1980 Amy Holland – Amy Holland

Amy Holland is singer Amy Holland’s self-titled debut album. The album was released on LP record in 1980, and was produced by Amy’s future husband Michael McDonald. One of the songs on the album “How Do I Survive” (a song originally sung by The Paul Bliss Band) became a big hit and made it to the Top 30 chart. Amy Holland would often perform “How Do I Survive” live on music TV shows such as Music Fair (a Japanese music show) and Young Oh! Oh!. Those live performances of the song can be found on YouTube. Holland mostly recorded some song covers for this album, with one of them being Annette Hanshaw’s 1928 jazz-standard Forgetting You The success of the song How Do I Survive helped Amy earn a Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist in 1981, but she did not win the award however. Some of the songs on the album have been written by Michael McDonald such as “Here In The Light” and “Show Me the Way Home”. “How Do I Survive” was a hit peaking at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. Three years later Amy would release another studio album called On Your Every Word.

Tracks

How Do I Survive (Paul Bliss) 4:00
2  Strengthen My Love (Timothy Moore) 3:57
3  Here In The Night (Michael McDonald, Patrick Henderson) 3:56
4  Stars (Dan Fogelberg) 4:25
5  Don’t Kid Yourself (Amy Holland, Patrick Henderson) 3:48
6  I’m Wondering (Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy) 3:04
7  Looking For Love (Matthew Moore, Tom Kosta) 3:35
8  Holding On To You (Bill Martin) 3:46
9  Show Me The Way Home (Michael McDonald) 3:35
10  Forgetting You (B.G DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson) 2:33

Musicians

1 How Do I Survive

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
PianoMichael McDonald
PianoPatrick Henderson
SaxPlas Johnson
SaxTom Scott
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetOllie Mitchell
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsMichael McDonald
Background VocalsWendy Waldman
VocalsAmy Holland


2 Strengthen My Love

SynthesizerDon Boyette
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
PianoMichael McDonald
PianoPatrick Henderson
SaxCornelius Bumpus
VibraphoneChet McCracken
Background VocalsCharity McCrary
Background VocalsLinda McCrary
VocalsAmy Holland


3 Here In The Night

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
PianoMichael McDonald
PianoPatrick Henderson
SynthesizerBill Payne
StringsNick DeCaro
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsBill Martin
VocalsAmy Holland


4 Stars

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
PianoPatrick Henderson
SynthesizerBill Payne
LyriconTom Scott
StringsNick DeCaro
VibraphoneChet McCracken
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsMichael McDonald


5 Don’t Kid Yourself

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
PianoMichael McDonald
PianoPatrick Henderson
StringsNick DeCaro
HarmonicaNorton Buffalo
SaxPlas Johnson
SaxTom Scott
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetOllie Mitchell
VocalsAmy Holland


6 I’m Wondering

BassTrey Thompson
DrumsMichael Hossack
GuitarJames Petteway
PianoMichael McDonald
ClavinetMichael McDonald
HarmonicaNorton Buffalo
Background VocalsMichael McDonald
VocalsAmy Holland


7 Looking For Love

BassTrey Thompson
DrumsMichael Hossack
GuitarJames Petteway
Steel GuitarJohn McFee
Acoustic GuitarJohn McFee
PianoMichael McDonald
PianoPatrick Henderson
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsBill Martin
VocalsAmy Holland


8 Holding On To You

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
Steel GuitarJohn McFee
PianoMichael McDonald
PianoPatrick Henderson
SaxTom Scott
Background VocalsBill Martin
VocalsAmy Holland


9 Show Me The Way Home

SynthesizerDon Boyette
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
PianoMichael McDonald
PianoPatrick Henderson
SaxPlas Johnson
SaxTom Scott
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetOllie Mitchell
VocalsAmy Holland


10 Forgetting You

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
PianoMichael McDonald
PianoPatrick Henderson
AccordionBrian Mann
StringsNick DeCaro
VocalsAmy Holland

Liner Notes

Producer – Michael McDonald, Patrick Henderson
Arranged By (Horn Arrangements) – Tom Scott
Arranged By (Rhythm Arrangements) – Michael McDonald, Patrick Henderson
Arranged By (String Arrangements) – Nick DeCaro
Engineer – Bob Schaper (Tracks 1, 4. 5)
Engineer – Jeremy Smith (Tracks 2, 3, 8, 9, 20)
Engineer – Donn Landee (Tracks 6, 7)
Management (Assisted By) – Karen Handman
Mastered By – Al Schmitt
Mastered By (Assisted By) – Mike Reese
Mixed By – Al Schmitt
Mixed By (Assisted By) – Don Henderson

Art Direction – Henry Marquez, Roy Kohara
Illustration (Cover) – Joe Heiner
Photography By (Cover) – Norman Seeff
Photography By (Inside) – John Woolley

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Recorded At – Wizard Recording Studios
Recorded At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Los Angeles
Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
Record Company – Capitol Industries-EMI, Inc.