Whitey Ford Sings the Blues

Whitey Ford Sings the Blues is the second solo studio album by American recording artist Everlast, and the first one following his departure from House of Pain. It was released on September 8, 1998 via Tommy Boy Records, a full eight years after his solo debut album Forever Everlasting and after he had a major heart attack.[4][5] "Whitey Ford" in the album title refers to the New York Yankees pitcher with that name.[4]

Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1998
Recorded1997–1998
GenreBlues, rock, blues rock, hip hop
Length55:07
LabelTommy Boy
Producer
Everlast chronology
Forever Everlasting
(1990)
Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
(1998)
Eat at Whitey's
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[3]

The record was both a commercial and critical success (selling more than three million copies) and went 2x platinum according to RIAA. It peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. Its hit single "What It's Like" became Everlast's most popular and successful song, which received him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at 42nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Whitey Ford Sings the Blues blended rap with acoustic and electric guitars, developed by Everlast together with producers Dante Ross and John Gamble. The album primarily incorporates a mix of musical styles such as blues, rock and hip hop.

SinglesEdit

Whitey Ford Sings the Blues spawned five singles: "What It's Like", "Painkillers", "Money (Dollar Bill)", "Ends", and "Today (Watch Me Shine)". Its lead single "What It's Like" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks. "Ends" peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Alternative Songs, "Today (Watch Me Shine)" peaked at No. 12 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40, and the other two did not appear in main music charts. "Painkillers" appeared in the 1999 Jet Li film Black Mask.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The White Boy Is Back"0:45
2."Money (Dollar Bill)" (featuring Sadat X)
  • Ross
  • Gamble
3:14
3."Ends"
  • Ross
  • Gamble
4:33
4."What It's Like"Schrody
  • Ross
  • Gamble
5:03
5."Get Down"Schrody
  • Ross
  • Gamble
3:59
6."Sen Dog"
  • Ross
  • Gamble
0:15
7."Tired"
  • Ross
  • Gamble
2:22
8."Hot to Death"Divine Styler3:49
9."Painkillers"SchrodySiba Giba3:23
10."Prince Paul"
  • Ross
  • Gamble
0:59
11."Praise the Lord"E-Swift3:05
12."Today (Watch Me Shine)" (featuring Bronx Style Bob)Schrody
  • Ross
  • Gamble
5:02
13."Guru"
  • Elam
  • Ross
  • Gamble
0:17
14."Death Comes Callin'"
  • Ross
  • Gamble
4:16
15."Funky Beat" (featuring Casual and Sadat X)
  • Ross
  • Gamble
4:03
16."The Letter"
  • Schrody
  • Ross
  • Ross
  • Gamble
2:06
17."7 Years"
  • Schrody
  • Ross
  • Ross
  • Gamble
4:04
18."Next Man"
  • Schrody
  • Ross
  • Ross
  • Gamble
3:52
Total length:55:07

Notes

  • "The White Boy Is Back" is a cover song of "The Fat Boys Are Back" by Fat Boys, performed by Kia Jeffries
  • "Ends" features background vocals by Bronx Style Bob

Samples[6]

PersonnelEdit

Adapted from Discogs[7]

Vocalists

Instrumentalists

  • Eric Francis Schrody – guitar (track 3-4, 14, 17), scratches (track 5, 12), keyboards (track 14)
  • Dante Ross – drum programming & scratches (track 15); piano, bass & strings (track 16)
  • Keith "Keefus" Ciancia – keyboards (track 1, 5, 17)
  • Nightrain Merlot – bass (track 3, 8, 12)
  • Giovanni Loria – string arrangement (track 4), bass (track 5, 17)
  • Ben Bocardo – bass (track 4)
  • Elizabeth Wright – cello (track 4)
  • Stephan Cullo – keyboards (track 4)
  • John Wang – viola (track 4)
  • Alen C. Agadhzhanyan – first violin (track 4)
  • Jacqueline Suzuki – second violin (track 4)
  • Darren Robinson – guitar (track 12)
  • John Norwood Fisher – bass (track 14)
  • Melvin Babu – scratches (track 14)
  • DJ Daz – scratches (track 14)
  • John Gamble – bass (track 15)
  • Geoff Gallegos – tenor saxophone (track 17)
  • Dan Osterman – trombone (track 17)
  • Todd M. Simon – trumpet (track 17)

Technicals

  • John Gamble – producer (tracks 1-7, 10, 12-18), mixing (track 3-5, 7, 9, 12, 14-18), engineer (tracks 1-5, 7-8, 11-12, 14-18)
  • Dante Ross – producer (tracks 1-7, 10, 12-18), mixing (track 3-5, 7, 12, 14-17), executive producer
  • Jamie Staub – mixing (tracks 3-5, 8, 11-12, 14-15, 17)
  • Mark Richardson – producer & mixing (track 8)
  • Eric Brooks – producer & mixing (track 11)
  • Siba Giba – producer (track 9)
  • Eric Francis Schrody – executive producer
  • Carl Stubner – executive producer

Additional

  • Dante Ross – A&R direction
  • Max Nichols – A&R direction
  • Jason Rand – art direction, design
  • Keith Carter – photography

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[22] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

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