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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Dec 012013
 

from NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT/SHOULD WE CARRY ON (single)

written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & B.J. Cook

Around the late seventies, David Foster and Jay Graydon were red-hot session players who were making their transition to producers/songwriters. “Should We Carry On” is one of the trademark Foster/Graydon ballads that also gave them a recording contract with RCA.

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Mar 132011
 

from TROUBLE IN PARADISE/SAVE ME (single)

written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Al Jarreau

The albums that Al Jarreau released in the early eighties under Jay Graydon’s production have a level of sophistication and musicianship that are absolutely impressive and rightly considered some of the best quality Pop ever conceived.
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May 232010
 

from TOGETHER

written by Johnny Bristol

The late Ocie Lee Smith, better known as O.C. Smith, was an American pop/soul singer who brought several songs to the charts during the course of his career. Among those hits were “Daddy’s Little Man,” “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “Little Green Apples,” which reached #2 on both the R&B and Pop charts. Continue reading »

Sep 062009
 

From SPIES IN THE NIGHT/SMILE AGAIN (single)

Written by David Foster, Jay Graydon, Alan Paul & Monty Norman

In 1981, The Manhattan Transfer released their album “Mecca For Moderns.” It was the vocal super group’s second collaboration with producer Jay Graydon. The album became an immediate hit on both the jazz and pop charts with platinum plus sales and multiple Grammy wins. Continue reading »

May 032009
 

From PEGASUS
Written by Jack Conrad

In the fall of 1974, after the good success of his first disco project, “The Bottom Line,” producer Jack Conrad went back into the studio to record two more albums in the same vein. “The Bottom Line” got positive reviews and spawned a single, “That’s The Way To Go” that made some buzz on the dancefloors. Continue reading »