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Bill LaBounty

Bill LaBounty

Bill LaBounty's first recording work was "Country Morning / Hello Misery" as the member of "Fat Chance" and also released the same title album in 1972. Then, his first album "Promised Love" was released in 1975 from 20th Century Records, but no big success. It is interesting that "This Night Won't Last Forever" (b/w "Corporate Rock& Roll) was released as the last single records under 20th Century Records before being released his second album "This Night Won't Last Forever" in 1978 under Curb Records. The title track "This Night Won't Last Forever" was just ranked # 65 on Billboard Pop Chart for 2 weeks, but Michael Johnson also covers the same and this version ranked #19 in 1979.
Bill released two more albums, "Rain In My Life" in 1979 and "Bill LaBounty" in 1982 under Curb Records. The highest chart position of the track "Never Gonna Look Back" from the album "Bill LaBounty" was #110 on Billboard Pop Chart (#22 on Adult Contemporary Chart). The unsuccessful result in the industry made him behind the music scene, and thus Bill has been known as a songwriter rather than a singer since 1983. His composition works are "Holding Out" by Peter Cetera including the album titled "One More Story"(1988), "No Explanation" by Peter Cetera from the movie soundtrack "Pretty Woman"(1990).
Bill restarted as a singer by releasing the album "The Right Direction" for Japanese AOR/Westcoast market in 1991, and afterwards this album was released also in the United States under Noteworthy Records with 2 bonus tracks which are live recording tracks in Japan. His Curb Records days albums are still very popular among Japanese and European AOR/Westcoast lovers and you can listen to many cover versions of LaBounty's melodies such as "Livin' It Up" by Ricky Peterson.




Back To Your Star

    • Label: Chill Pill Records (USA), T.a.c.s Records (Japan) <TACM7>
    • Release Date: June (USA, Europe), May 27, 2009 (Japan)
    • Producers: Danny Parks and himself
    • Bill LaBounty: Lead & Background Vocals, Electric Piano, Keyboards
    • Musicians:
      • Bass: David Hungate, Michael Rhodes
      • Guitars: Danny Parks. Larry Carlton
      • Drums: Braian Fullen, Tommy Wells
      • Acoustic Piano: Gordon Mote
      • Sax: Sam Levine
      • Blues Harp, Harmonica: Robbie Dupree
      • Percussion: Steve Wariner
      • Background Vocals: Robbie Dupree, Suzanne Young, Tom Flora, Steve Wariner
    • Tracks (US/International edition)
      1. Back To Your Star
      2. California Turnaround
      3. Dianne
      4. Stay High
      5. Old Habits
      6. Running On Fumes
      7. Cinderella
      8. Hwy 85
      9. Golden Now
      10. The Wheels Are Coming Off
      11. Fly Away
      12. River Girl
      13. California Turnaround (radio mix)

Bill Champlin / No Place Left To Fall

  • Tracks (Japanese edition)
    1. California Turnaround
    2. Back To Your Star
    3. Dianne
    4. Hwy 85
    5. Stay High
    6. Old Habits
    7. Fumes
    8. Cinderella
    9. Golden Now
    10. The Wheels Are Coming Off
    11. Fly Away
    12. River Girl
    13. Livin’ It Up (new acoustic version)

Bill LaBoubty's Discography

  Bill LaBounty released great works internationally besides the above-mentioned album. I would hereby let you have his international release discography as follows:

Album Title

Original Release Year



Promised Love


20th Century Records, USA (T-492)

Jay Senter

No Credit

  1. Lie To Me
  2. Together
  3. Crazy
  4. I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without Me
  5. Always Be Near
  6. Take A Step (Yesterday Waltz)
  7. Pretty Little Angel
  8. Open Your Eyes
  9. Another Drunk
This Night Won't Last Forever

This Night Won't Last Forever


Curb Records, USA

(Reissued CD) 1st: Jan 21, 1991 <BMG Victor, Japan: BVCP-2001>,

2nd: Aug. 21, 1991 <Curb Japan: ALCB313>,

3rd: Jan.21, 2000 <Curb-Denon, Japan: COCB-83234>

Jay Senter

Larrie Londin, Jeff Porcaro, Jim Gordon, Mike Baird
Bass :
Lee Sklar, Stu Woods, David Shields, Jack Williams
Dean Parks, Lee Riteneour, Ray Parker Jr., Steve Gibson
Shane Keister, Mike Melvoin

and others....

  1. This Night Won't Last Forever
  2. Room 205
  3. In 25 Words Or Less
  4. Open Your Eyes
  5. Little Girl In Blue Jeans
  6. Lie To Me
  7. Who's Gonna Hold You
  8. Crazy
  9. A Tear Can Tell
  10. I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without me
Rain In My Life

Rain In My Life


Curb Records, USA

(Reissued CD) 1st: Jan 30, 1991 <BMG Victor, Japan: BVCP-2002>

2nd: Aug. 21, 1991 <Curb Japan: ALCB314>

3rd: Jan. 21, 2000 <Curb-Denon, Japan: COCB-83235>

Jay Senter

Jack White, Roy Yeager
David Jackson, Jack Williams, Reggie McBride
Ron Culbertson, Steve Gibson
Randy Hart, Shane Keister
Jim Gordon
Mike Harvey
Tommy Morgan
Background Vocals:
Marcy Levy, Randy Hart
  1. Dancin' Tonight
  2. Trail To Your Heart
  3. Isn't It A Cry
  4. Drops Of Water
  5. I'm Hurtin'
  6. Sometimes Love Songs Make Me Cry
  7. What About You
  8. Clap Me In Irons
  9. To Hear The Band
  10. Little Rivers
Bill LaBounty

Bill LaBounty


Curb Records, USA

(Reissued CD) 1st: Jan 21, 1990 <BMG Victor, Japan: B23D-41089>

2nd: Aug. 21, 1991 <Curb Japan: ALCB315>

3rd: Jan. 21, 2000 <Curb-Denon, Japan: COCB-83236>

Russ Titelman

Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro
Chuck Rainey
Dean Parks, Steve Lukather
Greg Phillinganes
David Sanborn
Lenny Castro

Background Vocal:

Patti Austin, Stephen Bishop, Leslie Smith, James Taylor, Jennifer Warnes, Gwen Dickey
  1. Livin' It Up
  2. Didn't Want To Say Goodbye
  3. Dream On
  4. Slow Fade
  5. Comin' Back
  6. Look Who's Lonely Now
  7. Never Gonna Look Back
  8. It Used To Be Me
  9. Nobody's Fool
  10. Secrets
Bill LaBounty Japanese LP version jacket

Japanese LP jacket


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