Brenda Russell (album)

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Brenda Russell
Original cover art (1979)
Studio album by Brenda Russell
Released February 23, 1979
Recorded 1978 Los Angeles: Kendun Recorders, Conway Recording Studios, United Western
Length 34:00
Label Horizon Records
Producer André Fischer
Brenda Russell chronology
Brenda Russell
Love Life
Alternative cover
Cover of the 2000 re-release

Brenda Russell is the eponymous debut album by the American singer/songwriter Brenda Russell, released in 1979.[1]

After working for several years with her then-husband Brian Russell as session musicians and by themselves as the duo Brian & Brenda in the mid-1970s, the couple divorced and Brenda Russell embarked on a solo career by signing with A&M Records.

Written almost entirely by Russell herself, the album included the singles "So Good, So Right" (released as a double A-sided single in the UK with "In The Thick Of It") and "Way Back When". The track "Think It Over", written by Russell with her then-husband Brian, was previously recorded by Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd and was a top 40 for her in 1978 (Ladd and Brian Russell would later marry in 1981). The track "If Only For One Night" was covered by Luther Vandross in 1985.


In 1998, rapper Big Pun sampled "A Little Bit of Love" on his hit single "Still Not a Player". In 2003, Mexican singer Thalía sampled the song in "I Want You", and in 2013 Ariana Grande and Mac Miller sampled the same song for their hit single, "The Way". In 2001, singer Mary J. Blige sampled "God Bless You" in her song "Flying Away".

In 2000, the album was re-released on CD with new cover artwork and included Russell's most well known hit "Piano in the Dark" from 1988 as a bonus track.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "So Good, So Right"
  2. "In The Thick Of It"
  3. "If Only For One Night"
  4. "Way Back When"
  5. "A Little Bit Of Love"
  6. "You're Free"
  7. "Think It Over"
  8. "God Bless You"

All tracks composed by Brenda Russell, except:
"You're Free" (lyrics:Brenda Russell, music: Andre Fischer, Brenda Russell)
"Think It Over" (lyrics:Brenda Russell, music: Brian Russell, Brenda Russell).


    • as noted at allmusic:
  • Brenda Russell: Acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos, main vocal
  • Ron Stockert: Acoustic and Fender Rhodes electric piano, Clavinet
  • Claire Fischer: Organ, Guitars
  • Ian Underwood: Synthesizers
  • David Wolfert, Fred Tackett, George Sopuch: Guitars
  • Ed Brown: Bass
  • Andre Fischer: Drums
  • Victor Feldman: Percussion, Vibes
  • Judd Miller: Trumpet
  • Steve Madaio: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Tom Saviano: Soprano Saxophone
  • Doug Richardson: Tenor Saxophone
  • Chuck Findley: Trumpet, Piccolo and Flugelhorn
  • Larry Williams: Alto Flute
  • Bill Reichenbach: Bass and baritone Trombone
  • Gary Herbig: English horn
  • Assa Drori, Claire Fischer, Harry Bluestone, Gerald Vinci: Concertmasters



Year Chart Position
1979 US Billboard 200 65
1979 US R&B Chart 26


Year Single Chart Position
1979 "So Good, So Right" US Billboard Hot 100[2] 30
1980 "So Good, So Right" /
"In The Thick Of It"
UK Singles Chart[3] 51