And I Wanted To Sing For The People(RCA-APL1-0182)
(recorded Spring, 1973 in Hollywood)
(released Autumn, 1973)
And I Wanted to Sing for the People
Shelter of Your Love
Once Leaving Never Crossed Our Mind
Hopalong Cassidy and Gabby Hayes
Bobby Bridger’s second album on RCA Records, And I Wanted To Sing For The People, was recorded during the Spring of 1973 at the RCA studios in Hollywood, CA. Ron Kramer produced the record. Richie Schmitt, who rose to fame as the engineer for Jefferson Airplane, Harry Nilsson, and others, recorded the basic tracks, Mickey Crawford engineered the string sections and then mixed the record with Bridger and Ron Kramer’s help. Legendary L.A. session men, Hal Blaine (drums) and Joe Osborn (bass) were the rhythm section, and guitar players Richard Bennett and Michael Anthony played lead to Bridger’s basic rhythm and finger-picking. Muscle-Shoals/Memphis transplant to Hollywood, ‘Spooner’ Oldham played piano, with Mike Lang on piano for some tracks. Steve LeFever played string bass on Butterfly. Ben Di Tosti also played the arp synthesizer and celeste on Butterfly. Three delightful woman singers, Ginger Blake, Julia Tillman and Maxine Willard helped Bobby do the background vocals. Jim Helms, noted for his score of David Carradine’s landmark television series Kung Fu, arranged and conducted the string dates for the album. The record was released in Autumn, 1973 and went out of print in the late 1970s. It is no longer for sale. Look for rare copies on eBay or the Internet, and keep your eyes peeled for rare songs from this album made available here in the future!