1973 Arthur Adams – It’s Private Tonight

It’s Private Tonight is the debut album by Arthur Adams, released in 1973 on Blue Thumb.

Arthur Adams (born December 25, 1943) is an American blues guitarist from Medon, Tennessee. Inspired by B.B. King and other 1950s artists, he played gospel music before attending college. He moved to Los Angeles, and during the 1960s and 1970s he released solo albums and worked as a session musician. In 1985 he was tapped to tour on bass guitar with Nina Simone, and he staged a comeback in the 1990s when he released Back on Track, and became a respected Chicago blues player and bandleader in B.B. King’s clubs.


1  I’m Going Home (Arthur Adams) 03:03
2  Happiness (Is All I See) (Arthur Adams) 03:28
3  Get On The Ground (Arthur Adams) 03:38
4  Everything I Ever Wanted In A Girl (Arthur Adams) 03:27
5  You Hit The Nail On The Head (Arthur Adams) 03:57
6  Go On And Do That (Arthur Adams) 03:21
7  I Can’t Believe My Eyes (Arthur Adams; Larry Perrault) 03:15
8  It’s Private Tonight (Arthur Adams; Jimmy Lewis) 03:47
9  I’ll Never Be The Same (Arthur Adams; Caiphus Semenya) 03:14
10  I Gotta Help My People (Arthur Adams) 04:52


BassWilton Felder
DrumsPaul Humphrey
GuitarArthur Adams
GuitarPhil Upchurch
ClavinetJoe Sample
Electric PianoJoe Sample
OrganJoe Sample
HornsChuck Findley
HornsErnie Watts
HornsGeorge Bohanon
HornsJackie Kelso
HornsMike Altschul
HornsPaul Hubinon
HornsWilliam Green
VibraphoneGene Estes
CongasBobbye Hall
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
VocalsArthur Adams

Liner Notes

Producer – Tommy LiPuma, Arthur Adams
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – David Blumberg
Concertmaster – Sidney Sharp
Engineer (Mixing, Recording) – Al Schmitt
Recorded By – Kent Nebergall, Wayne Dailey

Painting – Vicki Hodgetts
Photography – Barry Feinstein, Camouflage Productions

Recorded At Sunset Sound Recorders
Record Company Blue Thumb Records, Inc
1973 Blue Thumb Records Inc