1969 The Friends Of Distinction – Grazin’

Grazin’ is the debut studio album by R&B group The Friends of Distinction, released in 1969 on the RCA Victor label.

The album peaked at No. 10 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached No. 35 on the Billboard 200. The album features the single, “Grazing in the Grass”, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. A second single, “Going in Circles” also charted at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.


Grazing In The Grass (Harry Elston; Philemon Hou) 02:54
2  I’ve Never Found A Girl (To love Me Like You Do) (Alvertis Isbell; Booker T Jones; Eddie Floyd) 03:30
3  I Really Hope You Do (Anita Poree; Jerry Peters) 03:55
4  (A) Sweet Young Thing Like You (Dee Ervin) 03:03
Going In Circles (Greg Poree; Jerry Peters) 04:15
6  Eli’s Comin (Laura Nyro) 04:15
7  Help Yourself (To All Of My Lovin’) (Jerry Ross; Mark Barkan; Scott English) 02:05
8  Baby I Could Be So Good At Loving You (Buzz Clifford) 03:05
9  And I Love Him (John Lennon; Paul McCartney) 04:12
10  Peaceful (Kenny Rankin) 03:27
11  Lonesome Mood (Roy Porter) 04:41


BassMax Bennett
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarAl Casey
GuitarArthur Wright
ClarinetPlas Johnson
ClarinetBrad Bauder
FlugelhornWilliam Peterson
FlugelhornBuddy Childers
FlugelhornDalton Smith
FlugelhornJohn Audino
FlutePlas Johnson
FluteGene Cipriano
FluteWilliam Green
FluteJim Horn
French HornDavid Duke
HornGene Cipriano
OboeGene Cipriano
PiccoloGene Cipriano
PiccoloWilliam Green
SaxJim Horn
SaxBrad Bauder
TromboneRichard Leith
TrumpetBud Brisbois
TrumpetWilliam Peterson
TrumpetBuddy Childers
TrumpetDalton Smith
TrumpetJohn Audino
CongasKing Errisson
PercussionJim Gordon
PercussionGary Coleman
PercussionJack Arnold
VocalsBarbara Love
VocalsFloyd Butler
VocalsHarry Elston
VocalsJessica Cleaves


Cello – Douglas Davis
Harp – Catherine Gotthoffer
Viola – Gareth Nuttycombe
Violin – Harry Bluestone, James Getzoff, Paul Shure

Liner Notes

Producer – John Florez
Arranged By – Ray Cork Jr
Arranged By (Vocals) – Clarence McDonald
Conductor – Ray Cork Jr
Engineer (Recording) – Hank McGill
Engineer (Remastering) – Grover Helsley, Hank McGill
Technician – Dennis Smith

Design – Apple Graphics

Recorded At RCA’s Music Center Of The World
Record Company Radio Corporation Of America
Copyright (c) RCA Records
Pressed By RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis