Shep Pettibone

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Shep Pettibone
Birth nameRobert E. Pettibone, Jr.
Born (1959-07-10) July 10, 1959 (age 63)
Ocean Grove, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
GenresHouse, dance-pop
Occupation(s)DJ, record producer, remixer
Years active1980s–present

Robert "Shep" Pettibone (born 10 July 1959)[2][1] is an American record producer,[3] remixer,[4] songwriter[1] and club DJ,[1] one of the most prolific of the 1980s.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Shep Pettibone surfaced after his work with Arthur Baker on Afrika Bambaataa & the Jazzy 5's "Jazzy Sensation" and as an in-house mix engineer for Prelude Records.[citation needed] During his recording career, he launched innovative "mastermixes" for New York's KISS FM.[citation needed] The popularity of these mixes persuaded Prelude Records to release some of them commercially.[citation needed]

Pettibone built his brand[citation needed] through his personal approach to remixing tracks, specially crafted for the dancefloor.[citation needed] Acclaimed by DJs worldwide,[citation needed] he was the go-to man to achieve club and chart success.[citation needed] His prowess at production and mixing led him to work with such artists as Madonna[citation needed] and George Michael[citation needed] in the late 1980s during the height of these artists' popularity. His influence is still perceivable in today's music.[citation needed]

Pettibone is the subject of the first volume of the Arthur Baker Presents Dance Masters series,[citation needed] Shep Pettibone: The Classic 12″ Master-Mixes, a 47-song box set with highlights from his career.[7]

The "Vogue" case[edit]

Pettibone, co-writer and co-producer of Madonna's 1990 hit "Vogue", sued Warner Music in a dispute over withholding royalty payments.[8][9][10] An appeals court ruled that the music producer was not responsible for paying the publishing giant's legal fees in a previous case.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Selected remixing credits[edit]

