1977 Sanford Townsend Band – Duoglide

The Sanford Townsend Band was a successful rock and roll band in the United States. They scored a hit single in 1977 with “Smoke from a Distant Fire”.

The Sanford-Townsend Band featured Alabama keyboardists Ed Sanford (from Montgomery, AL) and Johnny Townsend (from Tuscaloosa, AL), who previously worked together in a Tuscaloosa-based band called “Heart”, not to be confused with the band of the same name fronted by Ann & Nancy Wilson from Seattle/Vancouver. After reuniting in Los Angeles, Sanford and Townsend signed a publishing deal with Chappell Music and began writing songs, most notably “Peacemaker” for Loggins and Messina, which was co-written by the duo with Kenny Loggins. Their 1976 self-titled album started getting attention when “Smoke from a Distant Fire” reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 in Cash Box, recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama. The album was retitled with the name of the hit song and re-released. The band supported the song by opening for Fleetwood Mac on their ‘Rumours’ Tour, as well as concerts with the Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels, Jimmy Buffett, Foreigner, Heart and others. The band’s follow-up albums, entitled Duo-Glide and Nail Me to the Wall, were significantly less successful. Sanford and Townsend returned to their careers as session musicians and songwriters. Ed Sanford co-wrote “I Keep Forgettin'” with Michael McDonald, which appeared on McDonald’s debut solo album in 1982.
In 2008, John Townsend formed the Toler/Townsend Band with Dan Toler. Townsend’s tenor voice remains substantially unchanged from thirty years prior.

Tracks

1  Paradise (Ed Sanford, John Townsend) 3:22
2  Aint It So, Love (Ed Sanford, John Townsend) 3:21
3  Cryin’ Like A Child (Ed Sanford, John Townsend) 5:09
4  Livin’s Easy (Ed Sanford, John Townsend) 3:19
5  Starbrite (Ed Sanford, John Townsend) 3:55
6  Voodoo (Ed Sanford, John Townsend) 3:51
7  Mississippi Sunshine (Ed Sanford, John Townsend) 3:36
8  Eights And Aces (Ed Sanford, John Townsend) 4:31
9  Sometimes When The Wind Blows (Ed Sanford, John Townsend) 4:17
10  Eye Of My Storm (Oh Woman) (Ed Sanford, John Townsend) 3:25

Media

Musicians

1 Paradise

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarFred Tackett
GuitarOtis Hale
OrganEd Sanford
PianoBill Payne
SaxOtis Hale
PercussionMilt Holland
PercussionJeffrey Porcaro


2 Aint It So, Love

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarOtis Hale
OrganEd Sanford
PianoMike Utley
SynthesizerEd Sanford
SaxOtis Hale


3 Cryin’ Like A Child

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarPaul Barrere
GuitarOtis Hale
ClavinetBill Payne
Fender RhodesBill Payne
OrganEd Sanford
PianoEd Sanford
SynthesizerEd Sanford
PercussionMilt Holland


4 Livin’s Easy

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Cropper
GuitarOtis Hale
Fender RhodesDavid Paich
PercussionMilt Holland
Background VocalsRichard Torrance


5 Starbrite

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarOtis Hale
Fender RhodesMike Utley
OrganEd Sanford
PercussionMilt Holland


6 Voodoo

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarOtis Hale
Fender RhodesMike Utley
OrganEd Sanford
PercussionMilt Holland


7 Mississippi Sunshine

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarOtis Hale
OrganEd Sanford
PianoMike Utley
Background VocalsHerb Pedersen


8 Eights And Aces

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarFred Tackett
GuitarOtis Hale
ClavinetBill Payne
Fender RhodesBill Payne
PianoEd Sanford
OrganEd Sanford
SynthesizerEd Sanford
PercussionMilt Holland


9 Sometimes When The Wind Blows

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarFred Tackett
OrganEd Sanford
PianoBill Payne


10 Eye Of My Storm (Oh Woman)

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarFred Tackett
GuitarOtis Hale
ClavinetEd Sanford
PianoBill Payne
OrganEd Sanford
PercussionSam Clayton

Liner Notes

Producer, – John Haeny
Engineer – John Haeny
Engineer (Assistant) – Paul Black
Mastered By – Ken Perry

Art Direction – John Cabalka
Design – Gribbitt!
Design (Logo) – Brad Kanawyer
Photography By – Ron Slenzak

Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Winchester
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Mixed At – Hollywood Sound Recorders
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering