Night Flight - Jolis and Simone
Featured on King Mob's Really Really Smooth Music Vol 3 and Flashlites Productions' Ready 4 Airplay - Summer Radio Edition, Night Flight is a track off the 1979 album by James Jolis and Kevin DiSimone, two strangers who were brought together by Rob Dante, a New York record producer who had been unable to get a deal for his songs under his own name. The album features a host of top session musicians and "Night Flight", the high point of the record, features the quintessential AOR lyric : I'm on a night flight to New York / Straight to your heart.
This would be Jolis and Simone's only record together. The feisty vibe captured on the album cover wasn't maintained for long. In this live version of Stay by Barry Manilow, which was shot in 1982, the guys look much diminished in their backing band uniforms. Kevin DiSimone would go on to be a session vocalist and trumpeter but James Jolis (who grew up in Paris and studied 18th-century British poetry at Stanford) quit the business after ten years on the road as back up singer for Manilow. "It was a nice life," he told the New York Times. "I got to see the world, but there comes a point where you just can’t sing “Copacabana” anymore." So on the advice of an uncle, he applied to be a concierge and has been doing it for twenty years. Now he’s the head concierge at the Michelangelo on West 51st Street.