Different Kinda Different

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Different Kinda Different
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1980
Recorded 1980 at
A&M Recording Studios,
Hollywood, California[1]
Genre Vocal[2]
Length 35:25
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Gold[1]
Johnny Mathis chronology
Tears and Laughter
(1980)
Different Kinda Different
(1980)
The Best of Johnny Mathis 1975–1980
(1980)
Alternate cover
All for You (UK)

Different Kinda Different is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in June 1980 by Columbia Records.[3] The album was retitled All for You for its release in the UK,[4] where it made it to number 20 during an eight-week run on the album chart that began the following month, on July 12.[5] Different Kinda Different made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated August 9, 1980, and remained there for five weeks, peaking at number 164.[6]

The title track from the album entered Billboard's list of the 100 most popular R&B songs in the US in the August 9 issue as well and got as high as number 81 during its four weeks there.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Different Kinda Different" performed with Paulette (Marilyn McLeod, Pam Sawyer) – 3:25
  2. "With You I'm Born Again" (Carol Connors, David Shire) – 4:03
  3. "I'll Do It All for You" performed with Paulette (Roger Cook, Steve Davis) – 3:29
  4. "Never Givin' Up on You" (Steve Dorff, Jack Gold, Gary Harju, Larry Herbstritt) – 3:15
  5. "Deep Purple" (Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish) – 3:31

Side 2

  1. "I Will Survive" (Dino Fekaris, Freddie Perren) – 3:59
  2. "Paradise" (Teddy Randazzo) – 3:07
  3. "The Lights of Rio" (Arnold Goland, Jack Gold) – 3:50
  4. "Love Without Words" (Sammy Cahn, John Lewis Parker) – 3:32
  5. "Temptation" (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed) – 3:14

For the All for You album in the UK, a cover of "Three Times a Lady" was inserted at the end of side one, but the order of the original 10 songs was unchanged.[4] This additional track would make its US debut on Mathis's 1981 compilation The First 25 Years – The Silver Anniversary Album.[8]

Song information[edit]

The Billy Preston-Syreeta duet "With You I'm Born Again" was written for the 1979 film Fast Break and reached number four on Billboard magazine's Hot 100,[9] number two on its list of the 50 most popular Adult Contemporary songs in the US,[10] number 86 on its R&B chart,[11] and number two in the UK.[12] Larry Clinton & His Orchestra's recording of "Deep Purple" with Bea Wain on vocal spent nine weeks at number one in Billboard in 1939.[13] "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor lasted for three weeks at number one pop[14] and four weeks in the top spot in the UK[15] in addition to making it to number four R&B[16] and number nine Adult Contemporary;[17] the song also earned the Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording[18] and Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[14] And Bing Crosby had the most successful version of the three different recordings of "Temptation" that charted early in 1934 when he peaked at number three.[19]

Personnel[1][edit]

  • Johnny Mathis – vocals
  • Paulette (a.k.a. Paulette McWilliams)[2] – vocals ("Different Kinda Different", "I'll Do It All for You")
  • Jack Gold – producer
  • Gene Page – arranger, conductor (except as noted)
  • Victor Vanacore – arranger, conductor ("I Will Survive")
  • Dick Bogert – engineer
  • Jo-Anne Steinberg – production coordinator
  • David Vance – photographer
  • Nancy Donald – design
  • Gary Herbig – sax solo ("I'll Do It All for You")
  • Ernie Watts – sax solo ("Deep Purple")
  • Chris Bennett – carnival girl ("The Lights of Rio")

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (1980) Different Kinda Different by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records JC 36505.
  2. ^ a b "Different Kinda Different - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
  4. ^ a b (1980) All for You by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. London: CBS Records 86115.
  5. ^ "Johnny Mathis - Albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 504.
  7. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 383.
  8. ^ (1981) The First 25 Years – The Silver Anniversary Album by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records C2X 37440.
  9. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 778.
  10. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 221.
  11. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 468.
  12. ^ "With You I'm Born Again". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 85.
  14. ^ a b Whitburn 2009, p. 386.
  15. ^ "I Will Survive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 226.
  17. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 106.
  18. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 299.
  19. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 590.

References[edit]

  • O'Neil, Thomas (1999), The Grammys, Perigree Books, ISBN 0399524770 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1986), Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890-1954, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898200830 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2004), Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201608 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201691 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201802 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7