Tag Archives: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Sam Moore

Sam MooreSam Moore is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the legendary Duo Sam & Dave.  Sam will be performing at the huge tribute show to Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall on March 6th.  We discussed playing college shows to segregated audiences, the impact of the Ed Sullivan Show, meeting The Beatles in Germany before they were famous, and recording for the infamous Morris Levy at Roulette Records.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones called in to talk about his new book “Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol.”  We talked about how he wrote the book through a series of Skype chats, growing up poor in London without a fridge or a bathtub, and things that are not rock and roll — like “meet and greets,” electronic drums, and the 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.