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Aretha Franklin: a Fond Memoir

The tributes and testaments started even before official word was issued that Aretha Franklin had passed away. Knowing that I have interviewed so many of the greatest musicians of the last half century, more than one news outlet  contacted…

Billy Joel- 52nd Street 40th Anniversary 9-3

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In the Studio#8 8-15-88: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- Damn the Torpedoes

Thirty years ago this week for In the Studio  episode #8 focusing on the soap opera behind Damn the Torpedoes , the breakthrough third album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers,  the Gainseville Gator revealed the personal battles he and…
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Billy Joel- Billy the Kid- UConn 12-76

There are moments in time when a photographer's lens or a tape recorder's microphones capture that magical moment just before history is made, and that's what we have here: Billy Joel and his live band, even then aces all, poised on the launching…

Genesis- Genesis 35th Anniversary- Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phil Collins 8-27

For the record, the actual title of the 1983 blockbuster simply was Genesis,  but to differentiate such an important offering from such an extended body of work, the album quickly became known unofficially by its first single and memorable…
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Huey Lewis and the News- Sports 35th Anniversary

There's good "news" and bad "news" as we approach the thirty-fifth anniversary of  Sports,  the estimated 10,000,000 seller from Huey Lewis and the News released at the end of Summer 1983. First, the bad news: the band had to cancel all of…
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Al Stewart- Time Passages 40th Anniversary

Following the international hit "Year of the Cat" in 1976 with “Time Passages” and “Song on the Radio” two years later, Al Stewart became an unlikely mainstream hitmaker...

In the Studio 8-8-88: Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon

A Pink Floyd interview has always been one of the most difficult "gets" in the music journalism business, but at the time thirty years ago when In the Studio launched in Summer 1988 amidst public sniping between former member Roger Waters and…

Van Halen- OU812 30th Anniversary #1 Album- Alex & Eddie, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony

It has been thirty summers passed since OU812  by Van Halen topped the US sales chart, and more than twenty since we last shared this time capsule of an interview featuring Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and returning for…

Bon Jovi- Born to Be My Baby- acoustic 1988

Jon Bon Jovi remembered to slip me a cassette of this acoustic demo of "Born to Be My Baby", which remained unreleased for decades.