1982 Leslie Pearl – Words & Music

Words & Music is Leslie Pearl’s second studio album, released in 1982

Leslie Pearl is an American pop singer-songwriter born in Pennsylvania. She wrote hits for Crystal Gayle, Karen Carpenter, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Mathis, and Dr. Hook, among others. She recorded two albums, the first, “Pearl” with singer (sister) Deborah Pearl on London Records, scoring a chart hit on her second with the RCA Records single, “If the Love Fits Wear It”. The song peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1982. She also wrote and sang jingles for Pepsi, Folgers Coffee, Ford, Gillette and others. Composed in 1984 Pearl’s Folger Coffee jingle been transformed into country, gospel, jazz, R & B, folk, Celtic, and a cappella versions and Folgers runs an annual contest to find the best new interpretation.


1  Let’s Go To Bed Early And Stay Up All Night (Leslie Pearl) 3:41
2  If The Love Fits Wear It (Leslie Pearl, Phil Redrow) 3:48
3  You Never Gave Up On Me (Leslie Pearl) 3:03
4  Look Before You Love (Leslie Pearl) 3:30
5  Love Makes Better Lovers (Leslie Pearl) 3:35
6  The Ones Who Turn Me On (Leslie Pearl) 3:46
7  You Can Do Better Than That (Leslie Pearl) 3:09
8  There Is Nothing So Expensive As A Woman Who’s Free For The Night (Leslie Pearl) 3:42
9  Anything But Yes Is Still A No (Leslie Pearl) 3:19
10  You’re The First Thing I Want But The Last Thing I Need (Leslie Pearl, Phil Redrow) 3:18



BassDavid Hungate
BassWill Lee
DrumsMike Baird
DrumsChris Parker
GuitarJohn Tropea
GuitarAndrew Gold
GuitarNick Brown
PercussionVictor Feldman
PercussionJim Maelen
Background VocalsDebbie Pearl
Background VocalsArmelle Saunders
Background VocalsHelen Milnes
Background VocalsEdie Lehmann
Background VocalsKathy Ingraham
Background VocalsChristine Faith
VocalsLeslie Smith

Other Musicians

9 Anything But Yes Is Still A No

BassChico Rindner
DrumsScott Scheer
GuitarGeorge Wadenius
SynthesizerRobert Londrum

Liner Notes

Producer – Leslie Pearl
Arranged By – Leslie Pearl
Arranged By – Ken Ascher (Tracks 1, 6)
Engineer (Assistant) – Steve Marcantonio
Arranged By – Leon Pendarvis (Tracks 2, 3, 5), Lew Del Gatto (Tracks 4, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Horns – Leon Pendarvis (Tracks 2, 3, 5), Lew Del Gatto (Tracks 4, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Strings – Leon Pendarvis (Tracks 2, 3, 5), Lew Del Gatto (Tracks 4, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Strings – Ken Ascher (Tracks 1, 6)
Mastered By – Joe Brescio
Mixed By – Jay Messina

Art Direction – Joe Stelmach
Photography By – Nick Sangiamo

Produced For – Triumph Productions
Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records
Copyright (c) – RCA Records
Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
Published By – Michael O’Connor Music
Published By – O’Connor Songs
Recorded At – Power Station
Recorded At – Aura Recording Studios, New York City
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Mixed At – Power Station
Mastered At – Master Cutting Room