May 142017
 

from LIVE

written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager & Peter Allen

In 1984, veteran superstar Johnny Mathis released a new record simply titled Live. Recorded in London the previous year, Live presented a nice selection of Mathis’ evergreens like “The Twelfth Of Never,” “Misty,” “Chances Are” and “A Certain Smile.” A smart twist to the tracks was given with the inclusion of well-dosed covers of modern pop songs like Kenny Loggins’ “I Believe In Love,” Albert Hammond’s “99 Miles From L.A.” and the late Peter Allen’s (February 10, 1944 to June 18, 1992) “Fly Away.” The classy production by Denny Diante enriched the sound with deluxe arrangements courtesy of the gifted pens of the late Eugene “Gene” Page (September 13, 1939 to August 24, 1998) and Michel Colombier (May 23, 1939 to November 14, 2004) plus Mathis’ band members Larry Steelman and Gil Reigers. Allen’s “Fly Away” was co-written by Allen with David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager and was one of the highlights of Live.

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Dec 252016
 

from THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Written by Edward Pola & George Wyle

This week to celebrate the Christmas season in style, the Song of the Week has mined another gem from David Foster’s 1993 cd, The Christmas Album. Foster, with the help of master arranger Jeremy Lubbock, delivers a version of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” that can rightly stand alongside Andy Williams’ 1963 take on this definitive holiday classic.

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Sep 042016
 

from FRIENDS IN LOVE
Written by Jim Andron & Candy Parton

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In the spring of 1982, legendary pop/soul diva Dionne Warwick released her new album for Arista Records entitled Friends In Love. Produced by renowned Jay Graydon, Friends In Love was a stunning example of the most refined adult pop delivered with all the genius tricks that made other Graydon productions, including Al Jarreau’s Breaking Away and Manhattan Transfer’s Mecca For Moderns, milestones of quality pop. Unlike those aforementioned classics, Friends In Love fell victim of an absurd boycott by the record label. The album eventually sold only 200,000 copies and hit the wall at #87 on Billboard’s Top 200.
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