Tag Archives: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

John Oates

it was great to have John Oates return to the show, this time to talk about his fun new Christmas single, “Santa Be Good to Me,” which features a fun, modern lyric backed with a traditional-style holiday tune.  We discussed working with an amazing studio band like the Time Jumpers, how working with a tight established band differs from working with an assembled group of studio musicians, our love of vinyl, and what we’re going to read in his upcoming memoir to be released next year.

Ahmet Zappa

Ahmet Zappa called in to talk about the new documentary “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words.”  We had a fun conversation about Frank’s legacy, working with Ahmet’s mother on the film, and why Frank was a hero to most of his fellow artists.

Carole Bayer Sager

It was an honor to have a few moments to talk to legendary songwriter Carole Bayer Sager about her new memoir, “They’re Playing Our Song.”  It’s full of terrific stories about her musical collaborators, the songwriting process, and overcoming the self-doubts that can hold us down.

Peter Ames Carlin

Peter Ames Carlin is a best-selling author and one of the best rock and roll biographers. His newest book is “Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon.”  We discussed why this is the first ever comprehensive bio of Paul Simon, his approach to researching a subject, why he chose to write about Paul, and why the “Bridge Over Troubled Water” album reads as a letter to Art Garfunkel.

Todd Mayfield, author of “Traveling Soul: The Life of Curtis Mayfield”

Todd Mayfield is the son of music legend & Rock Hall of Famer Curtis Mayfield.  He’s the co-author of an illuminating new book, “Traveling Soul,” that seeks to paint a complete picture of Curtis Mayfield the man as well as the visionary artist.  We discussed why he decided to finally tell the story, juggling the roles of fan/son/biographer, and what he learned about his father and himself while writing the book.

Mike Love

mike-loveIt was an honor to chat with Mike Love about his memoir, “Good Vibrations:  My Life as a Beach Boy.”  We discussed the 50th anniversary of “Good Vibrations,”  why he (literally) didn’t get credited as one of rock’s best lyricists, his gift for unforgettable hooks, and his thoughts on today’s music scene.  As a huge fan of The Beach Boys (I wrote & recorded a song about my love for them), it was also an incredible thrill when Mike sang a few bars of my favorite Beach Boys song, “I Get Around.”

 

David and Alex Graham

David and Alex Graham are the sons of legendary rock promoter and manager Bill Graham, and they are overseeing the “Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution” exhibition, which is currently at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia through January (and, as revealed in our interview, coming to the Chicago area — Skokie — in the spring).  We discussed how the exhibit tells the story of Bill Graham’s life, especially before he became a rock promoter and accidentally invented the concert business as we know it.

Jack Tempchin

Jack Tempchin is an accomplished songwriter, composing hits for the Eagles (“Peaceful Easy Feeling, Already Gone”), Glenn Frey (“You Belong to the City”, “Smuggler’s Blues”) Johnny Rivers (“Slow Dancing”) and many more.  His new solo album is “One More Song.”  We talked about the concept behind the record, why he wanted to get back to basics (one man, one guitar, one voice), and why it never gets old to hear one of his songs on the radio.

Slim Jim Phantom

Slim Jim Phantom is, of course, the drummer for the Stray Cats.  His new book is “A Stray Cat Struts:  My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel.”  It was great to talk to Jim about the continuing appeal of rockabilly, the amazing list of musicians he’s had the pleasure to work with (and his relationship with George Harrison) and share a little fan gushing about how influential he was in my becoming a drummer.

Pat Boone

Music legend Pat Boone called in to talk about his new EP, “He’ll Never Walk Alone,” which features original songs dedicated to raising awareness of survival training for law enforcement officers.   We discussed why he’s been a longtime supporter of law enforcement, his little-known career as a songwriter, and if we’ll ever see him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (45 million records sold & 38 top 40 hits make a strong case).  Pat also talked about his dream concert lineup featuring himself along with his peers Fats Domino and Little Richard.