Although it is no secret that Emmylou Harris is one of the modern era's most prolific guest vocalists, it's only when you see her appearances laid out one after the other that you realize just how many other performers have called upon her over the years – a gamut that runs from Linda Ronstadt to Little Feat, from Bob Dylan to Bonnie Raitt.
The Innocent Age is the seventh album by American singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). It was also one of his most successful albums; three of his four Top 10 singles on the Billboard pop chart ("Hard to Say" (#7), "Same Old Lang Syne" (#9), and "Leader of the Band" (#9)) were from this album, as well as another Top 20 single in "Run for the Roses" (#18). All four also reached the Top 10 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, with "Leader of the Band" reaching Number 1 on that chart. "The Innocent Age" drew its inspiration from Thomas Wolfe's major novel Of Time and the River. Fogelberg captured on this album Wolfe's protagonist's search for meaning, for self, and the inexorable passage of time.
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band was a bizarre combination of three well-heeled teenagers (brothers Dan and Shaun Harris and their school mate Michael Lloyd), and an even wealthier, thirty-something attorney called Bob Markley. Markley secured the group a recording deal with Reprise Records, where they made a series of strange records. While they scored no hits for the label, the band's most famous composition was 'Smell Of Incense'. which was covered to great effect by Southwest F. O. B., among others. The song was composed by Markley with a later addition to the band, guitarist Ron Morgan. As the composition reveals, Morgan was a highly talented (he later played with The Electric Prunes and a very early edition of Three Dog Night) and troubled individual. He died in 1989. Although the fate of the group svengali Bob Markley is, at present, unknown, Lloyd and the Harris brothers recently reunited to record some new WCPAEB music.