1982 O’Bryan – Doin’ Alright

Doin’ Alright is the debut studio album by R&B singer O’Bryan.

“Doin’ Alright,” was released in April 1982 and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart. The lead single, “The Gigolo,” was a slice of funk with new wave and rock elements that emphasized O’Bryan’s falsetto. Released in January, “The Gigolo” peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard R&B Singles charts.

The follow-up single was an updated cover of The Four Tops’ “Still Water (Love),” peaking at No. 23. Among the other standouts on O’Bryan’s debut include the mid-tempo title track; the elegant ballad “Love Has Found Its Way;” and the sentimental “Can’t Live Without Your Love.”

Tracks

1  Right From The Start (Don Cornelius; Melvin Davis; O’Bryan Burnette II) 04:24
2  Love Has Found It’s Way (Don Cornelius; Melvin Davis; O’Bryan Burnette II) 04:35
3  The Gigolo (Don Cornelius; O’Bryan Burnette II) 04:58
4  It’s Over (Don Cornelius; Ron Kersey; Stephanie Andrews) 05:10
5  Doin’ Alright (Don Cornelius; Melvin Davis; O’Bryan Burnette II) 05:09
6  Can’t Live Without Your Love (Don Cornelius; Melvin Davis; O’Bryan Burnette II) 05:44
7  Mother Nature’s Callin’ (Don Cornelius; Melvin Davis; O’Bryan Burnette II) 03:26
8  Still Water (Love) (Frank Wilson; Smokey Robinson) 04:03

Media

Musicians

1 Right From The Start

BassMelvin Davis
DrumsMelvin Webb
GuitarJohn McGhee
KeyboardsRon Kersey
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsO’Bryan Burnette II


2 Love Has Found It’s Way

BassMelvin Davis
DrumsMelvin Webb
GuitarJohn McGhee
KeyboardsRon Kersey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsO’Bryan Burnette II


3 The Gigolo

Bass (synthesizer)Jack Perry
DrumsMelvin Webb
GuitarJohn McGhee
ClavinetO’Bryan Burnette II
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsDon Cornelius
VocalsO’Bryan Burnette II


4 It’s Over

BassDavid Shields
DrumsMelvin Webb
GuitarJohn McGhee
Electric PianoRon Kersey
SynthesizerRon Kersey
SaxWilton Felder
Background VocalsJeffrey Osborne
Background VocalsSam Dees
VocalsO’Bryan Burnette II


5 Doin’ Alright

BassMelvin Davis
DrumsMelvin Webb
GuitarJohn McGhee
Electric PianoRon Kersey
PercussionBarry Rudolph
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsO’Bryan Burnette II


6 Can’t Live Without Your Love

BassMelvin Davis
DrumsRaymond Calhoun
GuitarJohn McGhee
Electric PianoRon Kersey
PianoGreg Phillinganes
Background VocalsThe Waters
VocalsO’Bryan Burnette II


7 Mother Nature’s Callin’

DrumsMelvin Webb
GuitarJohn McGhee
Electric PianoMelvin Davis
PianoO’Bryan Burnette II
SynthesizerO’Bryan Burnette II
SaxTerry Harrington
Background VocalsMelvin Davis
Background VocalsRon Kersey
VocalsO’Bryan Burnette II


8 Still Water (Love)

BassMelvin Davis
DrumsMelvin Webb
GuitarJohn McGhee
Electric PianoRon Kersey
SynthesizerRon Kersey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsJeffrey Osborne
Background VocalsRon Kersey
Background VocalsSam Dees
Background VocalsThe Waters
VocalsO’Bryan Burnette II

Other Musicians

SaxWilliam Green
SaxTerry Harrington
TromboneBob Payne
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetLarry Hall

Liner Notes

Producer – O’Bryan Burnette II (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5)
Producer – Melvin Davis (Tracks 1, 2, 5)
Producer – Don Cornelius (Tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 8)
Producer – Ron Kersey (Tracks 4, 8)
Producer (Executive) – Don Cornelius
Arranged By (Strings, Horns) – Bruce Miller
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Melvin Davis (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – O’Bryan Burnette II (Track 3)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Ron Kersey (Tracks 4, 8)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Don Cornelius (Tracks 6, 7, 8)
Arranged By (Strings) – Ron Kersey (Track 8)
Concertmaster – Donald Palmer
Copyist – George Annis, Orion Crawford
Engineer (Recording, Mixing) – Barry Rudolph
Mastered By – Wally Traugott

Art Direction – Roy Kohara
Design (Album) – Henry Marquez
Photography By – Raul Vega

Recorded At Larrabee Sound, Los Angeles, CA.
Mastered At Capitol Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Distributed & Manufactured By Pathé Marconi EMI