I thank God for getting us through this record in spite of many obstacles and I thank Him for His wisdom, His grace, His love and for my talents and the talents of the people that worked with me jointly on this project.
To Keith Diamond, thank you for relentlessly pursuing and persisting to write, produce and complete this album, also for the many lessons that you taught me through your diligent caring about every little detail. This is just the beginning of a male buddy bonding thing. And remember, you may be just Keith to me, but you're Mr. Rabbit Killer (just a joke) to everyone else.
To Ahmet Ertegün, Doug Morris, Paul Cooper, Tunc Erim, Mary Timmons and all the people at Atlantic Records that worked on this project, thank you so much for all your support and help on this record.
To Max Hole, Kick van Hengel, Tracy Nicholas Bledsoe and Greta Schickersinsky, thank you for all your time, attention and support on this record.
A special thanks to Kick van Hengel, Tunc Erim, Tracy Nicholas Bledsoe and Paul Cooper for holding my hand through this album.
To all the writers, Keith Diamond, Larry Henley, Anthony Smith, Eve Nelson, Paul Chiten, and Donna Wyant, thank you so much for helping to construct the songs and the grooves on this album. Thanks for your ideas, your help and you have permanent membership in the R.K. Brigade.
To George Karras, thank you for hanging in there through the long hours, back pains, headaches and through things that go thump in the night, (like the bass line). You're a sweetheart.
To Bernie Becker, thank you for all your long hours, hard work and for all of your help. Congratulations on your new studio!
To Gerry Rosenblatt, thank you for cutting through all the red tape and making it understandable to me. Thank you for all your years of assistance, kindness and friendship, it does not go unnoticed. You are very special to me. Besides, anyone that can put up with me on a daily basis has got to be special. So for all the times that I didn't say it, thank you.
To Gary Kress and Murphy & Kress, thank you for keeping all the finances in order and for all your support and assistance in the making of this record.
To Jack & Carolyn Solomon and all my friends at Circle Fine Arts Gallery, thanks for your patience and support.
To Stig Edgren, thanks for your guidance, for believing in me and giving me direction when I really needed it.
To Mary Loving, thank you for all your help and assistance.
To Patricia Mclaughlin, thank you for all of your help and assistance.
To Ceil Kasha, thank you for your constant attention, your support, your caring, your mothering and your nagging me on to greater heights. Thanks for being a sister, a cheerleader and most of all my armour bearer. And yes, I am a lizard.
To Gina Delgado, thank you for all your prayers, support, your patience, for listening, for being a sounding board and a friend. Also to your family, Dorothy Miller and De Mario Hurst. Come on De Mario, make me proud of you.
To Bertha Joffrion and Lona Pyle at Sa-Hair-Ahh, Christina Ackah, Toni Parham, Rita Milske and Helen Staal, thank you for your patience, time and your attention. It paid off girlfriends.
To Pat Naderhoff, it's great to be back together again.
To Mary Barbairen and all the folks at Bon Choix, thank you for all your patience, time and hard work.
To Paul Bahn, Gerardo Bernard, Mary Ellen Bernard, Buzz Bolton, Bob Conti, Robby Edwards, Mari Falcone, Dave Hackbarth, Gregg Ham, Warren Ham, Jeff Lams, Gene Miller, Susan Miller, Randy Mitchell, Keith Nelson, Dick Olson, Marge Olson, Bobby Stewart, Shawn Dean, Neil Thomas, and Ricky Walters, thank you all for your years of support and love.
To Dr. Richard Parker, my chiropractor, hey you, get off my back! You're the best.
A special thanks to Brian Edwards, Kathy Wagner, Mike Moran, Jeff Gottesfeld and Scott Simpson (Frosti) for all your help, love and support.
To Mimi Sommer, my oldest daughter, you made it. Yes!! Enjoy life, you're witty, you're beautiful and you're talented. Use all your God-given abilities and all of the embellishments and you will go far in life.
To Amanda & Brooklyn Sudano, thank you for being patient with your mom, letting me sleep in, not making noise and giving me back massages when I was in pain. I could not ask for more than my three beautiful daughters.
To Mary & Andrew Gaines, my parents, my counselors, my confidantes and my role models, just think, that you're responsible for all this. (Doesn't that make you feel good?)
To Lou Sudano (Jack), "Thanks for the memories". Thanks for keeping everything afloat at the home front. And hey, the song "Only You Can Kiss My Boo Boo", could, could be a hit. But don't give up your day job.
To Madge Sudano, my mother-in-law, thanks for being a constant support, babysitter, chief cook, bottle washer, secretary, nurse and basic all around everything you need person.
To Barry & Jacqueline Sudano, thank you for your prayers and support and together you can conquer the world.
To Father Glenn Sudano, thank you for all your prayers and support.
To William A. Davis (Little Grandpa), I love you very much, you're my walking history book.
To Ricky, Mozel Corwin, Katanya Gaines, Howie, Jeanette, Ayanna, Yancey, Amy, Asha, Alamrew Gaines Tesfayohannes, Larry, Linda, Summer, La Donna Lotman, Gerardo, Mary Ellen, Aja, Gerardo Jr., Shani, Rhema, Christopher Bernard, Dara Gilbert Jr., Zeraena and Baby Dara Bernard, thank you so much for your prayers and support.
To my little cousins, Edward C. Harris II, Larentz O. Greene II, Zaius Dela Cruz, Sumara Dela Cruz and David Dela Cruz, you never know what good treasures life has in store for you, so be good.
To Pastor Dan & Melody Walczuk and all the members at Gateway Foursquare Church, thank you for your compassion, your counseling and your prayers.
To Rosa Argueta, Carlos & Anna Argueta, Willie Nefeo, Enrique Duran and Lucy Olivares, thank you for your love and support and for keeping my households together.
To Denise Eppolito and Eddie Hokenson, you're like a sister and brother to me. Thank you for all your attention, support and companionship. It means a lot to me.
A special thanks to Al Kasha and Dana Kasha for all of your prayers and support.
To Ma Cassiani, thank you for helping me when I was starting out, for sewing my dresses and for being a light of hope in my sometimes pitch black night. I love you.
To Dr. Mary Ellen Strong, I dedicate this to you I memory of James Strong, who was very special to me, I know that if you're looking down that you're smiling, you remain in my heart and I love you.
In loving memory of Stanislawa Baginska, Joseph Esposito and Sophia van Hengel.
To Priscilla Degan, thank you for putting up with the long hours and sacrificing so much at such an important time of your life.
To Mrs. Angela Degan at Maison Brazil Restaurant, thank you for feeding us during the recording of this album.
To Vanessa Smith, thank you for your encouragement and fine taste. I appreciate all that you have done for me.
A special thanks to the fan club, to Tom Gilliam, Jerry Kovac, Al Hamood, Steve Rozeniki, thank you for your wonderful newsletters, constant attention and your constant love and admiration. I love and admire you too.
To Bruce Sudano, President of Purple Heart Records, alias my husband, friend, my confidant, my partner, my doctor, my teacher, talented writer, composer, producer, singer, father to our children, sports fan, Man-Of-The-Year, Buddy-Buddy and Rooster Man, I love you infinitely just for putting up with me. It takes a special guy with the patience of Job and I might add, a very good sense of humor to be with a nut like me. Thanks for all your support, for your peace, for your commitment to me and for your undying love. You're a real babe and you're my man!
To those who believe, all things are possible!