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Demo Album 1

by Stephen Bishop

A collection of studio and rare demo recordings. This album features melodic and eclectic songs with a wide variety of styles.
Genre: Pop: California Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Girl in the Orange Sweater
3:42 $0.99
2. She's Not Mine
5:10 $0.99
3. Rescue You
4:17 $0.99
4. Before Nightfall
4:32 $0.99
5. I Wanna Feel That Way
3:27 $0.99
6. Dreams of Someday
4:04 $0.99
7. I'll Sleep on the Plane
4:02 $0.99
8. Across the Sea to You
3:41 $0.99
9. There There
4:34 $0.99
10. Jet Lag
5:58 $0.99
11. Rat Race
2:36 $0.99
12. The Pleasure of Your Company
3:38 $0.99
13. Slipping into Love
3:18 $0.99
14. Pass Her By
3:50 $0.99
15. Time Stand Still
4:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Stephen Bishop is a world-class guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with a celebrated career of over four decades of live performance, song craftsmanship, recording, and entertainment. A San Diego native, Stephen Bishop’s introduction to the music industry was after seeing the Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” at 13 years old. Shortly after seeing their performance, his brother Denny bought him an electric guitar. He began creating his own unique chords, melodies and writing original songs. The first song he ever wrote was called, “Surf’s Turf,” an instrumental. Less than a year after picking up the guitar, Stephen formed a band called, “The Weeds.” Soon after, they began performing at local venues, playing a mixture of original songs and popular hits on the radio at the time. As a band, the Weeds placed second at the Claremont Battle of the Bands in 1966.

After the Weeds disbanded, Stephen ventured to Los Angeles in the hopes of landing a songwriting contract. Stephen walked the streets of LA in the early 1970’s with nothing more than a $12 guitar. He began playing songs for different publishers in the area and landed a deal with Edwin H. Morris Publishing in Hollywood. Stephen was paid $50 per week. During his first few years at the publishing company, only one of his songs was recorded. At one point, Stephen considered leaving Los Angeles to work for his father's insurance company in San Diego. However, his friend Leah Kunkel connected him with Art Garfunkel. Art recorded two of Stephen's songs on his album, “Breakaway.”

Shortly thereafter, Stephen was signed to ABC Records. He released his first album, “Careless,” which had two popular hits, “On and On,” and “Save It For a Rainy Day.” It became gold certified, as well as his second album, “Bish.” Stephen Bishop has released 17 albums and has played his songs personally for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Melissa Manchester, and Katy Perry. His newest album, "Blueprint" was released in 2016. In Eric Clapton's autobiography, he mentions Stephen Bishop as one of his favorite songwriters.


Stephen Bishop’s hit song, “It Might Be You,” was the theme to the film “Tootsie.” Stephen has written the themes to several films, including “Animal House,” "The Money Pit," and “White Nights.” His songs have been performed by Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Art Garfunkel, Steve Perry, Stephanie Mills, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Mathis, Phoebe Snow, David Crosby, The Four Tops, Aswad, Beyonce, and Pavarotti. Stephen was nominated for two Grammy's and awarded an Oscar nomination for his song, “Separate Lives.”

Fun Fact

Stephen appeared as the “Charming Guitar Player,” in Animal House. In the toga party scene, John Belushi slams Stephen's guitar to smithereens.



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Jimbo P.

Stephen Bishop never gets the respect he deserves. As a writer he is one that writes to "his own drummer". That is what is so outstanding about the songs he writes. Everyone is an adventure . I find so much of his lifes "ups and downs" in his writings. They pierce the heart and incite humor almost at the same time..Excellent "Font"..!!


mostly hidden treasures and a must for fans
At least 10 winners out of 15 make this a must for Bish fans. The songwriting is excellent, some keyboard&computer-gimmicks are featured on the few weaker tracks and therefore don't spoil the great stuff. It's fun listening and highly recommended!


Have kept up to date with all Bish's major label releases and thought I'd try out those I found on his website. This CD is up there with Bish's best. Girl In The Orange Sweater is sublime, I Wanna Feel That Way brings a lump to my throat and there really isn't a dud on here. I've always preferred Bish's slowies and this CD is packed with them. Highly recommended.

Jimmy Nichols

It's's great!!
I'm the arranger Steven talked about in his comments from "I Wanna Feel That Way Again" on his website. It was a great thrill to play piano and strings on that song. We did it in about 20 minutes.the great songs play themselves.

Jimbro Ind..

It is a kick of a CD that only Bishop could do!!!!
You never know what to except from Stephen.. This is one of those CD's. It is a "fun" piece of music and song.
...........Jim P..........


Worth every penny!
Wonderful cd that really lets you get a feel for Bish- I love every song on this CD! Worth investing in- Stephen Bishop is a musical genius that deserves recognition. Enjoy the music....

Karen Murphy

Stephen Bishop knows how to touch a heart...evidently, he must have suffered at some point in his life....


Outstanding stuff!
I've always enjoyed Stephen Bishop's work, but this "Demo Album 1" really is some of the best music of his career. Calling it a "Demo" album really doesn't do it justice since the production values put most artists to shame. It's barebones songwriting without a lot of hoopla or effects. And he sticks to what has made him popular - great lyrics, musical hooks and by appealing to the lovelorn in all of us. Sure the songs are kind of sad at times, but perfect music to sit in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine in hand, letting the music wash over you like a spring rain. Back to basics stuff that make me proud to be a Bish fan. I'm really looking forward to picking up Demo 2 and 3