Jul 172016

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Written by David Foster & Nigel Olsson

Nigel Olsson’s name is unavoidably associated with Elton John’s band. Olsson has played drums on and off with the UK superstar since the early seventies for over 2,000 live shows and dozens of studio recordings. Olsson appeared on seminal albums like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player, 21 At 33, Caribou, up to Sir Elton’s most recent recording titled Wonderful Crazy Night released February 2016.
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Jul 102016

Written by Diane Warren

Diane Warren and David Foster basically owned the adult pop field in the nineties. The California-born, gifted songwriter wrote staples including “Because You Loved Me,” “Un-break My Heart,” “Music Of My Heart” and “Have You Ever” which were all superbly crafted by the Canadian super-producer and can be found in the archives. Another of their hit collaborations was the 1997 ballad, “For You I Will.” Warren wrote and Foster produced “For You I Will” for the young pop/R&B diva Monica (born Monica Denise Arnold). That song became a platinum seller and was included on the smash hit soundtrack of “Space Jam” starring basketball legend Michael Jordan.
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Jul 032016

Written by David Foster & Peter Allen

1980 was a pivotal year for David Foster’s career. The previous year saw his first big achievement with Earth, Wind & Fire’s I Am. The young music-maker went on to craft several ear-candy productions for Boz Scaggs, Average White Band, Tavares, the late Peter Allen (February 10, 1944 to June 18, 1992) and his own Airplay project that won the hearts of the many quality pop aficionados worldwide. Foster’s music was, way back when, an irresistible mix of pop, soul and rock delivered with catchy hooks and jazz-influenced arrangements. Continue reading »

Jun 262016

Written by Lee Ritenour & Don Grusin

At the end of the seventies, David Foster was building a solid reputation as a gifted songwriter and producer in the pop/rock and R&B fields. Foster was also still part of the A-list in the Los Angeles session world playing keyboards on several high profile releases. He was rightly considered one of the best pop piano players around and his virtuoso skills were enlisted on a wide palette of styles including jazz/fusion projects. Lee Ritenour was another world-class session ace of that decade and Rit’s guitar along with Foster’s keyboards appeared together on several hit records. Continue reading »

Jun 192016

Written by Eric Clapton & Will Jennings

At the dawn of the new millennium, David Foster basically invented the Josh Groban phenomenon. The legendary hitmaker was looking for a singer that could fill Andrea Bocelli’s adult pop slot. The young and talented Groban fit that crossover role like a glove and he went on to sell millions of Foster-produced cds. As a consequence, all the record companies worldwide started to sign operatic singers, hopeful to surf that successful wave. A plethora of Groban/Bocelli sound-alikes released albums, but only a few had good results sales wise and many of them faded away in the blink of an eye. Continue reading »

Jun 122016

Written by David Foster & Neil Diamond

The Song of the Week is “Take Care Of Me,” co-written by David Foster with the legendary Neil Diamond. This energetic rock tune is part of Diamond’s 1988 album, The Best Years Of Our Lives.” Produced by Foster, The Best Years Of Our Lives is a solid adult pop/rock collection that features the many sides of Diamond’s music spectrum plus the bonus of the Hitman’s inventive, ear candy arrangements and musical direction.

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Jun 052016

Written by Paul Anka, Yves Dessca, Maxine Piolot, Alain Chamfort, Michel Pilay

Veteran pop star Paul Anka found another beautiful French melody as he did a few years earlier with Claude Francoise’s “Comme D’habitude” that became, with his ingenious lyrics, the immortal “My Way.” This time, Anka added some gorgeous love lyrics around a composition by the team of Alain Chamfort and Michel Pilay. The result was “Do I Love You?” that was first recorded by the Canadian legend on his 1971 self-titled album. The song was released as a single and became a minor hit for Anka. In 1977 under the title of “Do I Love You (Yes In Every Way),” the song was resurrected by country singer Donna Fargo who brought it to #2 on the Country charts in the US and #1 in Canada.

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