I crack up every time I see that pic. It’s an old one and that sweet kitteh, Merlin, is no longer with us.
He was a real character.
But we still have a house full of other characters to keep us entertained, although they’re very quiet at the moment. Whew! But the night is young and they WILL wake up. LOL
Dionne had come out of Flo Greenbergs Scepter Records in the Brill Building and had been a major success in the Sixties, all while making the first recordings of the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. With Scepter going under, she switched to Ahmet Erteguns Atlantic Records and went in a different direction, teaming with the Spinners, who had left Motown. This recording brought her back to Burt and his new partner, Carol Bayer Sager. Thats Burt on keyboards, and that's Stevie, Gladys and Elton as the friends.