  • Aftershock – She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (1990)
  • Afrika Bambaataa & The Jazz 5 – Jazzy Sensation (1982)
  • Alisha – All Night Passion (1985)
  • Alisha – Baby Talk (1985)
  • Alisha – Boys Will Be Boys (1985)
  • Alisha – One Little Lie (1985)
  • Alisha – Stargazing (1986)
  • Alisha – Too Turned On (1985)
  • Alyson Williams – Yes We Can (1986)
  • Arnie's Love – Date with the Rain (1985)
  • Apollo Smile – Dune Buggy (1991)
  • Arcadia – Say The Word (1985)
  • Art of Noise – Beat Box (1984)
  • Aurra – Baby Love (1982)
  • Aurra – Checking You Out (1982)
  • Aurra – Such A Feeling (1982)
  • The B-52's – Summer of Love (1986)
  • The B-52's – The Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland (1986)
  • Bananarama – Preacher Man (1991)
  • Barbara Fowler – Knockin' On My Door (1985)
  • Barone – Shake It Up ('Til Ya Drop) (1985)
  • Bee Gees – You Win Again (1988)
  • Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is a Place on Earth (1988)
  • Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak (1988)
  • The Belle Stars – World Domination (1986)
  • Betty Boo – Doin' The Do (1990)
  • Betty Boo – Where Are You Baby (1990)
  • Bianca – My Emotions (1989)
  • Bobby "O" & His Banana Republic – Somebody (1985)
  • Boogie Box High – Nervous (1989)
  • Boys Don't Cry – Cities On Fire (1986)
  • Breakfast Club – Express Away To Your Heart (1988)
  • Breakfast Club – Never Be The Same (1987)
  • The Brooklyn, Bronx & Queen Band – Dreamer (1987)
  • Bros – Drop the Boy (1988)
  • Bros – I Owe You Nothing (1988)
  • Candido – Jingo (1983)
  • Carl Bean – I Was Born This Way (1986)
  • Carol Jiani – Touch And Go Lover (1984)
  • Carol Williams – No One Can Do It (Like You) (1981)
  • Casanova – Eye Contact (1983)
  • Cathy DennisEverybody Move (1991)
  • Cathy Dennis – Just Another Dream (1991)
  • Cathy Dennis – Touch Me (All Night Long) (1991)
  • Cathy Dennis – You Lied To Me (1992)
  • Cat Miller – Ready Or Not (1985)
  • Cheri – So Sure (1983)
  • Cheri – Working Girl (1983)
  • Clair And Love Exchange Hicks – Push (In The Bush) (1985)
  • Claudja Barry – Down And Counting (1986)
  • Colors – Am I Gonna Be The One (1983)
  • Communards – Never Can Say Goodbye (1987)
  • Conquest – Give It To Me (If You Don't Mind) (1982)
  • Cyndi Lauper – Change of Heart (1986)
  • Cyndi Lauper – What's Going On (1987)
  • Daryl HallFoolish Pride (1986)
  • Daryl Hall John OatesEverything Your Heart Desires (1988)
  • David Bowie – Day-In Day-Out (1987)
  • David Essex – Rock On (1989)
  • David McPherson – You Can't Stop (1982)
  • Debbie Gibson – Electric Youth (1989)
  • Debbie Harry – Heart of Glass (re-recorded solo version) (1988)
  • Depeche ModeBehind the Wheel (1987)
  • Diana Ross – Paradise (1989)
  • Diana Ross – Shock Waves (1987)
  • Donna Garraffa – Let Me Be Your Fantasy (1985)
  • D-Train – Keep On (1982)
  • D-Train – You're The One For Me (1981)
  • Duran Duran – All She Wants Is (1988)
  • Duran Duran – I Don't Want Your Love (1988)
  • Dusty Springfield – In Private (1989)
  • Dusty Springfield – Reputation (1989)
  • EleanorAdventure (1988)
  • Elton John – I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That (1988)
  • Elton John – Healing Hands (1989)
  • Empress – Dyin' To Be Dancin' (1982)
  • Erasure – Blue Savannah (1989)
  • Erasure – Chains of Love (1988)
  • Falco – Do It Again (1988)
  • First Choice – Dr. Love (1983)
  • First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder (1983)
  • Five Star – Are You Man Enough (1987)
  • Five Star – The Slightest Touch (1987)
  • Five Star – Somewhere Somebody (1987)
  • Five Star – Treat Me Like a Lady (1990)
  • Five Star – Find the Time (1986)
  • Five Star – If I Say Yes (1986)
  • The FlirtsYou & Me (1985)
  • The Flirts – New Toy (1986)
  • Four in Legion – Party in My Pants (1984)
  • Fox the Fox – Precious Little Diamond (1984)
  • France Joli – Does He Dance (1985)
  • France Joli – Gonna Get Over You (1982)
  • France Joli – I Wanna Take A Chance on Love (1982)
  • Gayle AdamsLove Fever (1982)
  • George Benson – Twice the love (1988)
  • George Michael – Hard Day (1987)
  • Gloria Gaynor – I Am What I Am (1983)
  • Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive (1990)
  • Howard Hewett – Stay (1986)
  • Huey Lewis & The News – Hip To Be Square (1986)
  • Information Society – Walking Away (1988)
  • Inner Life – I Like It Like That (1982)
  • Inner Life – Moment of My Life (1982)
  • Instant Funk – (Just Because) You'll Be Mine (1986)
  • Jaki Graham – From Now On (1989)
  • The Jammers – And You Know That (1982)
  • The Jammers – Be Mine Tonight (1982)
  • The Jammers – Let's B-B Break (1984)
  • Jane Child – Don't' Wanna Fall In Love (1989)
  • Janet Jackson – Alright (featuring Heavy D of Heavy D & the Boyz) (1990)
  • Janet Jackson – Escapade (1990)
  • Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do Without You (1989)
  • Janet Jackson – Miss You Much (1989)
  • Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation (1989)
  • Janet Jackson – State of the World (1991)
  • Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle (1987)
  • Jeannette "Lady" Day – Come Let Me Love You (1982)
  • Jeffrey Osborne – Room with a View (1986)
  • Jennifer Holliday – No Frills Love (1985)
  • Jermaine Jackson – I Think It's Love (1982)
  • The Jets – Cross My Broken Heart (1987)
  • Junk Yard Dog – Grab Them Cakes (1985)
  • Karyn White – Romantic (1991)
  • Katunga – El Negro No Puede (1984)
  • Keyna – Tell It To Me (1989)
  • Kim WildeYou Came (1988)
  • Laid Back – I'm Hooked (1985)
  • Laid Back – It's The Way You Do It (1985)
  • Laid Back – One Life (1985)
  • Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx & Sarah Dash) – Turn it Out
  • The Latin Rascals – Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (1988)
  • Level 42Lessons in Love (1987)
  • Level 42 – Something About You (1985)
  • Level 42 – World Machine (1985)
  • Leroy Burgess – Heartbreaker (1983)
  • Leroy Burgess – Stranger (1983)
  • Linda Taylor – You And Me Just Started (1982)
  • Lionel RichieLove Will Conquer All (1986)
  • Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam – I Wonder If I Take You Home (1985)
  • Lisa StansfieldThis Is the Right Time (1990)
  • Loleatta Holloway – Crash Goes Love (1986)
  • Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation (1983)
  • Louie Louie – Sittin' in the Lap of Luxury (1990)
  • Love and Money – Candy Bar Express (1986)
  • Luther Vandross – Power of Love/Love Power (1991)
  • Madonna – Bad Girl (1993)
  • Madonna – Bye Bye Baby (1993)
  • Madonna – Causing a Commotion (1987)
