Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Ray Parker Jr. is featured in the new documentary “Hired Guns: Out of the Shadow, Into the Spotlight,” which is in theaters tomorrow night (6/29/17) for one night only. We discussed the beginning of his career as a teenage session guitarist, getting a call from Stevie Wonder, and recording his first solo album in the middle of the night.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Adam White is a veteran music writer whose work has appeared in “Rolling Stone,” “NME,” and many more. His new book, written with Motown’s Barney Ales, is “Motown: The Sound of Young America.” It’s full of incredible photos and illustrations from the Motown archives, as well as original insight into the founding of the label and its day-to-day operations. We had a great discussion on the decade-long labor of love he took in putting the book together, how Motown influenced The Beatles and vice-versa, and just how controversial tambourines can be.Follow @bigwakeupcall
This Saturday night, PBS stations will be showing the “Motown 25″ special — the first time it’s been shown in its entirety on broadcast TV since its original airing. It was my pleasure to be joined by Mary Wilson from the Supremes this morning to talk about the special. We discussed the staggering lineup of stars on stage that night (it’s insane — Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Four Tops, Temptations, Supremes), her recollections of the special and the early days of Motown tours.