1979 Brooklyn Dreams – Sleepless Nights

Sleepless Nights is the second album by Brooklyn Dreams, released in 1979.

The Brooklyn Dreamswas a successful singing group of the late 1970s and early 1980s mixing R&B harmonies with contemporary dance/disco music and best known for a number of collaborations with singer Donna Summer. The band consisted of Joe “Bean” Esposito, Eddie Hokenson and Bruce Sudano. Esposito provided lead vocals for the band and played guitar, while Sudano played keyboards and Hokenson played drums and occasionally sang lead vocals.

Their sophomore effort Sleepless Nights (1979) was a greater commercial success for the group as it featured their musical collaboration with their label mate Summer. The group toured as opening act for Summer and found itself hosting The Midnight Special and performing on the popular talk shows The Mike Douglas Show and The Merv Griffin Show, as well as Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, Solid Gold and “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”. That year, the band co-wrote “Bad Girls” with Summer, and the single topped the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Black Singles and Hot Disco charts. Their own “Make It Last”, however, did not improve on earlier chartings.


Make It Last (Bruce Sudano, Joe Esposito) 3:22
2  That\’s Not The Way That Your Mama Taught You To Be (Bruce Sudano, Joe Esposito, Eddie Hokenson) 4:56
3  Sleepless Night / Send Me A Dream (Bruce Sudano, Joe Esposito) 5:41
4  Fashion For Me (Bruce Sudano, Denise Duncan) 3:01
5  First Love (Bruce Sudano, Joe Esposito, Eddie Hokenson) 3:31
6  Street Man (Bruce Sudano, Joe Esposito, Eddie Hokenson) 5:27
7  Touching In The Dark (Bruce Sudano, Joe Esposito) 4:37
8  Long Distance (Bruce Sudano, Joe Esposito) 3:10
9  Coming Up The Hard Way (Bruce Sudano, Joe Esposito, Eddie Hokenson, Assunta) 5:19
10  Heaven Knows (Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 3:49


BassDavid Hungate
BassChuck Rainey
BassScott Edwards
DrumsEd Greene
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarSnuffy Walden
GuitarThom Rotella
Acoustic GuitarBruce Sudano
Acoustic GuitarJoe Esposito
Acoustic GuitarThom Rotella
ClavinetJai Winding
PianoJai Winding
PianoBob Esty
SynthesizerBob Esty

Other Musicians

1 Make It Last

GuitarLee Ritenour

2 That\’s Not The Way That Your Mama Taught You To Be

SaxJerry Jumonville

3 Sleepless Night / Send Me A Dream

Guitar (solo)Snuffy Walden
Guitar (solo)Jerry Doucette
HarpGail LeVant

5 First Love

Guitar (solo)Snuffy Walden
SaxMichael Brecker
SaxLew Del Gatto
TromboneBarry Rogers
TrumpetLew Soloff

8 Long Distance

GuitarLee Ritenour

9 Coming Up The Hard Way

SaxDavid Luell
SaxGary Herbig
SaxJon Kip
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetSteve Madaio
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBrenda Russell
Background VocalsCarlene Williams
Background VocalsDanny Peck
Background VocalsJudy Jones
Background VocalsLori Lieberman
Background VocalsMarc Figueroa
Background VocalsMary Ellen Gaines
Background VocalsMichele Aller
Background VocalsPattie Brooks
Background VocalsPaul Jabara
Background VocalsYolande Howard
Background VocalsDC LaRue

10 Heaven Knows

VocalsDonna Summer



Liner Notes

Producer – Bob Esty
Arranged By – Bob Esty
Conductor – Bob Esty
Engineer – Bob Stone
Engineer (Assistant Engineer) – J Arvid Bergman
Mixed By (Assistant Mix Engineer) – Stephen Marcussen
Mixed By (Mix Engineer) – Larry Emerine
Programmed By (Synthesizer Programming), Electronics (Special Electronic Effects) – Dan Wyman
Strings – Sidney Sharp

Manufactured By – Casablanca Record And Filmworks, Inc.
Distributed By – Casablanca Record And Filmworks, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Casablanca Record And Filmworks, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Casablanca Record And Filmworks, Inc.
Recorded At – Larrabee Sound Studios
Recorded At – The Hit Factory
Mixed At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Mastered At – Allen Zentz Recording