Vanilla Fudge are remembered for pioneering a musical concept which exploded in the late 1960's with their version of a Supremes hit. Carmine Appice went on to be named the world's "Best Rock Drummer" and spent many years in Rod Stewart's band, in fact he co-wrote one of Rod's biggest hits!
What leads a teacher to change profession to musician? Bryan Ferry tells what happened in his case and discusses how a modest John Lennon tribute subsequently had a major effect on the career of Roxy Music.
Born in New Zealand but it was in Australia that Jenny Morris's fame really peaked. Beginning with the success of her band QED and remembered for solo hits such as "Break In The Weather" and the Neil Finn penned "You I Know", Jenny was twice awarded the title of "Australia's Best Female Artist" in the 1980's.
In the 70's the George Baker Selection became the first Dutch band to have major international success. Here George discusses the George Baker song that's used in ads all over the world plus explains that his biggest selling hit has been covered by more than 250 artists.
Joe Cocker was a rocker who sang one of the most tender hits of all time. Hear how his take on a Beatles' song broke new ground and that his career longevity defied expectations. In the 70's he was known for his hard living and was once deported for his behaviour. Joe also tells what it was like being in New York City on September 11, 2001.
The Cowsills' drummer, John Cowsill, was the youngest son in his family's band. In fact they recorded their first hit when John was only 11 years old! John discusses the comparisons to the Partridge Family, reveals that life within the band wasn't that happy and how the Cowsills' biggest hit resulted in an American radio announcer losing his job.
John Sebastian was one of the founders, and lead singer, for the Lovin' Spoonful. In the 70's he had a huge solo success with the theme to the TV sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter" and is also immortalised in the lyrics of the Mamas and Papas' hit "Creeque Alley". Here he also reveals that he almost became the fourth member of a very famous American group.
American actress Charmian Carr passed away in mid-September of 2016 and the posting of this 1998 interview with Ian Keenan serves as a tribute to her. It is also a great reminder of the movie role that made her famous - "Liesl Von Trapp" in the movie classic "The Sound of Music".
An American Guitar Legend and judged by many as one of the most talented guitarists of all time: James Burton. A member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001 he has played with many of "The Greats" but most famously with Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley. He has great memories of them both as you'll hear.
Many remember Australian singer/songwriter Kevin Johnson for just one song. It's not that he hasn't had success with other songs, it's just that one of his songs goes down in history as one of the most covered songs EVER written by an Australian. In the USA a major hit for Mac Davis whilst in Australia and the UK it was Kevin who made it famous.