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

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Flute Jim Horn
Strings Matthew McCauley
Background Vocals Penny Nichols
Background Vocals Leah Kunkel


2 Under The Jamaican Moon

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Dan Dugmore
Guitar Steve Lukather
Accoustic Guitar Stephen Bishop
Piano John Jarvis
Sax Joe Farell
Background Vocals Stephen Bishop
Vocals Penny Nichols


3 Souvenir Of The Circus

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Piano Leah Kunkel
Synthesizer Craige Doerge


4 If I Could Build My Whole World Around You

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Craige Doerge
Organ William Smith
Strings Matthew McCauley
Background Vocals William Smith
Background Vocals Leah Kunkel
Background Vocals Rosemary Butler


5 Down The Backstairs Of My Life

Organ William Smith
Strings Matthew McCauley


6 Losing In Love

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Accoustic Guitar Andrew Gold
Keyboards Craige Doerge
Strings Matthew McCauley
Background Vocals Jackson Browne
Background Vocals Leah Kunkel


7 Step Out

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano James Newton-Howard
Sax Jim Horn
Background Vocals Penny Nichols
Background Vocals Leah Kunkel


8 Don’t Leave These Goodbyes

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Accoustic Guitar Doug Livingston
Keyboards Craige Doerge
Piano Leah Kunkel
Percussion Russ Kunkel
Background Vocals Penny Nichols
Background Vocals Leah Kunkel


9 I’ve Got To Get A Message To You

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano John Jarvis
Synthesizer Leah Kunkel
Background Vocals Leah Kunkel
Background Vocals Renee Armand


10 Fool At Heart

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Piano John Jarvis
Strings Matthew McCauley
Background Vocals Leah 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