Rock Me Tonight

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Rock Me Tonight
Rock Me Tonight.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 28, 1985
RecordedJanuary–March 1985 at Digital By Dickinson (Bloomfield, NJ); Celestial Sound Studios and Unique Recording Studios (New York, NY).
Genre
Length41:26
LabelCapitol
Producer
  • Paul Laurence
  • Robert Aries
  • Barry Eastmond
Freddie Jackson chronology
Rock Me Tonight
(1985)
Just Like the First Time
(1986)
Singles from Rock Me Tonight
  1. "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)"
    Released: April 2, 1985
  2. "You Are My Lady"
    Released: August 13, 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Rock Me Tonight is the platinum selling 1985 debut album from American R&B/Soul singer Freddie Jackson. Released on April 28, 1985, the album yielded four top–10 singles on the U.S. R&B chart, with the first two, "You Are My Lady" and "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)", reaching number one. The latter two, "Love Is Just a Touch Away" and "He'll Never Love You", peaked at Nos. 9 and 8, respectively. The album contains a cover of the Billie Holiday classic "Good Morning Heartache". The success of Rock Me Tonight garnered Jackson a Grammy Award nomination in 1986 for Best New Artist, losing out to Sade. Rock Me Tonight went on to top the R&B Albums chart for 14 nonconsecutive weeks, and peaked inside the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)" (Keith Diamond, Barry Eastmond) – 4:43
  2. "Love Is Just a Touch Away" (Freddie Jackson, Barry Eastmond) – 5:19
  3. "I Wanna Say I Love You" (Freddie Jackson, Barry Eastmond) – 4:40
  4. "You Are My Lady" (Barry Eastmond) – 4:44
  5. "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)" (Paul Laurence) – 7:12
  6. "Sing a Song of Love" (Barry Eastmond) – 5:02
  7. "Calling" (Keith Diamond, Barry Eastmond) – 5:30
  8. "Good Morning Heartache" (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham) – 4:28

Personnel[edit]

  • Freddie Jackson – lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Ira Siegel – acoustic guitar, guitar
  • Fareed Abdul-Haqq – guitar
  • Clarence Brice – guitar
  • Mike Campbell – guitar
  • Thomas J. Flammia – guitar
  • Wayne Brathwaite – bass
  • Timmy Allen – bass (5)
  • Bernard Davis – drums
  • Richard Rodriguez – drums
  • Joel Rosenblatt – drums
  • Terry Silverlight – drums
  • Buddy Williams – drums
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • Steve Kroon – percussion
  • Barry Eastmond – drum programming, keyboards, synthesizer
  • Eric Rehl – synthesizer
  • Paul Laurence – drum programming (5), keyboards (5), Kurzwiel synthesizer (5), Yamaha DX7 (5), backing vocals (5)
  • Robert Aries – drum programming (8), keyboards (8), Kurzwiel synthesizer (8)
  • V. Jeffrey Smith – saxophone
  • Stanley Turrentine – sax solo (5)
  • Janice Dempsey, Dolly Eastmond, Danny Madden, Cindy Mizelle, Melba Moore, B.J. Nelson, Lillo Thomas, Audrey Wheeler – backing vocals
  • Reggie King – backing vocals (5)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Barry Eastmond (Tracks 1-4, 6 & 7); Paul Laurence (Track 5); Robert Aries (Track 8).
  • Executive Producers – Beau Huggins and Varnell Johnson
  • Production Coordination – Zack Vaz
  • Engineers – Ron Banks (Tracks 1-4, 6 & 7); Carl Beatty and Steve Goldman (Track 5); Frank Heller, Peter Robbins and Bob Rose (Track 8).
  • Second Engineer – Joe Marno (Track 5)
  • Assistant Engineers – Dean Cochren, Larry DeCarmine, Cathy Goode, Frank Heller and Kurt Upper (Tracks 1-4, 6 & 7); Mike Nicolette (Track 8).
  • Track 5 mixed by Steve Goldman at Right Track Recording (New York, NY).
  • Track 8 mixed by Peter Robbins at Unique Recording Studios.
  • Mastered by Jack Skinner at Sterling Sound (New York, NY) and Eddy Schreyer at Capitol Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction – Roy Kohara
  • Design – Roland Young
  • Photography – Chris Callis
  • Administrator – Anne Thomas
  • Management – Hush Productions

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[2] 10
U.S. Billboard Top Black Albums[2] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[3]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 US
R&B
1985 "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)" 18 1
"You Are My Lady" 12 1
"He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)" 25 8
1986 "Love Is Just A Touch Away" - 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. Freddie Jackson: Rock Me Tonight > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 03 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Freddie Jackson US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  3. ^ "Freddie Jackson US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-03.

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