1978 Marlena Shaw – Acting Up

Acting Up (Columbia, 1978) is the ninth solo album by Marlena Shaw.

Marlena Shaw, born Marlina Burgess (born September 22, 1942) is an American jazz, blues and soul singer. Shaw began her singing career in the 1960s and is still singing today. Her music has often been sampled in hip hop music, and used in television commercials.


1  More (Marlena Shaw) 03:47
2  Moonrise (Billy Tragesser; Karen Nelson) 04:23
3  Rhythm Of Love (Kathy Wakefield; Ken Hirsch) 03:48
4  Places (Art Posey; Josef Powell) 04:05
5  I Wonder (Billy Tragesser) 04:24
6  You Bring Out The Best In Me (Jack Conrad; Mutha Withem) 04:40
7  Dreamin’ (Bernard Ighner) 04:25
8  I’m Back For More (Kenny Stover) 04:09
9  Mamma Tried (Marlena Shaw) 03:24
10  Theme From Looking For Mr. Goodbar (Don’t Ask To Stay Until Tomorrow) (Artie Kane; Carol Connors) 03:31


BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
BassGreg Middleton
DrumsQuentin Dennard
GuitarCraig McMullen
GuitarGreg Poree
KeyboardsJerry Peters
KeyboardsLarry Nash
PercussionRobert Zimmitti
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionTommy Vig
Background VocalsDee Ervin
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsLuther Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters
VocalsMarlena Shaw

Other Musicians

2 Moonrise

FluteSeldon Powell
SaxSeldon Powell
HarpGene Bianco

6 You Bring Out The Best In Me

SaxSeldon Powell

9 Mamma Tried

PianoMarlena Shaw

Liner Notes

Producer – Bert DeCoteaux
Arranged By – Bert DeCoteaux
Conductor – Bert DeCoteaux
Engineer – Godfrey Diamond, Wayne Neuendorf
Engineer (Assistant) – Earl Williams, Phil Shrago

Design – Nancy Donald
Photography – Suzanne Nyerges

Mixed At Media Sound Studios,
Recorded At Village Recorders, LA
Recorded At Media Sound Studios, NY
Phonographic Copyrights Columbia/CBS