Published on May 20th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Frank Musker On The Long-Awaited Debut LP Of “World Goes Round,” Writing Hits & More
A supergroup which formed in the late 1980s, World Goes Round was comprised of 4 hot songwriters, singers and musicians: Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers, Jeff Hull and Marty Walsh. Among the extensive credits of this quartet is work with Queen, Linda Ronstadt, Chaka Kahn, Sheena Easton, Quincy Jones, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Supertramp, John Fogerty, Donna Summer, Neil Diamond, Jeffrey Osborne, Eric Clapton and Air Supply. Curiously, the output of the 1989 recording sessions by World Goes Round never saw light of until now — and never-before-heard track “Big House” will be getting a proper release via Viper Records (P.J. Pacifico, Akir, Immortal Technique) on May 29, 2020.
Produced by Tommy Vicari (Prince, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin), the recorded World Goes Round tracks have indeed languished unheard for more than 30 years. It wasn’t until recently that one of the members brought it to the group’s attention that he had a copy of it on cassette. From there, they transferred the collection digitally, and restored the album’s production with current technology. The 10-track album was recorded at Musker’s home studio in Laurel Canyon, with a 150-foot California redwood tree growing out of the middle of it. Within this idyllic, pressure-free setting, the group came up with unique and powerful pop tunes which matched their creative and musical aspirations.
The aforementioned Frank Musker has proven to be one of the most internationally-successful and established British songwriter/lyricists in music. He has consistently transcended musical and international boundaries, writing lyrics in English, Italian and Spanish. His hits include Air Supply’s “Every Woman In The World” (a million-selling Top 5 single in the U.S. for which he has won a BMI award for over 2 million radio plays), “Senza Una Donna” as recorded by Paul Young and Italy’s number one recording artist Zucchero (a Top 5 single in 20 countries) and Queen’s “Too Much Love Will Kill You” (winner of the 1997 Ivor Novello Award for best song musically and lyrically).
I had the pleasure of speaking with Frank Musker via Zoom on May 19, 2020 about the forthcoming World Go Round full-length release, his journey as a songwriter, what it was like working with Queen, and more. The full chat is embedded below for your listening pleasure, and it won’t take long for you to see what a pleasant, gracious and interesting interview subject Musker turned out to be.
More on Frank Musker and World Goes Round can be found online at www.worldgoesround.info.