Wide Receiver

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Although Michael Henderson was best known for romantic ballads and smooth quiet storm grooves in the mid- to late '70s, his biggest hit was the quirky funk smoker "Wide Receiver." When this 1980 gem soared to number four on the R&B singles charts and Buddah followed it up with another funk single, "Prove It" Henderson's cynical commentary on the entertainment business, the R&B press acted like he had suddenly turned into George Clinton or Bootsy Collins. But in fact, the singer/bassist had always been capable of providing wicked funk grooves; anyone who had heard "Whip It" not to be confused with the Devo hit and "I Can't Help It" on 1977's Goin' Places, or ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Although Michael Henderson was best known for romantic ballads and smooth quiet storm grooves in the mid- to late '70s, his biggest hit was the quirky funk smoker "Wide Receiver." When this 1980 gem soared to number four on the R&B singles charts and Buddah followed it up with another funk single, "Prove It" Henderson's cynical commentary on the entertainment business, the R&B press acted like he had suddenly turned into George Clinton or Bootsy Collins. But in fact, the singer/bassist had always been capable of providing wicked funk grooves; anyone who had heard "Whip It" not to be confused with the Devo hit and "I Can't Help It" on 1977's Goin' Places, or "Happy" on 1978's In the Night Time could attest to that. The truth is that Wide Receiver isn't much different from Henderson's previous releases, with its hardcore funk jams taking up one-third of the album at best, and romantic ballads, slow jams, and quiet storm material dominating the self-produced Wide Receiver just as they had dominated In the Night Time, Solid, Goin' Places, and Do It All. It's just that this time, Buddah chose to give the funk tunes the most promotion; nonetheless, the quiet storm formats that favored smooth album tracks like "Reach Out for Me" and Henderson's cover of the Four Tops' "Ask the Lonely" knew that he hadn't abandoned them. Even though Wide Receiver contained Henderson's biggest hit, it wasn't his best-selling album; that honor goes to 1978's gold In the Night Time. But Wide Receiver sold respectably, and it was a valuable addition to his catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/1997
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724385643927
  • Catalog Number: 56439

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Henderson Primary Artist, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Crowd Noise
Carol Hall Vocals, Background Vocals
Pamela Brown Voices, Crowd Noise
Johnny Allen Conductor
Lorenzo Brown Percussion
Ollie E. Brown Drums
Eli Fontaine Saxophone
Bobby Franklin Drums
Miguel Fuentes Percussion
Cory Heath Percussion, Drums, Voices, Hand Clapping, Crowd Noise
Sheila Horne Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Iacopelli Synthesizer
Randall Jacobs Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Voices, Hand Clapping, Crowd Noise
Venna Keith Vocals, Background Vocals
Kathy Kosins Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeanette McFruder Vocals
Gary Nester Keyboards, Voices, Hand Clapping, Crowd Noise
Cheryl Norton Vocals, Background Vocals
Ron Pangborn Drums
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Sylvester Rivers Piano
Roz Ryan Vocals, Background Vocals
Manon Saulsby Keyboards
Erik Wallace Drums
Ernestro Wilson Keyboards
Jeannette McGruder Background Vocals
Marvin White Voices, Hand Clapping, Crowd Noise
Duane Harris Voices, Hand Clapping, Crowd Noise
Technical Credits
Johnny Allen String Arrangements
Michael Braunstein Engineer
David Brown Producer
Mark Calice Engineer
Jim Gallagher Engineer
Michael Henderson Arranger, Producer, Contributor, rhythm arrangement
Randall Jacobs Contributor, rhythm arrangement
Charles Levan Producer
Cheryl Pawelski Producer
Jim Vitti Engineer
Tom Cartwright Executive Producer
Dan Storper Producer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Kirsten Kupper Producer
Donn Davenport Art Direction
Colleen Graven Producer
Valerie Skard Producer
Adam Varon Producer
Jim Coffee Producer
Linda Richard Producer
Jim Gallager Engineer
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