LO'S PICK OF THE DAY - "How Much Love" - Leo Sayer
Originally featured on Inside MusiCast
This FUNKY song from Leo Sayer was track #3 on Side B of his 1976 "Endless Flight" LP and released as a single in late 1977.
Co-written with Barry Mann, this song is all dance and feeling good.
The personnel is off the chart...
Bass – Chuck Rainey
Drums – Steve Gadd
Lead Guitar – Ray Parker Jr.
Percussion – Bobbye Hall Porter
Piano – Richard Tee
Rhythm Guitar – Larry Carlton who I just happen to see a few days ago.
And arranged By [Strings], Conductor – Gene Page
From the moment this song begins, it's a journey of Soft Rock, Pop, Disco with some great moments of funk.
Our power is off today. And Yinka suggested we spend the time singing!! Ha! So my daughter and I were in the car running errands when this song came on the radio and I had been mulling over what to choose for today's "Pick." She's 18 and totally loves this song and Leo. So what do we do!? We start singing along! With the radio up loud and we both groove on those harmonies. The harmonies are so incredible! And honestly, with Leo's high energy level of singing, harmonies were his strength in writing these timeless hits.
No matter where you are, if you love the hits of the 70s, you cannot help but sing along to his songs such as "When I Need You," "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing", "Long Tall Glasses" and "How Much Love."
And I have to add, that this song is so good, that it sounds just as fresh today as it did when it was recorded in 1976.
My daughter commented during the song how much she loved the piano which was provided by Richard and she loved the drums and percussion! It's so cool to listen to her articulation of instruments. My daughter has some great ears! Because I tend to focus only on certain parts, my daughter stopped me and told me that we needed to not dissect the song and just enjoy it in full! And she's right!
We enjoyed it so much that we had to play it again online. You can't help but feel good listening to this! When we got home, I pulled out my album to show her that I had it! She just about fell over and said that she is going to steal it from me!
Turn this up and start grooving!!