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This Masquerade" is a song written by Leon Russell. The song appeared on the B-side of the single for Russell's 1972 hit "Tight Rope" and on his album. Carney
The song has also been recorded by many other artists.
Helen Reddy included it on her 1972 album, and also included a live version on her 1978 I am Woman album. Live in London The Carpenters recorded a version of the song and released it on their 1973 album, as well as on the B-side of "Please Mr. Postman" in 1974. Now & Then Shirley Bassey has also recorded this song, first released on her 1982 album All By Myself. Other artists to perform it include, Hagood Hardy, Willie Nelson, Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '77, No Mercy, Robert Goulet, Bob Berg and Kenny Rogers. The song was also a top-ten pop and R&B hit for jazz guitarist/ vocalist George Benson, who recorded it on his 1976 signature album . It reached number ten on the Breezin' Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Hot Soul Singles chart. In 1977 Benson's version won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year, while it was nominated for Song of the Year and for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Mia Martini recorded a live version in 1991. Saxophonist David Sanborn also recorded the song on his 1995 "Pearls" project. The song has also been covered by Italian singer [1 ] Mina in her 1988's album . Ridi Pagliaccio
Leon Russell's version is part of the soundtrack for the director Exorcist William Friedkin's psychological thriller film . The Bug was released on May 22, 2007. It also appeared in the movie Bug Soundtrack . The Pursuit of Happyness
The Carpenters version was released on their album (1973), and performed on TV with Now & Then Ella Fitzgerald, the medley in which it was sung was subsequently released on the compilation album . As Time Goes By
Widespread Panic opened their Austin, TX 2009 Halloween encore with "This Masquerade."
Ukrainian vocal band
ManSound has recorded a trilogy starting with this song in the album "If It’s Magic", 2004. Croatian soul diva [2 ] Radojka Šverko released this song on her concert album with Big Band of Croatian Radiotelevison in year 2009.
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produced by Bones Howe (1970) "
Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel ( Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon)
produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee (1971)
It's Too Late" by Carole King
produced by Lou Adler (1972) "
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
produced by Joel Dorn (1973)
Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
produced by Joel Dorn (1974) "
I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
produced by John Farrar (1975)
Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille ( Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille)
produced by Daryl Dragon (1976) "
This Masquerade" by George Benson
produced by Tommy LiPuma (1977)
Hotel California" by The Eagles ( Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh)
produced by Bill Szymczyk (1978) "
Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
produced by Phil Ramone (1979)