Jul 202014
 

from PAST TO PRESENT – THE 70S
written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Harry Garfield

This week, we go back to the late seventies and “Love Flows,” a little-known yet gorgeous collaboration between David Foster and Jay Graydon. This sweet love song remained in Graydon’s vaults until 2006 when the super-producer finally released “Past To Present – The 70s.” Graydon’s cd was a compilation that included many demo treasures recorded in the second half of 1970 by the former Airplay member and right before his big break with Al Jarreau and The Manhattan Transfer.

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Jul 132014
 

from TOM THUMB THE DREAMER
written by Michael Dinner

Michael Dinner was an American singer/songwriter who released a couple of good albums in the mid-seventies that were commercially unsuccessful. Dinner’s style was reminiscent of popular names like Jackson Browne, The Eagles and Danny O’Keefe with solid country/rock songwriting mixed with a refined, pop/rock instrumental back-up.

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Jul 062014
 

from FROM E TO U: VOLUME 1
written by David Foster, Tom Keane & Cynthia Weil

The end of May 2014 saw a special Japanese-only release by R&B star Eric Benet entitled “From E To U: Volume 1.” This project is a collection of pop and soul covers of hit songs from the likes of Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross, Journey, Earth, Wind & Fire and several others. Those who loved Benet’s great reworking of the Toto classic “Georgy Porgy” or his 2005 David Foster-produced cd “Hurricane” already witnessed the singer’s passion for quality pop and soul music of the late seventies and early eighties. “From E To U: Volume 1″ reinforces this commitment with a handful of elegant songs modernized by Benet with his longtime collaborator Demonte Posey.

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Jun 292014
 

from WHY GOODBYE (single)
written by Diane Warren

Veteran R&B star Peabo Bryson started his noteworthy career in the second part of the seventies. Bryson released a string of refined soul albums that spawned chart hits like “Reaching For The Sky,” “Feel The Fire,” “I’m So Into You” and “Let The Feeling Flow.” Bryson’s creamy tenor was also featured on romantic duets with female stars including Melissa Manchester on “Lovers After All,” Roberta Flack on “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” and Natalie Cole on “Gimme Some Time.”

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Jun 222014
 

from HOPE IS ALWAYS HERE
written by David Foster & Olivia Newton-John

Not only is David Foster one of the world’s most gifted music-makers, he is also a renowned humanitarian. Foster for almost thirty years, through his David Foster Foundation, has supported hundreds of families with children facing severe health issues. He has raised millions with his star-filled concerts and special events. Although Foster has worked for many years on his own contributions, he has given his musical magic to countless events organized by superstars friends like Andre Agassi and Muhammad Ali who also do phenomenal work for their own foundations.

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Jun 152014
 

from I’M YOUR GIRLFRIEND
written by John Keller, Robert Halligan & Jim Bacon

In the early eighties, David Foster’s career exploded with top chart hits written and/or produced for Chicago, Kenny Rogers, The Tubes, Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Boz Scaggs and several others. Those platinum, award-winning singles and albums put the Canadian-born music-maker on the red-hot list of producers and the rest, as they say, is history. Although of the same top-notch quality of the aforementioned records, those same years witnessed some Foster work that didn’t become as popular and, in some cases, remain a well-kept secret to this day. Dara Sedaka’s “I’m Your Girlfriend” is one of these hidden gems.

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Jun 082014
 

from YESTERDAY’S DREAMS
written by Alphonso Johnson, Philip Bailey& Pat Walker

Virtuoso musician Alphonso Johnson is one of the modern legends of bass guitar. His eclectic talent, superior technique and fantastic groove is appreciated worldwide by jazz, rock and r&b audiences. During the course of his long and remarkable career, Johnson has played alongside people like Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Pat Metheny, Pino Daniele, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, George Duke, Gov’t Mule and Chuck Mangione.

He was also a member of rock legends Santana and seminal jazz/rock masters The Weather Report. In the second half of the seventies, right after his very fortunate stint with The Weather Report, Johnson signed a three record deal with Epic Records.

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