  • Madonna – Deeper and Deeper (1992)
  • Madonna – Erotica (1992)
  • Madonna – Express Yourself (1989)
  • Madonna – Fever (1993)
  • Madonna – In This Life (1992)
  • Madonna – Into the Groove (1985)
  • Madonna – Keep it Together (1990)
  • Madonna – Like a Prayer (1989)
  • Madonna – Rain (1993)
  • Madonna – Rescue Me (1991)
  • Madonna – Thief Of Hearts (1992)
  • Madonna – This Used to Be my Playground (1992)
  • Madonna – True Blue (1986)
  • Madonna – Vogue (1990)
  • Madonna – Where's the Party (1986)
  • Madonna – Why's It So Hard (1992)
  • Madonna – Words (1992)
  • Mahogany – Ride on the Rhythm (1983)
  • Mariah Carey – Someday (1991)
  • Mariah Carey – There's Got to Be a Way (1991)
  • MC Hammer – Pray (1990)
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman (1991)
  • Miami Sound Machine – Bad Boy (1986)
  • Michael Bolton – Can I Touch You... There
  • Michael McDonald – All We Got (It's Not Enough, Never Enough) (1990)
  • Mico Wave – Star Search (1987)
  • Mike & Brenda Sutton – Don't Let Go Of Me (Grip My Hips & Move Me) (1982)
  • Mitsou – Bye Bye Mon Cowboy (1988)
  • Morris Day – Are You Ready (1988)
  • Natalie Cole – The Urge To Merge (1987)
  • Narada – Divine Emotions (1988)
  • New OrderBizarre Love Triangle (1986)
  • New Order – True Faith (1987)
  • Nia Peeples – Street of Dreams (1991)
  • Nia Peeples – Trouble (1988)
  • Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart (1986)
  • Nick Scotti – Get Over (1993)
  • The Nick Straker Band – A Little Bit of Jazz (1982)
  • Nu Shooz – Don't Let Me Be The One (1986)
  • Nu Shooz – Lost Your Number (1986)
  • Nu Shooz – Point of No Return (1986)
  • NV – It's Alright (1983)
  • NV – Let Me Do You (1984)
  • Olivia Newton-John – The Rumour (1988)
  • Paul McCartney – Ou Est Le Soleil? (1989)
  • Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl (1990)
  • Paula Abdul – Knocked Out (1990)
  • Paula Abdul – Opposites Attract (1990)
  • Paul Lekakis – Tattoo in on Me (1990)
  • Pebbles – Giving You the Benefit (1990)
  • Pet Shop BoysAlways on My Mind (1988)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Heart (1988)
  • Pet Shop Boys – I Want To Wake Up (1987)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Left to My Own Devices (1988)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Love Comes Quickly (1986)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money) (1986)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Was That What It Was? (1986)
  • Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (1985)
  • Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done To Deserve This? (1987)
  • Pet Shop Boys – You Know Where You Went Wrong (1987)
  • Phil CollinsHang in Long Enough (1990)
  • Phyllis Nelson – I Like You (1985)
  • Pia Zadora – Dance Out of My Head (1988)
  • Pierre – Just Right (1984)
  • Pilot – You Are The One (1984)
  • Pointer Sisters – Friends' Advice (Don't Take It) (1990)
  • Pointer Sisters – Goldmine (1986)
  • Pretty Poison – Nighttime (1988)
  • Prince – Glam Slam (1988)
  • Prince – Hot Thing (1987)
  • Prince – Strange Relationship (1987)
  • Psychedelic Furs – Shock (1989)
  • Rafael Cameron – Desires (1982)
  • Ramsey Lewis – This Ain't No Fantasy (1985)
  • Raw Silk – Do It to the Music (1983)
  • Red Head Kingpin and the FBI – Get It Together (1991)
  • Robey – Bored & Beautiful (1984)
  • Robey – Killer Instinct (1985)
  • Robey – One Night in Bangkok (1984)
  • Rockers Revenge – Walking on Sunshine (1987)
  • Run D.M.C. – Ghostbusters (1989)
  • Run-D.M.C. – It's Tricky (1987)
  • The Salsoul Orchestra – Ooh, I Love It (Love Break) (1983)
  • The Salsoul Orchestra – Seconds (1982)
  • S-xpress – Hey Music Lover (1988)
  • Seal – The Beginning (1991)
  • Secret Weapon – Must Be The Music (1982)
  • Shakespears Sister – Break My Heart (1988)
  • Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It (1982)
  • Sheena Easton – Eternity (1987)
  • Shirley Lewis – You Can't Hide (1989)
  • Siedah Garrett – K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (1988)
  • Sinnamon – Thin Line (1984)
  • Sinnamon – He's Gonna Take You Home (1982)
  • Sinnamon – Thanks To You (1982)
  • Sister Sledge – Here To Stay (1986)
  • Skyy – Call Me (1982)
  • Skyy – Let Love Shine (1982)
  • Skyy – Let's Celebrate (1982)
  • Skyy – Show Me The Way (1987)
  • SladeSlam the Hammer Down (1984)
  • Slay Cabell – Feelin' Fine (1982)
  • Stacey Q – Don't Make A Fool Of Yourself (1988)
  • The Springsteen Brothers – She's Fine (1984)
  • Steve Shelto – Don't You Give Your Love Away (1983)
  • Stewart Copeland – Love Lessons (1987)
  • The Strangers – Step Out of My Dream (1983)
  • The Strikers – Body Music (1982)
  • Surface – Falling in Love (1983)
  • Taylor Dayne – I'll Wait (1993)
  • Taylor Dayne – Say A Prayer (1995)
  • Technotronic – Techno Medley (1990)
  • Terence Trent D'arby – Dance Little Sister (1987)
  • Terence Trent D'arby – If You Let Me Stay (1987)
  • Terry Lewis – Can You Feel It (1984)
  • Third World – One To One (1985)
  • Third World – Sense of Purpose (1985)
  • Thompson Twins – In the Name of Love (1988)
  • Thompson Twins – Sugar Daddy (1989)
  • Timex Social Club – Rumors (1986)
  • Timex Social Club – Thinkin' About Ya (1986)
  • Tina Turner – Foreign Affair (1989)
  • TKA – I Won't Give Up On You (1989)
  • Toney Lee – Reach Up (1986)
  • Tracie Spencer – This Time Make It Funky (1990)
  • 2 Brave – After Midnight (1989)
  • Unlimited Touch – Reach Out (Everlasting Lover) (1984)
  • Unlimited Touch – Searching To Find The One (1982)
  • Unique – You Make Me Feel So Good (1984)
  • Vaughan & Butch Dayo Mason – Party on the Corner (1983)
  • Vaughan & Butch Dayo Mason – You Can Do It (1982)
  • Visual – The Music Got Me (1985)
  • The Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element – Don't Push Your Lock (1986)
  • The Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element – Jump Back (1986)
  • Wang Chung – Let's Go! (1986)
  • Warp 9 – Light Years Away (1983)
  • Weeks & Co. – Going Out of My Dream (1983)
  • Weeks & Co. – Good to the Last Drop (1983)
  • Weeks & Co. – If You're Looking For Fun (1983)
  • Weeks & Co. – Knock, Knock (1983)
  • Weeks & Co. – Rock Candy (1983)
  • Weeks & Co. – Rockin' It in the Pocket (1983)
  • Weeks & Co. – Rock Your World (1983)
  • Weeks & Co. – Tunnel of Love (1983)
  • Weeks & Co. – Your Next Door Neighbor (1983)
  • Wild Party – No One Knows (1987)
  • Will To Power – Fading Away (1988)
  • The Wrestlers – Land of a Thousand Dances?!!? (1985)
  • Whitney Houston – I Belong To You (1991)
  • Whitney Houston – So Emotional (1987)

