Dec 042016
 

from WORLD CALLED LOVE   
Written by David Foster & Brenda Russell

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She was born Brenda Gordon on April 8, 1949 (the year varies) in Brooklyn, New York to father Gus Gordon, one of the Ink Spots and a member of the Bill Johnson Quartet, and mother Cinnamon Sharpe, who sang and wrote songs. She would become known as Brenda Russell, a distinguished singer/songwriter of gems including “Get Here” and “If Only For One Night.” Ms. Russell was active in the early seventies with her first husband Brian Russell as backing vocalists for artists including Anne Murray, Cat Stevens, Sir Elton John, Neil Sedaka and Cher . Sir Elton, recognizing the duo’s talent, signed them to his Rocket Record Company and 1976 brought their debut album titled World Called Love.

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Nov 272016
 

from A SMILE LIKE YOURS (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK)
Written by Diane Warren

Sung by the unforgettable Natalie Cole, “A Smile Like Yours” was the title-track on the original soundtrack of the 1997 romantic comedy starring Greg Kinnear and Lauren Holly. “A Smile Like Yours” was written by the amazing Diane Warren and produced by Walter Afanasieff and David Foster. Those two giant hit-makers were great friends with a deep, mutual respect.

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Nov 202016
 

from THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS
Written by David Foster, Khris McDaniels & Holly Knight

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“I Burn For You” was a romantic pop song included on the soundtrack of the hit 1987 movie The Secret Of My Success starring Michael J. Fox. The movie was scored by David Foster who also produced its original soundtrack that included several of his pop/rock co-writes plus a few trademark instrumentals. The Hitman was red-hot from the platinum success of the music for the 1985 “brat pack” movie, St. Elmo’s Fire.

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Nov 132016
 

from WILDFLOWER (single)
Written by David Richardson & Doug Edwards

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This week the spotlight is on “Wildflower,” the 1973 hit by David Foster’s early band, Skylark. That sumptuous ballad was the Hitman’s first bite of success on Billboard’s Hot 100.

“Wildflower” was co-written by Skylark’s guitarist, the late, Doug Edwards who passed away just a few days ago, with David Richardson, a friend of Foster’s who wrote a poem that married to Edwards’ inspired music and eventually became the lyrics of that evergreen.

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Nov 062016
 

from PASSIONE (Deluxe Edition)
Written by Gino Paoli

“Senza Fine” is one of the most important evergreens in the history of Italian popular music. Written by legendary singer/songwriter Gino Paoli, this astonishing composition was covered by a who’s who of international music stars including Ornella Vanoni who sang the original version in 1961, Dean Martin, Connie Francis, Boz Scaggs, Monica Mancini, Mike Patton of Faith No More, Claudio Baglioni and jazz legend Wes Montgomery. “Senza Fine” is also one of the classic love songs selected by Andrea Bocelli and David Foster for the singer’s 2013 cd Passione and is included in the Deluxe Edition of that gold-certified hit. Continue reading »

Oct 302016
 

from THE SYMPHONY SESSIONS
Written by David Foster & Lee Ritenour

This Song of the Week review is “Time Passing,” another of the gorgeous instrumentals from David Foster’s seminal cd, The Symphony Sessions. Released in 1988, this project features the great work of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. It is also the perfect opportunity for the gifted music-maker to showcase his classical background.
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Oct 232016
 

from JUST FOR THE RECORD
Written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus & Tim Rice

The Broadway Album is one of the milestones of Barbra Streisand’s illustrious career. Released in November 1985, this stunning collection of classic show tunes reached #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 and went on to sell over four million copies in the US and about eight million worldwide.
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