Happy birthday to Tennessee Ernie Ford, who would have been 97 today! I have a special place in my heart for him, since we both grew up in Tennessee and both got our start as DJs. Take a few minutes and listen... ... See MoreSee Less
This is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, born in La Rue County, Kentucky. I thought it might be fitting to post my reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address that I did for Dot Records. Our country is much better for his contributions and sacrifice. ... See MoreSee Less
Last week, the music world lost a great star. World-renowned composer, arranger, and conductor Jimmie Haskell passed away at his home in Laguna Niguel, CA. Jimmy came to LA in the '50s and—overnight!—was in demand to arrange for artists such as Rick Nelson, Bobby Darin - Singer, The Lettermen, Grass Roots, Neil Diamond, Elvis, B.B. King, Ike & Tina Turner, Chicago, Glen Campbell, Ringo Starr, Paul Anka, and so many others.
Among his credits: the theme for "Hollywood Squares," as well as Grammys for "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "If You Leave Me Now," and this Hall of Fame hit from August, 1967. Listen... ... See MoreSee Less
Time to wish another talented singer a happy birthday! Born on 2/10/1939 in Black Mountain, NC, and raised in Arlington, VA, Roberta Flack played and sang almost flawlessly from the very start. Discovered by Les McCann and signed to Atlantic Records in 1969, Roberta struck gold with the song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" in 1972, followed by "Killing Me Softly With His Song" in 1973. Both hit #1 on the charts!
In this interview, Roberta shares with me her interesting perspective on success. Listen...
BORN ON 2/10/1939 IN BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. AND RAISED IN ARLINGTON, VA, ROBERTA FLACK PLAYED AND SANG ALMOST FLAWLESSLY FROM THE VERY START. DISCOVERED BY LES McCANN AND SIGNED TO ATLANTIC RECORDS IN '69 ROBERTA STRUCK GOLD WITH THE SONG "THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE" IN '72 FOLLOWED BY "KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH YOUR SONG" IN '73 - BOTH HIT #1 ON THE CHARTS. ROBERTA OFFERS AN INTERSTING PERSPECTIVE ON SUCCESS..... ... See MoreSee Less
Natalie Cole would have celebrated her 66th birthday today. Born February 6, 1950, the daughter of Nat King Cole, she won The GRAMMYs in 1976 for her very first album, "Inseparable." In interviewing Natalie on the day of her first Universal Amphitheatre concert, I asked how she went about selecting songs for such a concert. Listen... ... See MoreSee Less