1977 Norman Connors – This Is Your Life

This Is Your Life is an album by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania jazz drummer Norman Connors and the Starship Orchestra featuring Eleanor Mills. The album charted at number fifteen on the jazz albums chart.

Norman Connors (born March 1, 1947) is an American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and producer who has led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He also achieved several big R&B hits of the day, especially with love ballads. He is possibly best known for the 1976 hit, “You Are My Starship” on which lead vocals were sung by Michael Henderson.


1  Stella (Paul Smith) 3:17
2  This Is Your Life (Jimmy Webb) 4:12
3  Wouldn\’t You Like To See (Ben Adkins; Joe Scott) 3:42
4  Listen (Paul Smith) 3:52
5  Say You Love Me (Hakeam Wahoad) 4:34
6  Captain Connors (Norman Connors) 3:17
7  You Make Me Feel Brand New (Thom Bell; Linda Creed) 5:46
8  Butterfly (Herbie Hancock) 4:59
9  The Creator (Eleanore Mills; Pharoah Sanders) 7:58



BassEd Watkins
DrumsJames Gadson
DrumsNorman Connors
GuitarCharles Fearing
GuitarDavid T Walker
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarLee Ritenour
GuitarWah Wah Watson
KeyboardsBilly McCoy
KeyboardsBobby Lyle
KeyboardsJacques Burvick
KeyboardsRichard Cummings
KeyboardsRichard Tee
KeyboardsRonald Coleman
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
HornJim Atkinson
HornSidney Muldrow
SaxRalph Jones
SaxPharoah Sanders
TromboneBenny Powell
TromboneGarnett Brown
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TromboneGeorge Thatcher
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetCharles Moore
TrumpetNolan Smith
TrumpetOscar Brashear
TrumpetRaymond Lee Brown
TrumpetShunzo Ohno
WoodwindsDavid Majal Li
WoodwindsEarl Dumler
WoodwindsErnie Watts
WoodwindsFred Jackson
WoodwindsTerry Harrington
WoodwindsWilliam Green
MarimbaElmira Collins
VibraphoneElmira Collins
PercussionNorman Connors
PercussionKenneth Nash
PercussionPetro Bass
Background VocalsJean Carn
VocalsNorman Connors
VocalsEleanore Mills

Other Musicians

1 Stella

Guitar (solo)Lee Ritenour
VocalsJames Robinson
VocalsJean Carn

2 This Is Your Life

VocalsEleanore Mills

3 Wouldn\’t You Like To See

BassBen Adkins

4 Listen

VocalsJames Robinson

5 Say You Love Me

PercussionEddie Brown

6 Captain Connors

PianoBobby Lyle
SynthesizerBilly McCoy

9 The Creator

PianoBobby Lyle
SaxPharoah Sanders

Liner Notes

Producer – Norman Connors
Arranged By – McKinley Jackson
Arranged By, Conductor – Dwight Brewster, Wah Wah Watson, Norman Connors (Track 6)
Arranged By, Conductor – Jacques Burvick (Track 8)
Arranged By, Conductor – Norman Connors (Track 9)
Concertmaster (Strings) – Harry Bluestone
Directed By – Norman Connors
Conductor – McKinley Jackson
Engineer (Assistant) – Bob Bullock, Bob Moore, Jackson Schwartz, Jim Sintetos, Stillman Kelly
Engineer (Recording And Mixing) – Rick Heenan
Mastered By – John Golden
Orchestrated By – McKinley Jackson

Art Direction – Donn Davenport
Design (Additional Design) – Davis & Canzani
Photography By – Ron Harris
Photography By (Inside Sleeve) – Mel Dixon

Phonographic Copyright (p) – R.A. Inbows Ltd.
Copyright (c) – R.A. Inbows Ltd.
Marketed By – Arista Records, Inc.
Distributed By – Arista Records, Inc.
Produced For – Norman Connors Productions Inc.
Recorded At – Kendun Recorders
Mastered At – Kendun Recorders