D.L. Byron: the music

I find it hard to believe that this album fell on deaf ears when it was released in 1980. Apparently, the leadoff single was the first song on the album, which clocks in at 1:37! All the songs were written in 1979 except "Lorryanne", which was written in 1976 and leads me to believe that it was covered by someone else at the time (as yet unconfirmed). All 10 tracks on the album are originals; there are two cover songs that were released elsewhere, and sound like they were recorded with the sessions for the album. Hope you like it! - Ron G

D.L. Byron - This Day And Age

Arista LP #AB 4258, 1980
All songs written by D. L. Byron
Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Jon Small
Engineered by Shelly Yakus

  1. Listen To The Heartbeat 1:37 Lyrics

  2. 21st Century Man 2:54 Lyrics

  3. Big Boys 4:40 Lyrics

  4. Get With It 2:28 Lyrics

  5. Love In Motion 2:18 Lyrics

  6. No Romance, No Weekend, No Love 2:56 Lyrics

  7. Am I Falling In Love Again 2:23 Lyrics

  8. Lorryanne 3:43 Lyrics

  9. Today 3:19 Lyrics

  10. Backstage Girl 3:01 Lyrics

Album credits:

All words and Music by D. L. Byron

Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Jon Small

Engineer: Shelly Yakus
Assistant Engineer: Gray Russell
Additional engineering by Jay Messina

Arrangements: D. L. Byron - Protector 4 - and special thanks to Tom Morrongeillo

Direction: Jon Small

Recorded at the Record Plant, New York City
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

MUSICIANS
D. L. Byron: Lead Vocal and 12 String Electric Guitar
PROTECTOR 4 Are:
Thommy Price: Drums and Vocal
Joey Vasta: Bass and Vocal
Matt Lambert: Guitar 1 and Vocal
Robert Sarzo: Guitar 2 and Leads [Tracks 2, 4, 8, 9]
WITH:
Tom Morrongeillo: Guitar Leads [Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10]
Michael Kenny: Additional Background Vocals [Tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]
Bernard Kenny: Guitar [Tracks 1, 5]

Special Thanks to:
Clive Davis, Robert Feiden, Jon Small, E. Judith Hirschman Berger, Joseph Lloyd Serling, Charles Brucia, Tina Ball and Rising Artists, Laurie Ann Harris, Abbey Konowitch, Benny Mardones, God

Stylist: Hui Wang
Set Design: Aoki
Photography: Garry Gross
Album Design: Katrinka Blickle
Art Direction: Donn Davenport

For further information, write:
D. L. Byron
P.O. Box 3887
Grand Central Station
New York, N.Y. 10017

All songs copyright 1979 Inner Sanctum (BMI) except "Lorryanne" copyright 1976 Inner Sanctum (BMI)
Lyrics reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Some scanned artwork (at least what I could fit on my scanner):

LP front | LP back | Label front | Label back | Some artwork from sleeve | Notes 1 | Notes 2 | Notes 3


After This Day And Age, D.L. Byron released a 45 on Arista: "Down In The Boondocks"/"21st Century Man". The B-side came from This Day And Age, but the A-side didn't appear on any album at all. Listen for Billy Joel singing in the background.

Down In The Boondocks 3:30

Taken from A-side of Arista 7" #AS0524, 1980
Written by Joe South
Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Jon Small
Engineer: Shelly Yakus
Additional Engineers: John Jansen, Sam Ginsberg
Published by Lowery Music Co., Inc. BMI

PLAYERS:
D. L. Byron - Lead Vocal
PROTECTOR 4:
Thommy Price - Drums
Joey Vasta, Jr - Bass
Mat Lambert - Guitar
Robert Sarzo - Lead Guitar
WITH
Billy Joel - Background Vocals
Rich Cannata - Sax
Peter Wood - Keyboards

Hit US#9 in 1965 for Billy Joe Royal

Sleeve front | Sleeve back | Label front (promo) | Label back (promo)


Also after This Day And Age, D.L. Byron recorded a cover of "You Can't Hurry Love" for the soundtrack to Times Square, a production by Robert Stigwood (of RSO Records) that was probably meant to duplicate the success of Grease and Saturday Night Fever. I didn't see the movie, but the soundtrack is full of pop gems and rarities from the likes of Joe Jackson, The Cure, The Talking Heads, The Pretenders, XTC and Suzi Quatro. Fine stuff!

You Can't Hurry Love 3:04

Taken from LP Times Square - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, RSO #4203, 1980
Written by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland
Produced by Jimmy Iovine with Jon Small
Published by Stone Agate Music Division BMI
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc, 1980

Hit US#1 in 1966 for The Supremes, and would later hit US#10 in 1983 for Phil Collins.

LP front (1) | LP front (2) | LP back (1) | LP back (2) | Credits from sleeve | Label


When D.L. Byron began compiling songs for his second album (which was never released), the leadoff single was supposed to be a song called "Shadows Of The Night". The song exists in unreleased demo form (with Dino Danelli from the Rascals playing drums!), but hasn't been officially released anywhere. The song was later covered nicely by Rachel Sweet, then by Pat Benatar, then again by Randy Vanwarmer ("Just When I Needed You Most", 1979). All four versions are featured here:


Shadows Of The Night (unreleased demo version) - D.L. Byron

Written by D.L. Byron
Full band demo version, featuring Dino Danelli from the Rascals playing drums!
This is the version that was rejected by Clive Davis as not being commercial enough!
Many thanks to D.L. for personally providing this track, which was recorded in 1981 and has never seen the light of day.

