These are the interviews from the most recent editions of the weekly national radio broadcast of In The Studio .

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John Mellencamp- Scarecrow 35th Anniversary

John Mellencamp's "Scarecrow"  album released in August 1985 was loaded with hits, including "Small Town","Lonely Ol' Night", and "R.O.C.K. in the USA".  His list of Top 20 hit songs is extensive enough to require the double-disc "Words and Music"  compilation, but it was the album tracks starting with Scarecrow's   "Minutes to Memories", worthy of inclusion in the great Paul Simon songbook, which revealed his songcraft to me.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival- Cosmo’s Factory- John Fogerty

How then do we explain Creedence Clearwater Revival and their five hit albums in three years, leaving the best for July 1970's "Cosmo's Factory" , all written, arranged, produced, and sung solely by John Fogerty fifty years ago? Enjoy my very rare classic rock interview.
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James Gang- Rides Again 50th Anniversary- Joe Walsh

In the Studio with Joe Walsh for The James Gang "Rides Again" fiftieth anniversary.
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AC/DC- Back in Black 40th- Angus Young, Brian Johnson

Notably, like AC/DC "Back in Black"  forty years ago, several of the best-selling hard rock albums in history also have been made under the most dire of circumstances amidst tremendous tragedy and loss:
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Southern Rock Giant Charlie Daniels Dies, 83

Southern Rock giant Charlie Daniels has died at age 83.
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HEART- Heart 35th Anniversary- Nancy Wilson, Ann Wilson

Two of my all-time faves remain the cinderella story beginnings of Heart in 1976 with "Dreamboat Annie"  and the "comeback" album almost a decade later, "Heart" . This hit machine in 1985  reinvented Heart for the MTV Eighties with "If Looks Could Kill","What About Love","Never","These Dreams", and "Nothing at All". Wow. Nancy Wilson and singing sistuh Ann Wilson join me here In the Studio  on the thirty-fifth anniversary of "Heart" ('85).
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Fleetwood Mac- Fleetwood Mac 45th- Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood

Fleetwood Mac “Fleetwood Mac” in July 1975 sold over twenty times more than any previous Fleetwood Mac album. Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and Mick Fleetwood are In the Studio.
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Queen- The Game 40th Anniversary- Brian May, Roger Taylor

It was The Game that crowned Queen #1 worldwide, precisely because of the balance of hits "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Another One Bites the Dust", "Play the Game" with the blistering "Dragon Attack", "Rock It", and "Sail Away Sweet Sister". Brian May and Roger Taylor are suited up to play The Game  here In the Studio  for its fortieth anniversary.
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Kinks- One for the Road 40th Anniversary- Ray Davies

"I'm probably the worst musician in the band," admits Ray Davies of The Kinks In the Studio. "They're very good players, and this record One for the Road  shows them off as players as well."