1976 Dirk Hamilton – You Can Sing On the Left or Bark On the Right

You Can Sing On The Left Or Bark On The Right is the first solo album by Dirk Hamilton, released in 1976 on ABC Records.

Singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton was born in Indiana and raised in Northern California. He picked up a guitar as a youth and was writing songs and playing live performances by the time he was in high school. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 70s and recorded four critically acclaimed albums: two while at ABC Records, and two while at Elektra/Asylum Records. A poet and musician known for his uniquely intelligent lyrics and passionate performance style, Hamilton creates music that can’t be pigeon-holed into one genre or another, so indie rock, alt-rock, roots music, americana and folk-rock are often used. For his lyrics and performance style he is most often compared to Dylan, Van Morrison, and John Hiatt. (source)


1  The Sweet Forever (Dirk Hamilton) 5:32
2  Waterfall (Dirk Hamilton) 3:18
3  Little Big-Time Man (Dirk Hamilton) 2:34
4  She Don’t Squash Bugs (Dirk Hamilton) 3:14
5  I Got to Feelin’ (Dirk Hamilton) 4:45
6  Sweet and Cold (Dirk Hamilton) 4:30
7  Wasn’t That One Night Good (Dirk Hamilton) 3:43
8  Grow a Rose (Dirk Hamilton) 3:28
9  When She Kiss Ya’ Like She Love (Ya’ Know She Do) (Dirk Hamilton) 4:43
10  Ridin’ In a Whale (Dirk Hamilton) 2:36
11  Joker to a Shaky Hand (Dirk Hamilton) 3:29
12  Pavlova Shoes (Dirk Hamilton) 10:44



BassChuck Rainey
BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarElliot Randall
GuitarLarry Carlton
GuitarLouie Shelton
Acoustic GuitarDirk Hamilton
KeyboardsDavid Paich
AccordionRon Fransen
PercussionMilt Holland
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsChris Hillman
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsTom Kelly
Background VocalsVenetta Fields

Liner Notes

Producer – Gary Katz
Engineer – Barney Perkins, Howard Gale, Roger Nichols

Art Direction – Tom Wilkes
Photography By – Fred Valentine

Recorded At – ABC Recording Studios
Recorded At – Davlen Sound Studios