Selected album production/writing credits[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Capuzzo, Jill P. (6 August 2000). "An Active Night Scene Is a Major Attraction". The New York Times. Retrieved 2021-12-31.
  2. ^ "Erotica Diaries". Shep Pettibone Official Website (in French). Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. ^ Caulfeild, Keith (July 3, 2015). "Fourth of July Party Playlist: Let Madonna Producer Shep Pettibone DJ Your BBQ". Billboard.
  4. ^ Corp, Eddie (July 5, 2021). "Shep Pettibone: The Surgeon of the Dance Floor – Culture". Digis Mak.
  5. ^ "This forthcoming Shep Pettibone remix collection looks sublime". 909originals.
  6. ^ Capuzzo, Jill P. (August 6, 2000). "An Active Night Scene Is a Major Attraction". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Joe Marchese. "Dance Out of My Head: Demon Collects Shep Pettibone Mixes from Whitney, Elton, Lionel, More on New Box Set." The Second Disc. 8 July 2021. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Producer of Madonna's "Vogue" Wins Fees Fight With Warner on Appeal". Hollywood Report. Hollywood Report.
  9. ^ "Shep Pettibone Wins Back Royalties on Madonna's Vogue". 5 Mag. 5 Mag.
  10. ^ "Madonna wins Vogue copyright case in US appeal court". The Guardian.

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