Valotte was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 9, 1985 and then Platinum by the RIAA on March 13th, 1985. Julian also received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist for his work on the album at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards.
The first US single, ‘Valotte’ debuted on the Billboard Top 40 on November 10th, 1984. It stayed in the top 40 for 12 weeks and spent a month in the top ten peaking at #9. The second single, ‘Too Late For Goodbyes’ was the album’s second top ten hit on the national Adult Contemporary charts and stayed there for five weeks with two weeks at number 1.
Julian Lennon: Lead vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, Simmons drums & percussion
Guitars: Justin Clayton & Carlton Morales
Keyboards: Barry Beckett, David Lebolt & Peter Wood
Drums: Roger Hawkins & Steve Holly
Bass Guitars: David Hood, Marcus Miller & Carmine Rojas
Percussion: Ralph MacDonald & Steve Holly
Background Vocals: Rory Dodd, Eric Troyer & Julian Lennon
Trumpets: Jon Faddis & Joe Shepley
Saxophones: Michael Brecker, George Young, Lawrence Feldman & Ron Cuber
Michael Brecker: Saxophone solo on Lonely
Jean “Toots” Thielemans: Harmonica on Too Late For Goodbyes
Martin Briley: Guitar on Too Late For Goodbyes
Dennis Herring: Guitar on Jesse
The cover photo was taken by David Michael Kennedy, Sleeve Design by Bob Defrin & Julian Lennon.