Memphis guitarist Jack Clement talks about the early days of Elvis-mania and illustrates the musical differences in what Elvis was doing compared to other musicians.
Record executive Larkin Arnold talks about his career working at Columbia, Capitol, and CBS Records and how he made black music more accessible to audiences across America.
Phil Chess and his nephew Marshall talk about running the successful record company in Chicago, Chess Records. They discuss how their artists inspired the Rolling Stones to come to America and record in their studio to get that distinct sound. Marshall later went on to manage the Stones.
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote some of the most famous music of their time. Watch this lengthy interview as they share stories of how they came to meet and became well respected in the music industry.
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Claudette Robinson talks about her singing career in the Miracles as well as the early days of Motown. The former wife of Smokey Robinson also discusses the talent he brought to the group.
Cecil and Margoulef created a synthesizer that was not just one instrument, but all instruments. TONTO (The Original New Timbral Orchestra) as it was called was so impressive that it caught the attention of Stevie Wonder who worked with Cecil and Margoulef on albums like, Music of My Mind.
Pioneering bass guitar player, Larry Graham talks about how his trademark “slap bass” guitar sound came to be as well as being a member of Sly and the Family Stone. The fact that this interview takes place on a tropical beach is just icing on the cake.
Sly and the Family Stone were one of the most pioneering and influential bands in their day, both musically and socially. This series of interviews really shows how close and caring they are with each other and how that translated into their music.
The Rock and Roll series was not just about the musicians, but also the people behind the scenes. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone more behind the scenes then recording engineer, Tom Dowd. Watch as he talks about working with Jerry Wexler, Leiber and Stoller, and Phil Spector.