1982 Dionne Warwick – Friends In Love

Friends in Love, Dionne Warwick’s third studio album for the Arista label, was released in 1982. It was recorded during the winter of 1981-82 and was released that spring. The LP was originally issued as number AL 9585 in the Arista Catalog. The disc stalled at a disappointing #87 on the Billboard album chart, selling approximately 200,000 US copies.

Songs on the album include the title track, a duet with singer Johnny Mathis, which made the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #38, in addition to charting on the Billboard R&B and adult contemporary charts at #22 and #5, respectively. A follow-up single, “For You”, peaked at #14 on the adult contemporary chart. This album also contains the Cynthia Weil / Barry Mann song “Never Gonna Let You Go”, which would become a hit the following year for Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes.

Tracks

1  For You (Jay Graydon, John Bettis, Richard Page) 5:01
2  Friends In Love (Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon) 4:05
3  Never Gonna Let You Go (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) 4:49
4  Can’t Hide Love (Skip Scarborough) 4:52
5  Betcha By Golly Wow (Linda Creed, Thom Bell) 3:30
6  More Than Fascination (Tom Snow) 4:05
7  Got You Where I Want You (Candy Parton, Jim Andron) 3:42
8  With A Touch (Stevie Wonder) 4:59
9  What Is This (Jay Graydon, Mira Waters) 4:01
10  A Love So Right (Gloria Sklerov, Harry Lloyd) 3:57

Media

Musicians

1 For you

Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar Jay Graydon
Fender Rhodes Ronnie Foster
Fender Rhodes Steve Porcaro
Synclavier Jay Graydon
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Steve George


2 Friends In Love

Bass Mike Porcaro
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Jay Graydon
Piano David Foster
Percussion Victor Feldman
Vocals Johnny Mathis
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Netty Gloud


3 Never Gonna Let You Go

Bass Mike Porcaro
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Jay Graydon
Acoustic Guitar Dean Parks
Fender Rhodes Robbie Buchanan
Piano Robbie Buchanan
Horn Jerry Hey
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Netty Gloud


4 Can’t Hide Love

Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums Steve Gadd
Guitar Jay Graydon
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano Michael Omartian
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Netty Gloud


5 Betcha By Golly Wow

Bass Mike Porcaro
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Marty Walsh
Acoustic Guitar Larry Carlton
Fender Rhodes Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Netty Gloud


6 More Than Fascination

Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Jay Graydon
Piano Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Jay Graydon
Synthesizer Steve George
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Carmen Twillie
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Netty Gloud

 

7 Got You Where I Want You

Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Jay Graydon
Fender Rhodes David Foster
Piano David Foster
Synthesizer David Foster
Synthesizer Jay Graydon
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Horn Jerry Hey
Vocals Johnny Mathis
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Netty Gloud


8 With A Touch

Bass Mike Porcaro
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Jay Graydon
Fender Rhodes Steve George
Piano Stevie Wonder
Synthesizer Steve George
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer Michael Omartian
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Netty Gloud


9 What Is This

Bass Mike Porcaro
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Mike Landau
Piano Michael Omartian
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Netty Gloud


10 A Love So Right

Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Jay Graydon
Piano David Foster
Percussion Victor Feldman
Synthesizer Michael Omartian

Liner Notes

Producer – Jay Graydon
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Jay Graydon
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey
Arranged By (Strings) – Michael Omartian (Tracks 1, 9, 10)
Arranged By (Strings) – David Foster (Tracks 2, 4)
Arranged By (Strings) – Jeremy Lubbock (Tracks 2, 3, 4)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Robbie Buchanan
Concertmaster (String) – Assa Drori
Engineer (Capitol Records Studio A) – Al Schmitt
Engineer (Garden Rake Studios) – Ian Eales, Jay Graydon

Photography By (Inner Sleeve) – John Pinderhughes

Recorded At – Garden Rake Studios
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Mixed At – Garden Rake Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.