1982 Stevie Woods – Take Me To Your Heaven

Joseph Stephen “Stevie” Woods, Jr. (July 2, 1951 – January 28, 2014) was an American R&B musician and recording artist.

Born in Chatham, Virginia to Rusty Bryant, Woods saw brief stateside success as a singer in the early 1980s, scoring two Top 40 hits in the United States: “Steal the Night” and “Just Can’t Win ‘Em All.” In the 1970s and 1980s Stevie was married to Hollywood actress/entrepreneur Cheri (Lewis) Woods. In 1985 they had a daughter, Tiana Woods, now an L.A. based singer/songwriter and front woman for the band “Varna.” Cheri later chronicled their life together in her book “Death Row Madam: Exposing sex and drugs in the entertainment industry.” After his brief U.S. fame fizzled, Woods relocated to Germany, where he successfully relaunched his career with such projects as the single “Rock Me Baby” and a starring role in the hit musical Starlight Express. In 2010, all three of Woods’ early-1980s albums were reissued on CD by Wounded Bird Records. The following year, the singer released an album entitled Quiet Storm.

According to Cheri Woods’ 2001 memoir Death Row Madam, Stevie Woods was a cousin of American actor Philip Michael Thomas. He was also a former Marine and a graduate of Austin Community College.

Woods died in Berlin, Germany of diabetes-related complications on January 28, 2014.

Tracks

Fly Away (Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster, Peter Allen) 4:01
Just Can’t Win ‘Em All (Bill Bowersock, Greg Mathieson, Matt Vernon, Trevor Veitch) 4:09
3  Take Me To Your Heaven (Kelly Wilson, Steve Wilson) 4:01
Steal The Night (Bill Bowersock, Matt Vernon, Trevor Veitch) 3:42
5  Through The Years (Marty Panzer, Steve Dorff) 4:25
6  Wanna Be Close To You (Angela Winbush, René Moore) 4:38
7  Road Between The Lines (Bill Bowersock, Greg Mathieson, Matt Vernon, Trevor Veitch) 3:52
8  Throw A Little Bit Of Love My Way (David Foster, Harry Garfield, Jay Graydon) 4:26
9  Gotcha (David Shields, Fritz Baskett, Michael Thompson) 5:00

Musicians

Bass David Shields
Bass Ed Watkins
Bass Les Hurdle
Bass Nathan East
Drums Ed Greene
Drums James Gadson
Drums Keith Forsey
Drums Leon Chancler
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Charles Fearing
Guitar Paul Jackson
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Stevie Woods
Guitar Tim May
Guitar Trevor Veitch
Keyboards Clarence McDonald
Keyboards Greg Mathieson
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Trumpet Chuck Findley
Trumpet Gary Grant
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Trumpet Larry Hall
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trombone Charlie Loper
Trombone Randy Alcroft
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Carmen Grillo
Background Vocals James Haas
Background Vocals Jon Joyce
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Luther Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters
Background Vocals Oren Waters
Background Vocals Marti McCall
Background Vocals Paulette McWilliams
Background Vocals Sally Stevens
Background Vocals Stephanie Spruill
Background Vocals Tom Kelly

Other Musicians

Cello – Armand Kaproff, Douglas Davis, Paula Hochhalter, Ron Leonard
Harp – Verlye Mills
Harmonica – Les Thompson
Viola – David Schwartz, Denyse Buffum, Gary Combe
Violin – Bonnie Douglas, Donald Palmer, Erno Neufeld, Israel Baker, Jack Shulman, Mari Botnick, Marshall Sosson, Nathan Ross, Paul Shure, Sheldon Sanov, Stanley Plummer

Liner Notes

Producer – Jack White
Arranged By – Gene Page (Tracks A5, 8), Greg Mathieson (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9)
Arranged By (Horns & Strings) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 1)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 6)
Concertmaster – Sidney Sharp
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone (Tracks 4, 8)
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Mixed By – Jürgen Koppers

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Cotillion Records
Copyright (c) – Cotillion Records
Manufactured By – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Recorded At – Rusk Sound Studios
Mastered At – Allen Zentz Mastering
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation