1986 Patti LaBelle – Winner In You

1986_Patti_LaBelleWinner in You is the eighth studio album by American R&B singer Patti LaBelle, released April 28, 1986, on MCA Records. Recording sessions took place during 1985–1986. Production was handled by several record producers, including Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Nickolas Ashford, among others.

The album peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, as well as producing the US number-one hit single “On My Own”. It was LaBelle’s only album to chart outside of the United States, charting in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Upon its release, Winner in You received moderate reviews from music critics. The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The first single to be released off of Winner in You was “On My Own”, featuring Michael McDonald. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the Billboard Hot R&B Songs and Adult Contemporary Songs. It also charted internationally, peaking at number two in the UK Singles Chart, number one on the Canadian Singles Chart, number one in the Dutch Singles Chart, number four in the New Zealand Singles Chart, number fifteen in the Swedish Singles Chart, and number twenty on the Austrian Singles Chart.

The second single to be released was “Oh, People”. It peaked at number twenty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It was the second single to chart internationally, peaking at thirty-one on the Dutch Singles Chart, and number thirty-six on the New Zealand Singles Chart. The third single to be released was “Kiss Away the Pain”. It was not as successful as the two prior singles, only reaching number thirteen on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The final single to be released was “Something Special (Is Gonna Happen Tonight)”, and it performed as well as “Kiss Away the Pain”, reaching number thirteen on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles.

Tracks

Oh, People (Andy Goldmark, Bruce Roberts) 5:18
On My Own (Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer-Sager) 4:50
3  Something Special (Is Gonna Happen Tonight) (Howie Rice, Alan Rich) 4:58
4  Kiss Away The Pain (Alex Brown, Ron Kersey) 4:30
5  Twisted (Roy Freeland, Bill LaBounty) 3:54
6  You’re Mine Tonight (Dorothy Sea Gazeley, Howie Rice, Alan Rich) 3:41
7  Finally We’re Back Together (Chuck Jackson, Nick Johnson) 5:49
8  Beat My Heart Like A Drum (Steve George, John Lang, Richard Page) 3:49
9  Sleep With Me Tonight (From Pipes) (Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager) 3:46
10  There’s A Winner In You (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) 4:19

Musicians

1 Oh, People

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
KeyboardsPaul Fox
PianoAndy Goldmark
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerPaul Fox
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsCarla Benson
Background VocalsBarbara Ingram
Background VocalsEvette Benton


2 On My Own

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarDann Huff
PianoBurt Bacharach
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsClydene Jackson
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsCarla Benson
Background VocalsEvette Benton
Background VocalsBarbara Ingram
VocalsMichael McDonald


3 Something Special (Is Gonna Happen Tonight)

BassLequeint Jobe
GuitarHowie Rice
KeyboardsHowie Rice
PercussionTerry Santiel
PercussionJames Gadson


4 Kiss Away The Pain

BassFred Washington
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarLeo Nocentelli
SaxGeorge Howard
Background VocalsMarva Barnes
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap


5 Twisted

Drums (programming)Bill Labounty
GuitarCharles Fearing
SynthesizerBill Labounty
SynthesizerHowie Rice
SynthesizerPaul Fox
PercussionTerry Santiel
Background VocalsCarla Benson
Background VocalsEvette Benton
Background VocalsBarbara Ingram


6 You’re Mine Tonight

Drums (programming)Howie Rice
GuitarHowie Rice
SynthesizerHowie Rice
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


7 Finally We’re Back Together

BassFred Washington
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarLeo Nocentelli
PianoNick Johnson
SynthesizerWilliam Bryant
SynthesizerNick Johnson
PercussionHarvey Mason
Background VocalsNick Johnson
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters


8 Beat My Heart Like A Drum

Drums (programming)Pat Mastelotto
GuitarMike Landau
GuitarCharles Fearing
SynthesizerSteve George
SynthesizerHowie Rice
SynthesizerPaul Fox
SynthesizerSteve Mitchell
SaxLarry Williams
SaxSam Peake
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetChuck Findley
PercussionTerry Santiel

 

9 Sleep With Me Tonight (From Pipes)

BassFred Washington
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDann Huff
PianoBurt Bacharach
SynthesizerRandy Kerber
SynthesizerDavid Foster


10 There’s A Winner In You

DrumsChris Parker
KeyboardsJoseph Joubert

Liner Notes

Producer – Richard Perry (Tracks 1, 5, 6, 8)
Producer – Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager (Track 2, 9)
Producer – Howie Rice (Tracks 3, 8)
Producer – James Budd Ellison (Tracks 3, 4, 6)
Producer – Ron Kebsey (Track 4)
Producer – Nick Johnson (Track 6)
Producer – Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson (Track 10)
Co-producer – Andy Goldmark, Bruce Roberts (Track 1)
Executive-Producer – Patti LaBelle
Coordinator (Production) – Bradford Rosenberger (Track 6)
Coordinator (Production) – Frank DeCaro (Track 9)
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Jerry Peters (Track 7)
Arranged By – Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager (Track 9)
Arranged By – Nickolas Ashford,Valerie Simpson, Joseph Joubert (Track 10)
Engineer (Additional) – Thom Panunzio (Track 1)
Engineer (Additional) – John Boghosian (Tracks 1, 6, )
Engineer (Additional) – Glen Holguin (Track 1, 6, )
Engineer (Additional) – Norman Whitfield Jr (Track 6)
Engineer (Basic Track) – John Boghosian (Track 5)
Engineer (Basic Track) – Ian Eales (Track 8)
Engineer (Assistant) – Julie Last (Tracks 1, 5, 8)
Engineer (Assistant) – Glen Holguin (Tracks 1, 5, 6, 8)
Engineer (Assistant) – Kraig Miller (Tracks 1, 5, 6, 8)
Engineer (Mixing) – Taavi Mote (Track 4)
Engineer (Mixing) – Robert Biles (Track 7)
Engineer (Recording) – Michael Brooks (Tracks 1, 5, 8)
Engineer (Recording) – Hill Brin Swimmer (Tracks 2, 4, 7)
Engineer (Recording) (Second) – Glenn Kurtz (Tracks 2, 4)
Engineer (Recording) – John Arrias (Track 6)
Engineer (Recording) – Mick Guzauski (Track 9)
Engineer (Recording) – Tim Cox (Track 10)
Engineer (Remix) – Bill Schnee (Track 1)
Engineer (Remix) – Taavi Mote (Track 2)
Engineer (Remix) – Don Smith (Tracks 5, 8)
Engineer (Remix) – Norman Whitfield Jr (Track 6)
Mixed By – Hill Swimmer, Robert Biles (Track 7)

Art Direction – Jeff Adamoff
Design – September
Illustration – Ann Field
Photography – Marc Raboy

Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Conway Studios
Recorded At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Recorded At – Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At – Baby’O Recorders
Recorded At – Westlake Audio
Recorded At – Rock Steady
Recorded At – One On One Studios
Recorded At – 39th Street Music Studio
Remixed At – Larrabee Sound Studios
Mixed At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Mixed At – Soundcastle
Mixed At – Larrabee Sound Studios
Mixed At – The Hit Factory
Manufactured By – MCA Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.