Thursday 6/23/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Carly Simon – Boys In The Trees (1978)

Boys in the Trees is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released by Elektra Records, in April 1978.

The lead single, “You Belong to Me”, reached No. 6 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, becoming Simon’s fifth Top 10 pop hit, and earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. The second single, a remake of The Everly Brothers’ 1958 hit “Devoted to You” (sung as a duet with then-husband James Taylor), also reached the Top 40, peaking at No. 36. The singles also hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at No. 4 and No. 2, respectively. The track “Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)” reached No. 86 on the US Cashbox Pop chart. Boys in the Trees became one of Simon’s biggest selling albums; it was officially certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on August 7, 1978, for sales of over one million copies in the United States alone.

  1. “You Belong to Me” 3:52
  2. “Boys in the Trees” 3:13
  3. “Back Down to Earth” 3:08
  4. “Devoted to You” 2:29
  5. “De Bat (Fly in Me Face)” 2:28
  6. “Haunting” 2:28
  7. “Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)” 4:02
  8. “You’re the One” 3:38
  9. “In a Small Moment” 3:08
  10. “One Man Woman” 3:39
  11. “For Old Times Sake” 3:41

Carly Simon – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 7, 8, 11), acoustic guitar (2, 3, 11)
Richard Tee – Fender Rhodes, (1, 4), acoustic piano (3, 8, 10)
Ken Bichel – acoustic piano (6), Fender Rhodes (9), ARP synthesizer (9)
Don Grolnick – Fender Rhodes (7), ARP String Ensemble (7)
Cornell Dupree – electric guitar (1, 8, 10)
Eric Gale – electric guitar (1)
Jeff Mironov – acoustic guitar (2), electric guitar (3)
John Hall – electric guitar (3), backing vocals (5)
Hugh McCracken – electric guitar solo (4)
Hamish Stuart – guitar (7), backing vocals (7, 8)
Onnie McIntyre – guitar (7)
Stuart Scharf – electric guitar (9), acoustic guitar (11), autoharp (11)
Gordon Edwards – bass (1, 8, 10)
Will Lee – bass (3, 4)
Tony Levin – bass (7, 8, 9)
Steve Gadd – drums (1-4, 6-10)
David Carey – marimba (2)
Rubens Bassini – percussion (5)
Errol “Crusher” Bennett – bass drum (5), congas (5), percussion (10)
David Sanborn – alto saxophone (1)
Harvey Estrin – soprano and tenor recorders (2)
George Marge – soprano and tenor recorders (2)
Phil Bodner – oboe (6)
Gloria Agostini – harp (6)
Margaret Ross – harp (6)
Joe Farrell – flute (9)
Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone (10)
Arif Mardin – horn and string arrangements, conductor, glass harmonica (11)
Gene Orloff – concertmaster
James Taylor – backing vocals (1, 2, 5, 7), acoustic guitar (2-5), vocal arrangement (5), horn arrangements (7)
Harvey Estrin – alto saxophone
George Young – alto saxophone
Ronnie Cuber – baritone saxophone
Jaroslav Jakubovič – baritone saxophone
Eddie Bert – trombone
Barry Rogers – trombone
Randy Brecker – trumpet
James Buffington – French horn
Brooks Tillotson – French horn
Roderick George – backing vocals (5)
Luther Vandross – backing vocals (5)
Ken Williams – backing vocals (5)
Steven Dickson – backing vocals (6)
Marc Embree – backing vocals (6)
Alyia Orme – backing vocals (6)
Joanna Simon – backing vocals (6)
Lucy Simon – backing vocals (6)
Cissy Houston – backing vocals (7)
Alex Ligertwood – backing vocals (8)
Jonathan Abramowitz, Lamar Alsop, Julien Barber, Alfred Brown, Fredrick Buldrini, Paul Gershman, Ted Hoyle, Theodore Israel, Harold Kohon, Jesse Levy, Charles Libove, Guy Lumia, Joe Malin, Yoko Matsuo, Homer Mensch, Kermit Moore, Marvin Morgenstern, Alan Shulman, Mitsue Takayama and Gerald Tarack – strings

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