Dirk Hamilton: Thug of Love
The first phase of Hamilton's music career began in the mid-'70s when the Indiana-born, California-bred singer/songwriter moved
from Stockton, California to Los Angeles ("I just decided it was time to move to L.A. and make a record," he explains).
There he caught the attention of Steely Dan producer Gary Katz and wound up recording two albums for ABC. The first,
1976's You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right, featured a
stellar backup band that included Steely Dan session
stalwarts Jeff Porcaro, Larry Carlton, and Victor Feldman. Hamilton followed it a year later with Alias I and then jumped to
Elektra/Asylum, for which he recorded 1978's Meet Me at the Crux (a record hailed 12 years later by Rolling Stone as one of
the '70s' "overlooked gems").
In 1980, not long after the release of his second Elektra/Asylum disc, Thug of Love, Hamilton left the music business. In the mid '80s he started
recording again, and has since then released two casettes and four CDs.
Garth Hudson guests on two tracks on Thug of Love.
Sidemen(only members of the Band listed)
Dirk Hamilton - Thug of Love - 1980 - Elektra Records 5249