Bert DeCoteaux

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Top of pageBottom of page   By David Flynn ( - on Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:16 pm:

I had the pleasure of spending some time with Cleveland Robinson's youngest son, Jeffrey and his wife Adel, over the weekend. The one guy his father would love to hook up again with is legendary producer Bert DeCoteaux, as he lost touch with him years ago.

Is Bert still alive?


Top of pageBottom of page   By geocassell ( - on Thursday, May 30, 2002 - 09:44 pm:

I'd like to know the answer to that question too. During my research on Patti Austin material I found that Bert de Coteaux produced many of her recordings for the Coral label. I'd be interested to hear about other people that he produced.

Top of pageBottom of page   By david, glasgow, scotland ( - on Thursday, May 30, 2002 - 10:27 pm:

The name Bert De Coteaux transcends sixties through nineties and maybe beyond!

He arranged and produced 3 of the greatest ballads of all time in :-
ZZ Hill-love is so good when you're stealing it.
ZZ Hill-this time they told the truth
Milt Matthews-when kids ruled the world

You will also find him on Northern numbers like
Livin the Nightlife by The Charts.

He was also on Lorraine Ellison's highly acclaimed album - 'Stay with me'

Jean Wells recorded one of his songs.
He worked with Cleveland Robinson. I think that's mentioned on Flynny's site.

Later he worked with Llonnie Liston Smith/Crown Heights Affair.

I've only scratched the surface.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( - on Thursday, May 30, 2002 - 11:53 pm:

The Main Ingredient's Euphrates River album inclusing yours truly's Just don't want to be lonely.

Ben E. King- Supernatural Thing

Most of the Manhattans things before Bobby Martin(Columbia)

Marlena Shaw's Go away little boy

Ronnie Dyson-If you let me make love to you(then Why cant I touch you)

He was staf producer for Columbia records for 10 years and produced a ton of things there.
His ia a great guy and humble indeed.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Yan ( - on Tuesday, June 04, 2002 - 08:01 pm:

Bert DeCoteaux arranged my personal favorite Maxine Brown track- "Can't Get Along Without You"; the whole atmosphere of this record is INCREDIBLE: guitar and strings are just beautiful. Bob Finiz (who did the Brenda/Tabulations stuff, and I think maybe also wrote a track for the Lovin Spoonful??!) produced it, I can't remember the writers names. (I don't think they were well known)

I love many Main Indgredient cuts also which Bert was involved with...anyone else have any more recommendations??

Top of pageBottom of page   By LTLFTC ( - on Tuesday, June 04, 2002 - 08:24 pm:

"The Thrill is Gone" BB King
Steve K.

Top of pageBottom of page   By geocassell ( - on Monday, June 10, 2002 - 03:31 pm:

I assume, hopefully, that Bert DeCoteaux is alive and well.
When I said he produced many Patti Austin tracks, I meant to say that 18/22 Coral recordings were arranged and directed by him in New York, during 1965 to 1967,somewhere. My guess is that although they were on the Coral/Decca label, they were probably recorded at the CBS studios? The producer of those sessions was Henry Jerome, whatever happened to him? All the Coral tracks appeared on a CD called 'Take Away The Pain Stain' 2 years ago and tracks included Leave a Little Love, Earl, Loosen Up Your Heart, Take Your Time, This Thing Called Love, What A Diff'rence A Day Makes and so on.

Top of pageBottom of page   By phillysoulman ( - on Monday, June 10, 2002 - 04:28 pm:

Bert Decoteaux. What a wonderful man and truly one of the best in the biz that I have ever met and worked with.

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