1978 Jerry Corbetta – Jerry Corbetta

The selftitled album by Jerry Corbetta was his first and only solo album after leaving the Band Sugarloaf

Jerry A. Corbetta (September 23, 1947 – September 16, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, keyboardist and organist, best known as a frontman for the rock band Sugarloaf.

Corbetta began his career locally playing drums. As a teenager, he started playing keyboards and joined a few Denver-based bands. The Moonrakers was one of them, and in ’67-’68 Jerry led a locally popular five piece band “The Half Doesn’t” that drew crowds in Denver’s “3.2” beer bars like the “La Pichet” that served up 3.2% / low-alcohol beer and live music to Colorado’s 18-year-olds.

In 1968, Corbetta and guitarist Bob Webber formed the band Chocolate Hair, along with drummer Myron Pollock and bassist Bob Raymond. The band, having signing to Liberty Records, changed the name to Sugarloaf. The singles “Green-Eyed Lady” (co-written by Corbetta) and “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” hit the Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 in 1970, and No. 9 in 1974, respectively, while their eponymous debut album (1970) reached No. 24 on the Billboard 200 album charts. Both “Green-Eyed Lady” and “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” were co-written by Corbetta.

He fronted the Sugarloaf through 1978. In early 1980s, he joined Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as their singer and musical director, and remained with them through 1984. At one time, he was also a keyboardist of a gathering of 1960s and 1970s artists, the Classic Rock All-Stars.

During his career, he played organs with Velvet Chain (their Asteroid Belt album). He co-wrote “You’re Lookin’ Like Love to Me”, along with Bob Crewe, included on the 1983 Born to Love studio album of duets between Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack. Corbetta also co-wrote “Come Back to My Love”, along with Bob Gaudio, recorded by Eric Carmen, and included on his 1984 eponymous album. Most notable is the Dance Club Songs chart hit, “On Your Knees” by Grace Jones (No. 28 in 1979), written by D.C. LaRue and Corbetta.

 

Tracks

1  Sensitive Soul (Bob Crewe, Jerry Corbetta) 3:20
2  If I Never Had Your Love (Bob Crewe, Jerry Corbetta) 3:41
3  I’m a Lover, Not a Fighter (Jerry Corbetta, Sky Keegan) 4:41
4  Caribbean Lady (Jerry Corbetta, Robert Yeazel) 5:33
5  Free Man (Jerry Corbetta, Robert Yeazel) 3:30
6  I Wish That I Was Making Love (To You Tonight) (Jerry Corbetta. Molly Ann Leikin) 3:36
7  Green-Eyed Lady (David Riordan, JC Phillips, Jerry Corbetta) 5:25
8  Celebrate Our Love (Jerry Corbetta. Molly Ann Leikin) 3:24
9  Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Bob Crewe, Jerry Corbetta) 7:03

Media

Musicians

1 Sensitive Soul

BassRusty Buchanan
DrumsMyron Pollock
GuitarBob Webber
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsJerry Corbetta
SynthesizerMichael Omartian
HornJim Horn
PercussionChet McCracken
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsPhyllis Murray
Background VocalsVenetta Fields


2 If I Never Had Your Love

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarJay Graydon
PianoGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerMichael Omartian
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


3 I’m a Lover, Not a Fighter

BassRusty Buchanan
DrumsMyron Pollock
GuitarBob Webber
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsJerry Corbetta
PercussionChet McCracken
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsKathy McKee
Background VocalsLarry Wilkins
Background VocalsMarie Franklin
Background VocalsNancy Franklin
Background VocalsNetty Gloud


4 Caribbean Lady

BassRusty Buchanan
DrumsMyron Pollock
GuitarBob Webber
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsJerry Corbetta
PercussionVictor Feldman
VibraphoneVictor Feldman
Background VocalsCindy Bullens
Background VocalsJim Haas
Background VocalsJon Joyce


5 Free Man

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsJerry Corbetta
PianoGreg Mathieson
Background VocalsCindy Bullens
Background VocalsJim Haas
Background VocalsJon Joyce


6 I Wish That I Was Making Love (To You Tonight)

BassRusty Buchanan
DrumsMyron Pollock
Guitar (solo)Jay Graydon
GuitarBob Webber
KeyboardsJerry Corbetta
SynthesizerMichael Omartian
PercussionChet McCracken
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsCindy Bullens
Background VocalsJim Haas


7 Green-Eyed Lady

BassRusty Buchanan
DrumsMyron Pollock
Guitar (solo)Bob Webber
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsJerry Corbetta


8 Celebrate Our Love

BassRusty Buchanan
DrumsMyron Pollock
GuitarBob Webber
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsJerry Corbetta
PercussionChet McCracken
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsCindy Bullens
Background VocalsJon Joyce


9 Between a Rock and a Hard Place

BassRusty Buchanan
DrumsMyron Pollock
GuitarBob Webber
KeyboardsJerry Corbetta
SynthesizerMichael Omartian
FluteErnie Watts
TrumpetChuck Findley
PercussionVictor Feldman

Other Musicians

SaxFred Selden
SaxErnie Watts
TromboneDana Hughes
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetChuck Findley

Liner Notes

Producer – Steve Barri
Co-producer – Jerry Corbetta (Tracks 1, 3)
Arranged By (Strings & Horns) – Jay Graydon
Concertmaster – Sidney Sharp
Coordinator – Karen White
Engineer – Roger Nichols
Engineer (Assistant) – Barbara Issak, Lenise Bent, Nick Van Maarth
Mastered By – Arnie Acosta

Art Direction – Joel Brandes
Artwork – John Cabalka
Design – Eric Monson
Liner Notes – Toshiki Nakada
Photography By – Claude Mougin

Record Company – Warner Music Japan
Recorded At – The Village Recorder
Recorded At – Apple Wood Studios
Mixed At – The Village Recorder
Mastered At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Distributed By – Warner Bros. Records
Manufactured By – Warner Bros. Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.