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Grazin' The Friends of Distinction album.jpg
Studio album by
StudioRCA's Music Center of the World
(Hollywood, California)
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerJohn Florez
The Friends of Distinction chronology
Highly Distinct
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1.5/5 stars[2]

Grazin' is the debut studio album by R&B group The Friends of Distinction, released in 1969 on RCA Victor.

Commercial performance[]

The album peaked at No. 10 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached No. 35 on the Billboard 200. The album features the single, "Grazing in the Grass", which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. A second single, "Going in Circles" also charted at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.

Track listing[]

Side one
1."Grazing in the Grass"Philemon Hou, Harry Elston2:58
2."I've Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)"Booker T. Jones, Eddie Floyd, Alvertis Isbell3:34
3."I Really Hope You Do"Anita Poree, Jerry Peters4:00
4."(A) Sweet Young Thing Like You"Big Dee Irwin3:08
5."Going in Circles"Anita Poree, Jerry Peters4:28
Side two
6."Eli's Comin"Laura Nyro4:19
7."Help Yourself (To All of My Lovin')"Scott English, Mark Barkan, Jerry Ross2:07
8."Baby I Could Be So Good at Loving You"Buzz Clifford3:09
9."And I Love Him"John Lennon, Paul McCartney4:17
10."Peaceful"Kenny Rankin3:32
11."Lonesome Mood"Roy Porter4:48


  • Ray Cork Jr. - arrangements, conductor
  • Floyd Butler, Harry Elston, Jessica Cleaves, Barbara Jean Love – vocals
  • Al Casey – guitar
  • Arthur G. Wright – guitar
  • Max Bennett – electric bass
  • Jim Gordon – drums, percussion
  • King Errison – congas
  • Gary Coleman – percussion
  • Jack Arnold – percussion
  • John Audino – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Buddy Childers – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Dalton Smith – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Bill Peterson – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Bud Brisbois – trumpet
  • David Duke – French horn
  • Dick Leith – trombone
  • Plas Johnson – flute, clarinet
  • Jim Horn – flute, tenor saxophone
  • William Green – flute, piccolo
  • Gene Cipriano – flute, oboe, English horn, piccolo
  • Brad Bauder – tenor saxophone, clarinet
  • Jimmy Getzoff – violin
  • Harry Bluestone – violin
  • Paul Shure – violin
  • Garry Nuttycombe – viola
  • Douglas Davis – cello
  • Catherine Gotthoffer – harp



Chart (1969) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 35
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 10


Year Single Peaks

1969 "Grazing in the Grass" 3 5
"Going in Circles" 15 3


  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. Grazin' review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  2. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 265.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c "US Charts > The Friends of Distinction". Billboard. Retrieved 12 January 2017.

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