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Linda Lawley – Love Strike [1989]

Country USA          

Style Melodic Rock/WestCoast AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members Linda Lawley – Lead vocals, Danny Pelfrey – Keyboards, guitars, drums, bass, backing vocals, James Donnellan – Guitar, bass, drums, backing vocals

Additional Musicians Mark Ross – Keyboards, Chet McCracken – Drums, Jerry Donahue – Guitar, Bill Lanphier – Bass, Rod Piazza – Harmonica, Linda Harmon,Angel Rogers,Lorraine Feather,Pat Hawk,Baron Longfellow,Owny Rutlidge – Backing vocals

Tracks 01. Drums, 02. Workin’ On Your Weakness, 03. I Came To Dance, 04. Creature Of Habit, 05. Love Strike, 06. The Message, 07. Just Thinkin’ About You, 08. Gotta Be Love, 09. I Believe In Love, 10. Too Much In Love

Profile Linda Lawley, also sometimes known as Linda Lee Lawley, or by her married name of Linda Lawley Pelfrey, was best known as a singer with the sunshine pop group “Eternity’s Children”. But her work with that Mississippi-spawned outfit was only a small part of a 40-year career in music that started when she was in her teens. Lawley’s beautiful alto singing was a highlight of their sunshine pop sound, which could easily have made them an earthier competitor to Spanky & Our Gang, yet somehow, the group never connected with the public the way they should have.

Following the band’s breakup, she headed for New York City, where she appeared in several theatrical productions, including Hair. The Earl of Ruston, and Iphigenia, the latter (the cast of which included Patti Lupone) bringing her to London. She turned to songwriting in the wake of Iphigenia, in partnership with fellow cast member Margaret Dorn. Lawley did extensive work as a backup singer behind artists including B.J. Thomas, Petula Clark, and Kiss (just before they took on that name) and, with Dorn, formed the performing duet Lady in the mid-’70s.

She later joined the Los Angeles-based septet Thieves — the group broke up after recording one album, Yucatan (1980), on Arista, but Lawley and two other ex-members of the group, Jerry Donahue and Russ Buchanan, later formed Roommates, which became a top cabaret act in Los Angeles over the next decade, into the 1990s. She later married and formed a musical partnership with Danny Pelfrey — the two ended up touring with Carole King on the latter’s return to concertizing. Lawley died of cancer late in 2007.

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