Tag Archives: Musicians

Dennis Quaid

Dennis Quaid called in to talk about his band “Dennis Quaid and the Sharks,” who are coming to the Chicago area for a show at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on September 30.

Laurie Berkner

Laurie Berkner is a legend in the world of children’s music.   Her first album of all-new original material in 8 years is “Superhero.”  We had a very fun conversation about her influence on a whole generation of young musicians, finding time to write while also owning her own record label, and sharing memories of classic ’70s kids television.

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams is a Tony and Emmy nominated actress, a Grammy nominated singer, a best-selling author, a designer, and a busy mom.  Vanessa called in to share some tips on squeezing in some last minute summer fun.  We also talked about her recent appearance on “Broad City” and how the kids are bringing the ’80s back whether we like it or not.

Diane Warren

Diane Warren is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  She was the first person to have SEVEN songs (by seven different artists!) on the Billboard singles chart at one time.  Most recently, her song “Till It Happens To You” was the first song ever nominated for an Oscar, a Grammy and an Emmy.  It was a thrill to be able to talk to her about the songwriting process and her amazing career.

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman and I were born two days apart in the same year, so I’ve always felt a bit of a connection to him, especially growing up and watching him in 80s classics like “The Goonies” and “Gremlins.”   We talked about our star sign similarities and then discussed his music career (and how Weird Al Yankovic was a huge influence in how to write concise lyrics) and his new double album, “Angelic 2 The Core.”

Harry Wayne “KC” Casey

Harry Wayne Casey is of course “KC” from KC and the Sunshine Band, who have sold over 100 million records.  The band is about to begin a summer tour and will play at Rivers Edge Park in Aurora on July 3.   We discussed the longevity of his music, how he keeps a live performance fresh despite doing 100 dates a year, and why he decided to put his own spin on a signature Bob Dylan song.  We also compared the sizes of our respective songwriting royalty checks (KC’s might be slightly larger).

Jon Mikl Thor on the new “I Am Thor” documentary

Jon Mikl Thor is a former champion bodybuilder turned musician, actor, screenwriter, songwriter and hockey historian.  Jon called in to talk about a new documentary 15 years in making “I Am Thor,” following his return to show business after retiring in 1987.  The film will be screened tonight at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, followed by Jon doing a live set of his music.

Carmine Appice and Mark Stein from Vanilla Fudge

Vanilla Fudge has just released a new studio album, “Spirit of ’67,” which features their take on classic songs from that year.  We chatted with drummer Carmine Appice and vocalist Mark Stein about the recording process for the new record, the challenges in promoting a record today (versus in 1967 when 30 million people could see you on Ed Sullivan), and bringing back the complete album as an art form.

Mary Wilson from The Supremes

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.

 

Marky Ramone

I was very excited to chat with legendary drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Marky Ramone about his new autobiography, “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as A Ramone.”  We talked drummer-to-drummer about early drum lessons and the annoying 1980s trend of wanting to make live drummers sound like machines.  Marky also shared his thoughts on working with Phil Spector and the 1970s CBGB scene.