On this day in music history: October 15, 1984 – “Valotte”, the debut album by Julian Lennon is released. Produced by Phil Ramone, it is recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL, Beartracks Recording Studio in Suffern, NY, A&R Studios, Clinton Recording Studios, and The Hit Factory in New York City from February – August 1984. The first album from the eldest son of rock icon John Lennon, the then twenty one year old singer, songwriter, and musician works with veteran producer and engineer Phil Ramone (Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Chicago), with Lennon writing or co-writing nearly all of the songs himself. The album features a number of notable guest musicians including The Muscle Shoal Rhythm Section (Barry Beckett (keyboards), David Hood (bass), and Roger Hawkins (drums)), Ralph MacDonald (percussion), Marcus Miller, Carmine Rojas (bass), Michael Brecker (saxophone), Jon Faddis (trumpet), Martin Briley (guitar) and Jean “Toots” Thielemans (harmonica). Listeners and critics are immediately taken with the younger Lennon whose singing voice and physical presence bares more than a passing resemblance to his late father, and with the quality of the material on his first recording effort. It spins off four singles including “Too Late For Goodbyes” (#5 Pop), “Say You’re Wrong” (#21 Pop) and the title track (#9 Pop). “Valotte” peaks at number seventeen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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