Shadows Of The Night - Rachel Sweet 3:59

Taken from LP ...And Then He Kissed Me, Columbia #37077, 1981
Words and music by D.L. Byron
Additional lyrics by Rachel Sweet
Produced by Rick Chertoff
Engineer/Associate Producer: William Wittman
Assistant engineers: Steve Marcantonio, Eric Korte

MUSICIANS [for whole album]:
Drums: Richard Crooks, Al Wotton
Bass: Neil Jason, Mike Joyce
Keyboards: Ralph Schuckett, Paul Hollowell
Guitars: David Spinozza, John Hardy, Al Trudell, Rick DiFonzo (appears courtey of Arista Records, Inc.), Eric Bazilian
Synthesizers: Ed Walsh
Saxophones: Lou Marini, Greg Scott (appears courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.), Jeff Kirk
Background Vocals: Maeretha Stewart, Ullanda McCullough (appears courtesy of Atlantic Records), Hilda Harris, Betty Wright, Jeanette Williams, Margaret Reynolds

Rhythm arrangements: David Wolfert, Rick Chertoff

Special thanks to: Don DeVito, Lynn Goldsmith, Mitch and Timothy

Recorded and Mixed at The Record Plant, New York City
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, N.Y.

LP front (1) | LP front (2) | LP back (1) | LP back (2) | Label | Lyrics


Shadows Of The Night - Pat Benatar

Taken from November 6, 1982 episode of American Top 40, but originally released on Chrysalis 7" #2647 (3:40, 1982), and on album Get Nervous (1982).
Written by D.L. Byron
Produced by Neil Geraldo and Peter Coleman
Published by Inner Sanctum (BMI)

Peaked at US#13 on 11 Dec 1982.


Shadows Of The Night - Randy Vanwarmer

Taken from Bearsville LP The Things That You Dream (1983).
Written by D.L. Byron
Produced by David Kershenbaum

There are several other songs that D.L. Byron wrote that found their way onto other people's albums in the early 1980s, including a bunch for Benny Mardones. They're all featured below, and most are detailed on D.L's own website at www.zenarcherrecords.com


Midnight Love - Laurie and the Sighs 3:19

Taken from LP Laurie and the Sighs, Atlantic #19268, 1980
Written by D.L. Byron and James Gregory
Published by Inner Sanctum, BMI/James Gregory Music, ASCAP
Produced by Roger Probert

MUSICIANS:
Laurie Beecham - Vocals
and The Sighs are:
Tony Salinas - Guitars
Demo Ray Agcaoili - Drums and percussion
David Wofford - Bass
Derek Fox - Piano

Recorded and mastered at Atlantic Studios, New York, Newv York.
Recording engineers: Bill Dooley and Tom Heid
Mixed by: Bill Dooley and Tom Heid
Mastered by: Dennis King
Photography: Robert Lewis
Art Director: Bob Defrin

Special Thanks to:
Wodgie, J.B. Kelly, Dolly B., Claudia C., Arthur, Rose Lush, Papa Gino, Mike rudell, Marty Garcia and Crystal Sound, Mel Schissel, Terry Dunn and Tramps, Tina, Disco Linda S., Martin C., Janice S., Brian K., Dewar's White Label and The Gang at Joey Farrell's, Diane, Liz and the entire Atlantic Family.

Very Special Thanks to Jim Delehant and to Roger Probert for vision and M'Boys.

Artist Management:
Arthur M. Mann
117 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Write to Laurie and The Sighs at:
G.P.O. Box 1673
New York, New York 10001

LP front | LP back | Track listing | Credits | Label


Run To Me - Chubby Checker

Taken from MCA LP The Change Has Come (1982)
Written by D.L. Byron and Benny Mardones
Produced by Evan Pace

Hold On (Hands Around Your Heart) - Drive She Said

Taken from CBS Associated LP Drive She Said (1989)
Written by D.L. Byron and Mark Mangold
Produced by Mark Mangold

Your Own Man - Benny Mardones

Taken from Private Stock LP Thank God For Girls (1978)
Written by Benny Mardones and D.L. Byron
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham

From Your Heart - Benny Mardones

Taken from Private Stock LP Thank God For Girls (1978)
Written by Benny Mardones and D.L. Byron
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham

Thank God For Girls - Benny Mardones

Taken from Private Stock LP Thank God For Girls (1978)
Written by Benny Mardones, D.L. Byron and Hayden Wayne
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham

Susquehanna Lady - Benny Mardones

Taken from Private Stock LP Thank God For Girls (1978)
Written by Benny Mardones and D.L. Byron
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham

Hold Me Down - Benny Mardones

Taken from Private Stock LP Thank God For Girls (1978)
Written by Benny Mardones, D.L. Byron and Hayden Wayne
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham

She's So French - Benny Mardones

Taken from Polydor LP Never Run Never Hide (1980)
Written by Benny Mardones and D.L. Byron
Produced by Barry Mraz

Crazy Boy - Benny Mardones

Taken from Polydor LP Never Run Never Hide (1980)
Written by Benny Mardones and D.L. Byron
Produced by Barry Mraz

Hold Me Down - Benny Mardones

Taken from Polydor LP Never Run Never Hide (1980)
Written by Benny Mardones, D.L. Byron and Hayden Wayne
Produced by Barry Mraz

American Bandstand - Benny Mardones

Taken from Polydor LP Never Run Never Hide (1980)
Written by Benny Mardones and D.L. Byron
Produced by Barry Mraz

Hometown Girls - Benny Mardones

Taken from Polydor LP Never Run Never Hide (1980)
Written by Benny Mardones and D.L. Byron
Produced by Barry Mraz