1984 Johnny Mathis – A Special Part Of Me

A Special Part of Me is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in January 1984 by Columbia Records[4] and reunited him with his “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” partner Deniece Williams on one of the LP’s two duets, “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”, which is also the only song on the album that was previously recorded and released by another artist. This continuing trend away from the cover album genre would reach its limit with his next studio release, Right from the Heart, which only had original material.

A Special Part of Me made its first appearance on Billboard magazine’s Top LP’s & Tapes chart in the issue dated March 10, 1984, and remained there for 19 weeks, peaking at number 157. It also made it to number 45 during a three-week run on the UK album chart that began on September 15 of that year.

“Love Won’t Let Me Wait” had its chart debut on Billboard magazine’s list of the 100 most popular R&B singles in the US in the issue dated February 25, 1984, where it peaked at number 32 over the course of 12 weeks. The March 24 issue marked its first appearance on the magazine’s list of the 50 most popular Adult Contemporary records in the US, where it spent 13 weeks and reached number 14. The next issue, dated March 31, saw its debut on the “Bubbling Under the Hot 100” chart, where it got as high as number 106.

Tracks

Simple (Marvin Morrow, Keith Stegall) 3:47
2  Love Won’t Let Me Wait (Vinnie Barrett, Bobby Eli) 4:16
3  The Best Is Yet To Come (Alan Roy Scott, Brian Short) 4:14
4  Lead Me To Your Love (Michel Colombier, Kathy Wakefield) 4:21
5  You’re A Special Part Of Me (Angela Bofill, Loree Gold) 4:13
6  Love Never Felt So Good (Paul Anka, Michael Jackson, Kathy Wakefield) 4:20
7  Priceless (Leon Ware) 4:05
8  One Love (Eric Kaz, Wendy Waldman) 3:58
9  Right Here Right Now (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weill) 3:27

Musicians

1 Simple

Bass Dennis Belfield
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar David Williams
Fender Rhodes Michel Colombier
Piano Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Bill Cuomo

 

2 Love Won’t Let Me Wait

Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar David Williams
Fender Rhodes Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Michel Colombier
Vocals Deniece Williams


3 The Best Is Yet To Come

Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar David Williams
Fender Rhodes Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Michel Colombier


4 Lead Me To Your Love

Bass Dennis Belfield
Drums JR Robinson
Acoustic Guitar Marty Walsh
Fender Rhodes Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Bill Cuomo
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa


5 You’re A Special Part Of Me

Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar David Williams
Fender Rhodes Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Michel Colombier
Percussion Luis Conte
Vocals Angela Bofill


6 Love Never Felt So Good

Bass Nathan East
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Marty Walsh
Guitar David Williams
Fender Rhodes Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Bill Cuomo
Percussion Luis Conte


7 Priceless

Bass Dennis Belfield
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Larry Carlton
Fender Rhodes Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Bill Cuomo
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa


8 One Love

Bass Dennis Belfield
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Marty Walsh
Fender Rhodes Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Bill Cuomo


9 Right Here Right Now

Bass Nathan East
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Marty Walsh
Guitar David Williams
Fender Rhodes Michel Colombier
Synthesizer Michel Colombier

Other Musicians

SaxLarry Williams
SaxErnie Watts
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetLarry Hall
TromboneBill Reichenbach
Background VocalsPhil Perry
Background VocalsPhillip Ingram
Background VocalsDarryl Phinnessee
Background VocalsJames Ingram
Background VocalsAngela Bofill
Background VocalsWayne Anthony
VocalsJohnny Mathis

Liner Notes

Producer – Denny Diante
Arranged by (Strings) – Michel Colombier
Engineer (Recording) – Larry Hirsch
Engineer (Mixing) – Larry Hirsch
Engineer (Additional) – Bill Jackson
Engineer (Additional) – Terry Christian
Engineer (Mastering) – Mike Reese

Cover Design -F. G. Bodner
Design Nancy Donald, Tony Lane
Photographer – David Vance

Mixed at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, California
Mastered at the Mastering Lab, Los Angeles, California