1974 Melvin Van Peebles – As Serious As A Heart-Attack

As Serious As A Heart-Attack is a 1971 spoken word album by Melvin Van Peebles. This is Van Peebles third studio record. The album’s cover can be briefly glimpsed on the bathroom door in the 1973 film version of Van Peebles’ musical Don’t Play Us Cheap.

Melvin Van Peebles (born August 21, 1932) is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer.

He is most famous for creating (and starring in) the acclaimed film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, which heralded a new era of black-focused films. He is the father of actor and director Mario Van Peebles.


1  Rufus And Ruby (Melvin Van Peebles) 07:58
2  Mother’s Prayer (Melvin Van Peebles) 04:03
3  The Country Brother And The City Sister (Melvin Van Peebles) 06:16
4  Chippin (Melvin Van Peebles) 02:55
5  Just Don’t Make No Sense (Melvin Van Peebles) 04:47
6  Dear Mistuh P (Melvin Van Peebles) 02:43
7  Love That America (Melvin Van Peebles) 04:23
8  I Remember (Melvin Van Peebles) 04:53
9  My Pal Johnny (Melvin Van Peebles) 04:09


DrumsJohn Boudreaux
KeyboardsDoug Carn
HornsAl Hall
HornsTom Scott
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsJessica Smith
Background VocalsRhetta Hughes
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
VocalsMelvin Van Peebles

Other Musicians

2  Mother’s Prayer

VocalsRhetta Hughes

Liner Notes

Producer – Melvin Van Peebles
Engineer – Robert Appere
Mixed By – Robert Appere, Dick Burns
Strings – William Henderson

Artwork – Chuck Beeson
Photography By – Jim McCrary