1976 Donny Gerrard – Donny Gerrard

gerrard-donny-1976Donny Gerrard started his career as the lead singer of the Vancouver-based pop group Skylark, who recorded two albums and had a Top Ten hit with “Wildflower” in 1973 (they also launched the career of pop producer extraordinaire David Foster). After the group broke up, Gerrard embarked on a solo career, issuing his debut single “(Baby) Don’t Let It Mess Your Mind” on Elton John’s Rocket label in 1975. He subsequently signed with the Los Angeles-based Greedy label, where he issued his self-titled debut album in 1976. A mix of sweet, romantic ballads, disco, and jazzy flourishes, the album spawned several singles, including the 12″ “Greedy (For Your Love)” (now a collector’s item), “Stay Awhile With Me,” “He’s Always Somewhere Around,” and “Words.” After one further single in 1977, Gerrard made a steady living as a backing vocalist for recording sessions and tours; in this capacity, he worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, including Elton John, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen, Aaron Neville, Neil Diamond, Bob Seger, Donna Summer, Cher, Dolly Parton, Bobby Womack, and a solo John Fogerty, among many others. He also went on to appear on the soundtracks of The Rose and St. Elmo’s Fire, and sang television advertising jingles for extra income. A recording of Barbara Lewis’ “Baby I’m Yours” for a ’90s car commercial led to a deal with WEA subsidiary Lightyear for a brand-new album; released in 1999, The Romantic found Gerrard working in smooth pop territory, à la Nat King Cole or Johnny Mathis. (Source)

Tracks

1  He’s Always Somewhere Around (Tom Brock) 3:10
2  Stay Awhile With Me (Joe Cobb, Van McCoy) 4:31
Words (Are Impossible) (Bobby Hart, Danny Janssen, Enrico Riccardi, Luigi Albertilli) 3:13
4  Stand Up (And Show Your Love) (Henry Grumpo Marx, John Finley) 3:16
5  The Long And Winding Road (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 3:09
6  Greedy For Your Love (Henry Grumpo Marx, Robbie Buchanan) 3:21
7  Peace For Us All (Bobby Caldwell, Jimmy George) 2:48
8  You Must Believe Me (Curtis Mayfield) 3:14
9  As Far As We Can Go (Jim Grady) 3:54

Musicians

BassWilton Felder
DrumsMike Baird
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
TrumpetSteve Madaio
Background VocalsKathy Collier
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie

Liner Notes

Producer – Henry Grumpo Marx, Robbie Buchanan
Arranged By – Robbie Buchanan
Arranged By (Strings & Horns) – Robbie Buchanan (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9)
Arranged By (Strings & Horns) – Jimmie Haskell And His Orchestra (Tracks 3, 4, 8)
Conductor – Robbie Buchanan (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9)
Conductor – Jimmie Haskella (Tracks 3, 4, 8)
Engineer – Eirik Wangberg, Tommy Vicari (Track 3)

Art Direction – Michelle Marx
Photography By – Gary Heery