You Are My Starship

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You Are My Starship
Studio album by
RecordedFebruary and March 1976
StudioElectric Lady Studios and Sound Ideas Studios, New York City
LabelBuddah Records
Norman Connors chronology
Saturday Night Special
You Are My Starship
Romantic Journey
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]

You Are My Starship is an album by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania jazz drummer Norman Connors. Released in 1976 on Buddah Records, it featured bass player/vocalist Michael Henderson and Philadelphia vocalist Phyllis Hyman. The album reached number five on the US R&B chart and number one on the Jazz chart.

The single, "You Are My Starship", charted at number four on the US R&B single chart. The boat on the front cover belonged to actor John Wayne.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "We Both Need Each Other" (Michael Henderson) 4:07 Lead Vocals – Michael Henderson & Phyllis Hyman
  2. "Betcha By Golly Wow" (Linda Creed, Thom Bell) 6:17 Lead Vocals – Phyllis Hyman
  3. "Bubbles" (Shunzo Ono) 6:11
  4. 'You Are My Starship" (Michael Henderson) 4:23 Lead Vocals – Michael Henderson
  5. "Just Imagine" (Onaje Allan Gumbs) 3:58
  6. "So Much Love" (Norman Connors) 2:35 Lead Vocals – Norman Connors
  7. "The Creator Has a Master Plan (Peace)" (Leon Thomas, Pharoah Sanders) 6:50


  • Norman Connors - drums, timpani, arrangements
  • Michael Henderson - bass, vocals
  • Phyllis Hyman - vocals
  • Onaje Allan Gumbs - electric piano, string Arp synthesizer
  • Ian Underwood - string Arp synthesizer, Mini-Moog synthesizer
  • Hubert Eaves III - harpsichord, piano
  • Lee Ritenour, Keith Loving- guitar
  • Anthony Jackson, Larry McRae - bass
  • Tom Scott - melodica
  • Don Alias, Neil Clarke - percussion, congas
  • Carter Jefferson, Gary Bartz - alto and soprano saxophone
  • Earl McIntyre - trombone
  • Shunzo Ono - trumpet
  • Art Webb - flute
  • Doc Kirksey- cello
  • Mary Ellen Ewing - viola
  • Gayle Dixon Clay, John Blake, Noel Pointer - violin
  • Mareatha Stewart, Sharon Redd, Tasha Thomas - backing vocals


Year Album Chart positions[2]
Jazz Albums
1976 You Are My Starship 39 5 2


Year Single Chart positions[3]
1976 "We Both Need Each Other" 23
"You Are My Starship" 27 4
"Betcha By Golly Wow" 29


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  2. ^ "Norman Connors US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-08-14.
  3. ^ "Norman Conners US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-08-14.

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