from EL CAMINO
written by Kenny Passarelli & Marino Lamberti
This week, we take a look at a true rarity in David Foster’s career. Santa Fè was a short-lived, Latin/rock combo formed in the late eighties by famed bassist/vocalist/composer Kenny Passarelli. He was formerly with the Elton John band and played with a who’s who of other stars including Hall & Oates, the late Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills and Joe Walsh.
Santa Fè released a little-known album in 1988 titled “El Camino” which was produced by the ultra-talented Humberto Gatica. Though the Chilean-born Gatica had a great track record of successful projects for Latin superstars like Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Lerner and Myriam Hernandez, Santa Fè and their album regrettably remained a well-kept secret. “El Camino” included a few good songs perfectly crafted with state-of-the-art musicianship and production. Gatica asked his old friend and partner in crime Foster to co-produce and arrange one track for the album, the evocative ballad “Cancion Sentimental.” Like the bulk of “El Camino,” “Cancion Sentimental” was co-written by Passarelli with Spanish lyrics by fellow band member Marino Lamberti. Foster crafted the song very nicely with great keyboard work to support Passarelli’s tenor voice. Other fine touches were added by Mike Landau on acoustic guitar and Jeremy Lubbock’s soothing string arrangement.
The rest of the album was arranged by John Capek of Marc Jordan fame. The better-known song was the title-track, “El Camino (Someday We’ll Be Together),” that received some airplay after it was included on the soundtrack of a famous Brazilian soap opera.
Lead Vocals: Kenny Passarelli
Keyboards & Bass Synthesizer: David Foster
Guitar: Michael Landau
Drums & Synthesizers Bells: John Keane
Backing Vocals: Marino Lamberti
String Arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock
Arranged by David Foster
Produced by Humberto Gatica & David Foster