Thank God for Girls

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Thank God for Girls
Studio album by Benny Mardones
Released 1978
Genre Pop rock
Length 36:19
Label Private Stock Records
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
Benny Mardones chronology
- Thank God for Girls
(1978)
Never Run, Never Hide
(1980)

Thank God for Girls is the debut studio album from American rock and pop singer Benny Mardones, released in 1978.

Background[edit]

During 1977 in Woodstock, Mardones met Richie Havens who, impressed by Mardones' talent, invited him on the road as his opening act. During the tour, around New York City, Mardones' appearances brought him to the attention of producer Andrew Loog Oldham and Larry Utall, President of Private Stock Records. As a result, Mardones signed to the record label.[1]

The album was Mardones' only record for Private Stock Records, with Mardones moving to Polydor Records for his next two albums. Thank God for Girls did not live up to expectations, partially based on the fact that Private Stock Records went out of business shortly after its release.[2]

The album was produced by Andrew Loog Oldham who was most famous for producing many of The Rolling Stones' early albums.[3]

The majority of the songs on the album were written by Mardones and David Leigh Byron, with two of those tracks featuring another co-writing credit to Wayne Hayden. "Timeless" was written by Mardones and Michael Wendroff.[4] Byron would also co-write further songs with Mardones' for his next album Never Run, Never Hide from 1980.[5]

The track "Hold Me Down" would later be re-recorded for Mardones' following album Never Run, Never Hide.[6]

For the album, a cover of the Alessi Brothers song "All for a Reason" was recorded. The song was written by Billy and Bobby Alessi, where they had originally recorded it for their 1977 album of the same name.[7] The Alessi Brothers had released the song as a single as well.[8] Another cover on the album was the 1968 Bee Gees hit song "I Started a Joke", which was written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb,[9] released from their album Idea.[10]

The guitarist on the record was Mick Ronson, who was the guitarist for David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust Tour whilst the drummer Jerry Shirley was from the band Humble Pie.[11]

Release[edit]

The album remained out-of-print and only available on vinyl for many years. It featured a printed inner sleeve.[12] Today, the album can be purchased on CD via Mardones' current record label Warrior Records.[13]

Thank God for Girls was only released in America and France.[14]

Shortly before the album's release, Private Stock Records released a limited edition four track 12" extended play vinyl sampler, which featured the tracks "All for a Reason", "Thank God for Girls", "I Started a Joke" and "Timeless".[15] The release was advertised as a "Pre-Release Limited Edition Collector's EP".[16]

The album's sole single was "Susquehanna Lady", which was backed by "All for a Reason" as the b-side.[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All for a Reason"   Billy Alessi, Bobby Alessi 5:10
2. "Your Own Man"   Benny Mardones, David Leigh Byron 4:02
3. "From Your Heart"   Benny Mardones, David Leigh Byron 3:34
4. "Thank God for Girls"   Benny Mardones, Hayden Wayne, David Leigh Byron 5:21
5. "I Started a Joke"   Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb 5:09
6. "Susquehanna Lady"   Benny Mardones, David Leigh Byron 5:07
7. "Hold Me Down"   Benny Mardones, Hayden Wayne, David Leigh Byron 3:18
8. "Timeless"   Benny Mardones, Michael Wendroff 4:38

Critical Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[18]

Personnel[edit]

  • Benny Mardones - Vocals, Backing Vocals
  • David Byron - Backing Vocals
  • Hayden Wayne - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
  • Kimberley Carlson - Backing Vocals
  • Merle Miller - Backing Vocals
  • Erin Dickins - Backing Vocals
  • Mick Ronson - Guitar
  • Ron Frangipane - Keyboards
  • Joey Stann - Saxophone
  • Mike Neville - Bass
  • Jerry Shirley - Drums
  • Carmine Rubino - Engineer
  • Matt Murray - Engineer
  • Neil Ceppos - Engineer
  • Tom Mark - Engineer
  • Ron Frangipani - Arranger
  • Dom Romeo - Mastering Engineer
  • Jim Massey - Creative Director
  • Neil Terk - Art Direction
  • B. Arnold - Design
  • Jim Houghton - Photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bio". Benny Mardones. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Thank". Benny Mardones. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Thank". Benny Mardones. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Images for Benny Mardones - Thank God For Girls". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Thank". Benny Mardones. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Benny Mardones - Never Run Never Hide (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  7. ^ "Alessi - All For A Reason at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Alessi - All For A Reason at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Bee Gees, The* - I Started A Joke / Kilburn Towers at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Bee Gees - Idea at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  11. ^ "Thank". Benny Mardones. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  12. ^ "Benny Mardones - Thank God For Girls (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  13. ^ "Warrior Records 2012". Warriorrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  14. ^ "Benny Mardones - Thank God For Girls at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  15. ^ "Benny Mardones - All For A Reason Vinyl Records, CDs and LPs". Musicstack.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  16. ^ "Mardones, Benny - All For A Reason 5:10/thank God For Girls 5:21/i Started A Joke 5:09/timeless 4:38 (12") $16.50". Musicstack.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  17. ^ "Benny Mardones - Susquehanna Lady / All For A Reason (7"+CDR) $30.95". Musicstack.com. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  18. ^ "Thank God for Girls - Benny Mardones : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-18.