1978 Deniece Williams Johnny Mathis – That’s What Friends Are For

That’s What Friends Are For is a 1978 album by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams released on Columbia Records. The album went to number 19 on the Pop Albums chart and number 14 on the Black Albums chart. A cover of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need To Get By” reached number 10 on the black singles chart.

That’s What Friends Are For has been certified gold in the United States and in the UK by the RIAA and the British Phonographic Industry respectively.The album was reissued on Jul 1, 2003 with four bonus tracks.


1  You’re All I Need to Get By (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) 2:42
2  Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) (Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, Stevie Wonder) 3:40
3  You’re a Special Part of My Life (Lani Groves, Clarence McDonald, JD Williams) 2:57
4  Ready or Not (Amber DiLena, Jack Keller) 2:52
5  Me for You, You for Me (Fritz Baskett, Clarence McDonald) 3:13
6  Heaven Must Have Sent You (Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland) 3:24
7  Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel) 3:44
8  That’s What Friends Are For (Fritz Baskett, Lani Groves, Clarence McDonald, Deniece Williams) 3:28
9  I Just Can’t Get Over You (Nat Kipner, Winston Sela) 4:13
10  Touching Me With Love (Mel Besher, Corey Maass) 2:31



Bass Scott Edwards
Bass David Hungate
Bass Mike Porcaro
Drums Mike Baird
Drums Ed Greene
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Charles Fearing
Guitar Richard Feldman
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Tim May
Guitar Alvin Ragin
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Guitar David T. Walker
Pedal Steel Guitar Alan Estes
Keyboards Larry Farrow
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Keyboards Sylvester Rivers
Piano David Foster
Piano Michel Rubini
Harmonica Stevie Wonder
Horn Jerry Hey
Percussion Jack Ashford
Percussion Eddie Brown
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Percussion Bob Zimmetti
Background Vocals Sidney Barnes
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Dyanne Chandler
Background Vocals Lani Groves
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters

Other Musicians

Cello – Armand Kaproff, Dennis Karmazyn, Douglas Davis, Gloria Strassner, Harry Shlutz, Jesse Ehrlich, Raphael Kramer, Raymond Kelley, Ron Leonard, Ron Cooper
Flute – John Heitmann, Plas Johnson, Sheridon Stokes, Bill Green
French Horn – Arthur Maebe, David Allan Duke, Gene Sherry, George Price, Henry Sigismonti, Richard Perissi, Bob Henderson, Vince De Rosa
Harp – Dorothy Jeanne Ashby
Soloist, Flute – Plas Johnson (track 9)
Soloist, Harmonica – Stevie Wonder (track 7)
Tenor Saxophone – Ernie Watts
Viola – Alex Neiman, Allan Harshman, David Schwartz, Gareth Nuttycombe, Myra Kestenbaum, Rollice Dale, Virginia Majewski
Violin – Alexander Treger, Arnold Belnick, Assa Drori, David Frisina, Don Palmer, Endre Granat, Glenn Dicterow, Henry Ferber, Henry Roth, Israel Baker, Jack Shulman, Jacke Krachmalnick, Kurt Dieterle, Leonard Malarsky, Marshall Sosson, Murray Adler, Nate Ross, Ralph Silverman, Ronald Folsom, Sheldon Sanov, Stanley Plummer, William Hymanson
Vocals – Jim Gilstrap (tracks: 6,9), Lani Groves (tracks: 6,9), Maxine Willard Waters (tracks: 6,9)

Liner Notes

Producer – Jack Gold
Arranged By, Conductor – Gene Page, Glen Spreen (track 8)
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone
Engineer (Mixing) – Tom Perry
Engineer (Recording) – Dick Bogert
Photography By – Sam Emerson

Recorded At – A&M Studios
Mixed At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Manufactured By – CBS Inc.
Manufactured By – Columbia Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Jon Mat Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.