Apr 022017
 

from THOSE WERE THE DAYS

written by John Lennon

The working relationship between David Foster and country/pop superstar Dolly Parton started in the second half of the seventies when the Hitman, already a top-list session man, played keyboards on some of Ms. Parton’s hit albums. Those recordings included Say Forever You’ll Be Mine that Ms. Parton recorded in 1975 with the late country artist Porter Wagoner (August 12, 1927 to October 28, 2007) and later on her own hit albums including Here You Come Again, Heartbreaker and Great Balls Of Fire. In 1984, Foster produced the platinum-plus Once Upon A Christmas that Ms. Parton recorded with country/pop superstar Kenny Rogers.

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Mar 262017
 

from HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY (single)

written by David Foster & Peter Cetera

Chicago’s “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” was one of the turning points in David Foster’s career. The super-producer had already co-written big hits including “After The Love Is Gone” for Earth, Wind & Fire, “Got To Be Real” for Cheryl Lynn and Boz Scaggs’ “Love, Look What You’ve Done To Me.” Foster really hit the jackpot on this heaven-sent collaboration with former Chicago front-man Peter Cetera in May 1982. The blonde tenor was in his prime as a singer/songwriter and instantly clicked with Foster.

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Mar 192017
 

from SEAL 6: COMMITMENT

written by Seal & Gus Isidore

“I asked David [Foster] to produce Commitment because, quite simply, he’s the most incredible person I’ve worked with in the studio for a very long time. He’s one of a kind. I don’t think there’s an arranger and producer anywhere on the planet who can do what he does.”

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Mar 122017
 

from HEARTACHE

written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Steve Kipner

“Nothing You Can Do About It” was one of the pinnacles of David Foster’s songwriting career. The Hitman co-wrote the music of this milestone pop song around the end of the seventies with his pal Jay Graydon. Steve Kipner provided the positive lyrical content. Graydon produced a fantastic version of this tune for Manhattan Transfer’s 1979 Extensions album, although the definitive take of “Nothing You Can Do About It” belongs to the legendary, quality pop sounds of Foster’s and Graydon’s Airplay. It wasn’t easy to challenge such a glorious recording in terms of arrangement and execution, yet in 1982, singer/songwriter Leslie Smith re-worked “Nothing You Can Do About it” with great results for his solo album, Heartache.

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Mar 052017
 

from HOW YOU GONNA SEE ME NOW (single)

written by Alice Cooper, Bernie Taupin & Dick Wagner

“How You Gonna See Me Now” was the lead single from Alice Cooper’s From The Inside album. Co-written by the rock star with guitarist Dick Wagner and Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin, this intense ballad became a solid hit by reaching #12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in late 1978. David Foster added his polished feel to the slick arrangement and production by giving the song an out-of-the-box radio-friendly appeal. “How You Gonna See Me Now” was one of the first major hits that Foster produced and a review can be found here in the archives.

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Feb 262017
 

from GIMME WHAT YOU GOT (single)

written by Tom Canning & Al Jarreau

On February 12, the music world observed the loss of supreme jazz/pop singer Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940 to February 12, 2017). His God-given talents, unique voice and superior skills are going to be greatly missed by his many fans and refined music lovers worldwide. To honor his memory and outstanding musical legacy, the “Song Of The Week” picked one of his many splendid composition titled “Gimme What You Got.” Originally included on Jarreau’s 1980 album This Time, “Gimme What You Got” was one of those breezy gems that helped define the Los Angeles pop sound of that unforgettable era. This Time marked the first collaboration between the Milwaukee-born singer and producer/guitarist extraordinaire, Jay Graydon.

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Feb 192017
 

from ONE LIFE TO LIVE: THE BEST OF LOVE

written by David Foster & Dean Pitchford

Teach Me How To Dream” was an evocative ballad co-written in the early nineties by David Foster with Dean Pitchford for the soundtrack of the action/comedy movie, If Looks Could Kill. Foster’s amazing ability to craft a power ballad was enhanced on this collaboration with Pitchford, a celebrated pop/adult contemporary songwriter in his own right with hit co-writes including Irene Cara’s Academy Award winner “Fame,” Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose,” Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero” and Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It For The Boy.” “Teach Me How To Dream” was produced by Foster with vocals by noted rock singer Robin McAuley.

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