1978 Chanson – Chanson

Chanson was an American studio based disco group from the late 1970s, led by James Jamerson Jr (son of the sideman, James Jamerson) and David Williams. The group took their name from the French word for song. They were a one-hit wonder, reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979 with “Don’t Hold Back”, on the Ariola record label. The same track reached number 33 in the UK Singles Chart, in January 1979.


Don’t Hold Back (David Williams, James Jamerson Jr) 4:20
2  I Can Tell (David Williams, James Jamerson Jr) 6:57
3  I Love You More (David Williams, James Jamerson Jr) 3:47
4  Why (David Williams, James Jamerson Jr) 4:23
5  Did You Ever (David Williams, James Jamerson Jr) 4:24
6  All The Time You Need (David Williams, James Jamerson Jr) 5:11


BassJames Jamerson Jr
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsDavid Paich
SaxDon Myrick
SaxFred Jackson
TromboneGeorge Bohannon
TromboneLouis Satterfield
TrumpetMichael Harris
TrumpetOscar Brashear
TrumpetMichael Davis
SaxWilliam Green
CongasOllie E Brown
Background VocalsMarti McCall
Background VocalsLorna Willard
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
VocalsJames Jamerson Jr
VocalsDavid Williams

Other Musicians

2 I Can Tell

GuitarAl McKay
VocalsLinda Evans

5 Did You Ever

PercussionOllie E Brown

6 All The Time You Need

SynthesizerSteve Porcaro

Liner Notes

Producer – James Jamerson Jr, David Williams
Producer (Executive) – Marc Kreiner, Tom Cossie
Arranged By – Benjamin Wright
Concertmaster (Strings) – Janice Gower
Contractor – Don Myrick
Coordinator (Production Coordination) – Sue Evans
Engineer (Recording & Mixing) – Rick Heenan
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Mixed By (Disco Consultant) – Jim Burgess (Tracks 1, 2)

Art Direction, Illustration – John Georgopoulos
Photography By (Back Cover) – Art Maruyama
Photography By (Front Cover) – Sam Vinci
Typography (Lettering) – Tom Nikosey

Recorded At – Kendun Recorders
Mixed At – Kendun Recorders
Mastered At – Allen Zentz Mastering
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Ariola America, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Ariola America, Inc.
Produced For – MK Productions