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The Who- Tommy 55th- Pete Townshend pt2

The conclusion of the story of The Who's "Tommy" pt 2 with Pete Townshend In the Studio.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash 55th Anniversary- Graham, Stephen 5-20

Graham Nash and Stephen Stills were joined by the late David Crosby In the Studio for the triad harmony on "Crosby, Stills, and Nash" that soars to this day, celebrating the band and album's fifty-fifth anniversary the week of May 20.
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The Who- Tommy 55th- Pete Townshend pt1

The many stages of The Who's "Tommy" conception, gestation, and birth as the first successful rock opera are further revealed, it seems, every time "Tommy"  composer Pete Townshend cleans out a storage closet. Townshend joins Redbeard In the Studio to present this rock sonogram of The Who "Tommy"  while still in the creative womb, on "Tommy" 's 55th anniversary, part 1.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival- Bayou Country 55th- John Fogerty

With the January release of Creedence Clearwater Revival's second album, "Bayou Country", the mind-boggling hat trick began in 1969 where "Bayou Country", "Green River", and "Willy & the Poor Boys" albums were all released by Creedence Clearwater Revival in a 12-month period. John Fogerty is my guest In the Studio.
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Led Zeppelin 1 @55- Jimmy Page, Robert Plant

On the 55th anniversary of its January 1969 release, In the Studio features what turned out to be my first of many subsequent in-depth conversations about the Led Zeppelin debut's legacy with band mastermind Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
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The Band- Music from Big Pink- Robbie Robertson

Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as  fathers of  the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have  been one of rock's first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson ("The Weight","The Night They Drove Ol'Dixie Down","Up on Cripple Creek","The Shape I'm In") helps me make that case.

Procol Harum- the late Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher, Robin Trower

Keith Reid, Procol Harum lyricist, has passed away March 23. “Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra" from the eclectic British band Procol Harum, which has the distinction of placing two of the most unlikely songs at the top of the singles chart five years apart with "Whiter Shade of Pale" in 1967 and "Conquistador" in 1972. This ultra-rare interview features organist Matthew Fisher, lyricist Keith Reid, guitarist on the first three studio albums,Robin Trower, and the late singer/pianist Gary Brooker.
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Traffic- Mr Fantasy- Steve Winwood, the late Jim Capaldi

Traffic albums "Mr Fantasy", "Traffic", and "John Barleycorn Must Die" included former Spencer Davis Group teen prodigy singer/organist/guitarist Steve Winwood, reed man Chris Wood, and drummer Jim Capaldi. Guitarist/singer Dave Mason, a former Spencer Davis roadie, shared a talent for  melody with the other three on the first two Traffic albums, but little else personality-wise, and was cut loose for the second and final time before the second album hit store shelves. Steve Winwood & the late Jim Capaldi joined me In the Studio.

Ten Years After- A Space in Time- the late Alvin Lee, Leo Lyons

"When things get put onto celluloid, they tend to get bigger than life," the late guitarist/ singer Alvin Lee told me by way of explanation as to how Ten Years After was catapulted from the second tier of English boogie and blues by their prime spot in the Woodstock Festival   movie documentary. The band utilized that momentum to deliver their most popular album ever in late Summer 1971, " A Space in Time",  which included "One of These Days", "Baby Won't You Let Me Rock'n'Roll You", and what turned out to be their biggest hit, "I'd Love to Change the World".