Bill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days

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Bill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days
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Studio album by Bill Cosby
Released June 1976
Recorded 1976
Genre Comedy
Length 33:22
Label Capitol/EMI Records
Producer Stu Gardner
Bill Cosby chronology
Down Under
(1975)
Bill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days
(1976)
Disco Bill
(1977)
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Bill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days (1976) is a musical comedy album by Bill Cosby.

Background[edit]

For nine years, Cosby released at least an album a year since 1964. After a three-year hiatus, this was his first comedy album since 1973's Fat Albert, and he wouldn't return to a full-fledged stand-up album again until My Father Confused Me... What Must I Do? What Must I Do?

This is also his first album on Capitol Records. In this, his sixth musical album release (counting the 1971 instrumental jazz/funk album Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band and its 1972 sequel; otherwise it is the fourth under his own name), he parodies various rhythm and blues artists including James Brown and Barry White. The songs were written with producer/keyboardist Stu Gardner.

The first single, "Yes, Yes, Yes", became one of Cosby's biggest charted hits after "Little Ole Man (Uptight, Everything's Alright)", reaching number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the Billboard rhythm and blues singles chart. The song spoofed Barry White's deep-voiced spoken word monologues. "Ben" was sampled by Jurassic 5 on their 2002 song "After School Special".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Yes, Yes, Yes" – (Cosby/Gardner) – 3:21
  2. "Chick on The Side" – (Cosby/Gardner) – 3:20
  3. "Shift Down" – (Cosby/Gardner/Lansbury) – 4:07
  4. "I Luv Myself Better Than I Luv Myself" – (Cosby/Gardner) – 6:00
  5. "Do It to Me" – (Cosby/Gardner) – 3:22
  6. "Ben" – (Cosby/Gardner) – 3:22
  7. "You're Driving Me Crazy" – (Cosby/Gardner) – 3:59
  8. "Garbage Truck Lady" – (Cosby/Gardner) – 2:38
  9. "Luv Is" – (Cosby/Gardner) – 3:13
  10. "What to do with life" - (Cosby/Gardner) - 2:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Ollie E. Brown, Nate Neblett – Drums
  • Bill Cosby – Vocals
  • Tony Drake – Guitar
  • Larry Farrow – Keyboards
  • Stu Gardner – Piano
  • Al Hall, Jr. – Trombone
  • Fred Jackson, Jr. – Saxophone
  • Melvin Moore – Trumpet
  • Nate Neblett – Drums
  • Ray Parker, Jr. – Bass, Guitar
  • Doug Richardson – Flute, Saxophone
  • David Sheilds – Bass
  • Wah Wah Watson – Guitar