  • “Bongo” Bob Smith – drum programming
  • Kent Smith – trumpet
  • Andy Snitzer – tenor saxophone
  • Narada Michael Walden– arrangements, Simmons drums, synthesizer
  • Aaron Zigman– keyboards, bass vocals
  • Rod Hui – recording, mixing
  • Mike Iacopelli – recording , vocal recording
  • Liz Jackson – backing vocals
  • Skyler Jett – backing vocals
  • Elton John– lead vocals
  • Louis Johnson– bass guitar
  • Melisa Kary – backing vocals
  • Steve Khan– guitar
  • Darren Klein – engineer, mixing
  • Ren Klyce– Fairlight CMI programming, additional keyboards
  • Jerry Knight – bass guitar
  • Robbie Kondor – synthesizer, acoustic piano
  • Steve Kroon – percussion
  • Edie Lehman – backing vocals
  • Arif Mardin– arrangements
  • Joe Mardin – programming, sequencing, recording, mixing
  • Peter Max – cover art
  • Marti McCall – backing vocals
  • Sammy Merendino – additional drum samples
  • David Paich– acoustic piano
  • Claytoven Richardson– backing vocals
  • Norman Parkinson – photography

Track listing:

  1. Gimme Your Love – Narada Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen
  2. Mercy – Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard
  3. He’s the Boy – Aretha Franklin
  4. It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be – Albert Hammond, Diane Warren
  5. Through the Storm – Albert Hammond, Diane Warren
  6. Think – Aretha Franklin, Ted White
  7. Come to Me – Willard Eugene Price
  8. If Ever a Love There Was – Pamela Phillips Oland, Todd Cerney