Saturday, May 18, 2013

Rita Coolidge: The Lady's Not for Sale

She is a classic.  The great Rita Coolidge.  She did We're All Alone and really made it hers.   It was a Boz Scaggs song of course and he does a great version too.   This record is from 1972, called The Lady's Not for Sale.   Wow - check out who plays on it!   A veritable who's who of the the all-time greats:  Marc Benno – guitar.  Mike Utley – keyboards.  The great Carl Radle – bass.  Russ Kunkel – percussion on "Inside of Me"  and Booker T. Jones – flute.  Jerry McGee – acoustic guitar on "My Crew" "Bird on a Wire", "Whiskey Whiskey", "The Lady's Not For Sale", "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight".  Bernie Leadon – guitar.  Al Perkins Jr. – pedal steel & National slide guitar.  Mike Utley – keyboards.  Lee Sklar – bass.  Russ Kunkel – drums.  Al Kooper – lead guitar on "The Lady's Not For Sale".  John Sebastian – harmonica on "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" "Donut Man", "A Woman Left Lonely"

    Speaking of Michael Utley - "Michael Utley, often credited as Mike Utley, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer for Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band.  He is the musical director of the band.  Born in Blytheville in Mississippi County, Arkansas, he graduated from the University of Arkansas.  Early in his career, Utley worked with the house band for Atlantic Records in Miami, Florida's Criteria Studios backing performers such as Aretha FranklinJerry Jeff Walker, and the Allman Brothers and in California playing with Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson.  Jerry Jeff Walker recruited Utley to play keyboard instruments on Buffett's first major label album, A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, in 1973. Utley continued to work with other performers in the mid-1970s while appearing on Buffett's subsequent albums until Buffett's 1977 breakout Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes when he joined the Coral Reefer Band full-time."

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