Jun 082014

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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Jun 012014

written by David Foster, Tom Keane, Jermaine Jackson & Kathy Wakefield

Pop/soul singer Glenn Medeiros enjoyed a brief run of success in the second half of the eighties. This Hawaii-born singer is most remembered for the song “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You,” a tender ballad co-penned by two legendary tunesmiths, Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser.

Originally recorded by soul/jazz great George Benson for his 1985 album “In Your Eyes,” “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” became a worldwide hit for Medeiros in 1987 and was included on his self-titled debut release. Produced by Jay Stone, “Glenn Medeiros” was essentially a pop affair with soul overtones aimed toward teenage audiences.

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May 252014

written by Marc Jordan & Stephen Moccio

The beginning of 2007 saw the release of a special Valentine’s Day project by international recording star Josh Groban. This eight track compilation CD was titled “With You” and was sold exclusively at the Hallmark store chain. “With You” included previously released material personally selected by the baritone superstar like “You’re Still You,” “Broken Vow,” “When You Say You Love Me” and “Per Te.” This romantic tour-de-force also presented a couple of beautiful, unreleased songs – the title track and “My Heart Was Home Again.”

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May 182014

written by David Foster, Donny Gerrard & Eric Mercury

Dusty Springfield was a pop/soul singer from the UK who enjoyed terrific success in the late fifties up to the nineties. Exceptionally gifted with a soulful, husky voice, Ms. Springfield brought timeless songs to the charts including “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me,” “The Look Of Love,” “Son Of A Preacher Man, “The Windmills Of Your Mind” and “Wishin’ And Hopin’.” “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” was her 1987 collaboration with popular UK duo Pet Shop Boys and together they reached #2 on both the UK and the US Pop charts. Ms. Springfield prematurely died in 1999 and was rightly inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame later that year.

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May 112014

written by Steve Cropper & Wilson Pickett, Jr.

Produced by David Foster and co-produced by Jochem van der Saag, Seal’s 2008 “Soul” was a collection of contemporized covers of r&b classics and became a top seller in several countries worldwide. “Soul” was eventually certified gold in the US, platinum in the UK and diamond in France. The album was introduced to international audiences by the popular cover of Sam Cooke’s hit, “A Change Is Gonna Come” that ignited great interest in this new release. In the months that followed, several other singles from that cd made their appearances in the music charts of many different countries.

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May 042014

from SKYLARK 2
written by Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

In 1972, the Canadian pop/rock group Skylark introduced David Foster’s talents to the world. After the massive success of their 1973 hit “Wildflower,” Skylark went back into the studio to work on their sophomore release. Produced again by Eirik Wangberg, the new recording saw the group down to only three members – Foster, his then-wife Bonnie Jean (B.J.) Cook and singer Donny Gerrard. “Skylark 2” was released in 1974 and oddly enough, the new album again included their “Wildflower” hit ballad, maybe to cash in some more on its huge potential. “Skylark 2” was a good soft/rock collection with touches of soul, country and Latin rock.

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Apr 272014

from THE BEST OF ME/SAJE (single)
written by David Foster, Jeremy Lubbock & Richard Marx

Last week we mentioned “The Best Of Me” as one of David Foster’s trademark ballads and a very successful chapter of his golden songbook. Around 1982, Foster co-wrote the song with composer/arranger extraordinaire Jeremy Lubbock and the great pop/rocker Richard Marx. Marx was only nineteen years old then and worked as Foster’s studio assistant. Through the years, the charm of this sweet love song has attracted singers including Barry Manilow, Michael Buble, Kenny Rogers and Phil Perry. Yet the most successful rendition of the tune belongs to veteran UK superstar Cliff Richard who, in 1989, scored a #2 hit in his homeland with it.

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