“Honestly, there were never any commercial expectations or aspirations for the album. We just got together to cook up a gumbo. Detroit, New Orleans, funk, jazz, torch, country and some great, great musicians to bring the flavors together. ” Joel Palmer, 2021.
Betty Lou Landreth’s ‘Betty Lou’ album was recorded in Detroit in 1979. Produced and released by Detroit-born jazz historian Joel Palmer on his YaYa, Inc. label, the album features many veteran and esteemed Detroit and New Orleans Jazzmen. Alongside Joel, producer and arranger Charlie Gabriel wrote five original compositions for the album including ‘I Can’t Stop’, recruiting some of Motor City’s top fellow musicians for the session, including his longtime friend and housemate, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, drummer J.C. Heard, Motown Funk Brothers’ pianist Joe Hunter, trumpeters Herbie Wilson and John Wilson, keys player Emmanuel Riggins, bassist Hubie Crawford, Travis Biggs, the Body sisters and many more. Gabriel’s father Martin ‘Manny’ Gabriel, a clarinetist and drummer, also penned a song and performed with Charlie’s brother August.