Candi Staton

Young Hearts Run Free

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Candi Staton racked up several Southern soul/R&B hits on Muscle Shoals producer Rick Hall's Fame label: "I'd Rather Be an Old Man's Sweetheart (Than a Young Man's Fool)," "Never in Public," "Sweet Feeling," a cover of Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," and "He Called Me Baby." Staton and Hall continued to have hits after the singer signed with Warner Bros. (the smoldering "As Long As He Takes Care of Home").

During the mid-'70s, she began working with Los Angeles-based songwriter/producer David Crawford. Working at Sound City Studios, the singer's sessions listed drummer Ollie E. Brown; bassist Scott Edwards; guitarists Ray Parker Jr. and Jay Graydon; Motown percussionist Jack Arnold; keyboardists Sylvester Rivers, Sonny Burke, and Michael Boddicker; and background singers Deniece Williams and Rochelle Runnells of Stargard. Because she had several concert dates lined up, Staton had to overdub all her lead vocals for the upcoming album in one day. One track from the sessions, "Young Hearts Run Free," became the singer's biggest hit, going to number one R&B and number 20 pop in the summer of 1976. The Young Hearts Run Free LP included the similar-sounding Top 30 R&B follow-up "Run To Me," "Destiny," the lush sensual cut "Summer," and a sweet cover of Al Green's "Living for You." Later Staton had Top 20 R&B hits with a cover of the Bee Gees' "Night on Broadway" and "Victim." A 1995 Warner Bros. CD, Young Hearts Run Free: The Best of Candi Staton, included several of her hits. During the '80s and '90s, the singer began recording gospel albums, including the 2000 Beracah CD Here's a Blessing.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Rare Soul: Beach Music Classics, Vol. 3 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 4:08
The Disco Years, Vol. 3: Boogie Fever 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 4:08
The Best of Candi Staton [Warner Bros.] 1995 Warner Bros. 4:08
Nightfever 1995
Various Artists
Global TV
Young Hearts Run Free: The Best of Candi Staton 1995 Warner Bros. 4:10
Dance Floor Divas: The 70s 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
Disco Mix 96 1996
Various Artists
WEA International
Best Disco Album in the Universe, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Essex 4:10
Disco: The Best Album in the World...Ever! 1997
Various Artists
Virgin
54, Vol. 1 1998
Original Soundtrack
Tommy Boy 4:03
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:08
Outside In 1999 React 3:50
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1976 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:07
This Is Ibiza 99 1999
Various Artists
Beechwood Music 7:35
Millennium Disco Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:07
Hit Mix 2000 2000
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:48
Essential Ibiza Six Pack 2000
Various Artists
Import 7:35
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:07
Essential Ibiza Anthems, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Beachwood Records 7:35
House No Presents Housework 2000
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:48
Suspicious Minds [Time Music] 2000 Time Music 3:44
Disco Freakout 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:20
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 4:08
More Cold Feet 2001
Original Soundtrack
Bmg Tv 3:46
Disco Fever [Direct Source] 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:40
Ibiza Summer Anthems, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 7:34
Macho Dance 2001
Various Artists
S.A.I.F.A.M. / S+M 3:30
The Seventies: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:23
Young Hearts Run Free/House of Love 2002 Spy Records 4:08
Chart Toppers [K-Tel UK] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:23
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:50
All Your Disco Favorites 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:23
Disco Queens 2003
Various Artists
Golden Stars 3:43
Decade of Dance Hits 2003
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:42
Rhythm and Blues Hits 2003
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:40
All the 70's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:10
1970s Skool Days 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:41
Rhythm & Blues Classics: The Best of Rhythm & Blues, Vols. 1 & 2 2003
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 3:40
#1 R&B Hits [Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:40
Girls Night Out [K-Tel UK] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:41
New Hooked on Number Ones Experience 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:13
Number 1 R&B Hits [Blue] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:40
Greatest Disco Hits 2005
Various Artists
Compendia Music Group 3:41
Young Hearts Run Free 2005 Prism Entertainment 3:42
The Top 20 of Disco 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:24
Top 20 of Soul 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:24
Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century 2006
Various Artists
Universal / Um3 4:08
Simply the Best Seventies Rock 2009
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 4:10
A Complete Introduction to Disco 2010
Various Artists
Universal 4:06
Ministry of Sound Anthems: Disco 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:10
300 Hits: Love Songs 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 3:52
Candi/Young Hearts Run Free 2013 Edsel 8:48
12" Disco: The Collection 2013
Various Artists
Rhino 4:08
The Greatest Ever... Love Songs [Bellevue] 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 3:54
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 3:51
Disco: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino
Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 4:10
New Year's Eve [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 4:10
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:52
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 3:54
The Seventies: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel UK]
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:23
Uplifting Music
Various Artists
Rhino 4:10