1979 Leah Kunkel – Leah Kunkel

Kunkel, Leah 1979Leah Kunkel was born Leah Cohen on June 15, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the younger sister of Cass Elliot from the folk rock vocal group The Mamas & the Papas. In 1968 she married American drummer and music producer Russ Kunkel. Following her sister’s death in 1974, Kunkel was given custody of Cass Elliot’s daughter, Owen. The couple also raised their son, Nathanial.

After being signed to Dunhill records, Kunkel recorded her first album Billy under the name Cotton Candy.She performed with a few bands and continued growing as a singer and songwriter. In 1972, she appeared as a guest vocalist on Jackson Browne’s debut album, performing the countersong on “From Silver Lake”. Following additional session work with Stephen Bishop, Carly Simon, and Arlo Guthrie in the early 1970s, Kunkel appeared on Handy Man (1977) by James Taylor. That same year, she appeared on Watermark by Art Garfunkel, who relied on her vocal harmonies for his subsequent albums Fate for Breakfast (1979), Scissors Cut (1981), and Lefty (1988). Garfunkel became a mentor to her, and helped to get her a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1979.

In 1979, Kunkel released her first album for Columbia Records, which featured several of her own compositions. The self-titled album produced one single, “Step Right Up”. The following year he released her second solo album for Columbia, I Run With Trouble.

In 1980, Kunkel teamed up with Marty Gwinn Townsend to form the Coyote Sisters.They released their first album The Coyote Sisters in 1984 on Lorimar Records. A followup album, Women and Other Visions, was released in 2001. The Coyote Sisters continue to perform.

Tracks

1  Step Right Up (Peter McCann) 3:33
2  Under The Jamaican Moon (Stephen Bishop, Leah Kunkel) 2:47
3  Souvenir Of The Circus (Leah Kunkel) 3:27
4  If I Could Build My Whole World Around You (Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock, Harvey Fuqua) 3:25
5  Down The Backstairs Of My Life (Eric Mercury, Williams Smith) 3:39
6  Losing In Love (Howard Collins) 3:32
7  Step Out (John Phillips) 3:18
8 Don’t Leave These Goodbyes (Jules Shear) 4:57
9  I’ve Got To Get A Message To You (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb) 3:31
10  Fool At Heart (Stephen Bishop) 3:51

Media

Musicians

1 Step Right Up

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarSteve Lukather
FluteJim Horn
StringsMatthew McCauley
Background VocalsPenny Nichols
Background VocalsLeah Kunkel


2 Under The Jamaican Moon

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDan Dugmore
GuitarSteve Lukather
Accoustic GuitarStephen Bishop
PianoJohn Jarvis
SaxJoe Farell
Background VocalsStephen Bishop
VocalsPenny Nichols


3 Souvenir Of The Circus

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
PianoLeah Kunkel
SynthesizerCraige Doerge


4 If I Could Build My Whole World Around You

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsCraige Doerge
OrganWilliam Smith
StringsMatthew McCauley
Background VocalsWilliam Smith
Background VocalsLeah Kunkel
Background VocalsRosemary Butler


5 Down The Backstairs Of My Life

OrganWilliam Smith
StringsMatthew McCauley


6 Losing In Love

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Accoustic GuitarAndrew Gold
KeyboardsCraige Doerge
StringsMatthew McCauley
Background VocalsJackson Browne
Background VocalsLeah Kunkel


7 Step Out

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarSteve Lukather
PianoJames Newton-Howard
SaxJim Horn
Background VocalsPenny Nichols
Background VocalsLeah Kunkel


8 Don’t Leave These Goodbyes

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Accoustic GuitarDoug Livingston
KeyboardsCraige Doerge
PianoLeah Kunkel
PercussionRuss Kunkel
Background VocalsPenny Nichols
Background VocalsLeah Kunkel


9 I’ve Got To Get A Message To You

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarSteve Lukather
PianoJohn Jarvis
SynthesizerLeah Kunkel
Background VocalsLeah Kunkel
Background VocalsRenee Armand


10 Fool At Heart

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
PianoJohn Jarvis
StringsMatthew McCauley
Background VocalsLeah Kunkel

Other Musicians

Cello – Dennis Karmazyn, Jan Kelley, Jerome Kessler, Raymond Kelley, Robert Adcock, Selene Hurford
Double Bass (String Bass) – Buell Neidlinger
Violin – Alfred Breuning, David Frisina, Dan Palmer, Haim Shtrum, Harris Goldman, Henry Ferber, Isabelle Daskoff, James Getzoff, Jay Rosen, Joy Lyle, Murray Adler, Ronald Folsom, Sheldon Sanov, Sid Sharp, Tibor Zelig, William Kurasch

Liner Notes

Producer – Russ Kunkel, Val Garay
Engineer – Val Garay

Concertmaster – Sidney Sharp

Recorded at the Sound Factory and Studio 55, Mixed at the Sound Factory