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Billy Fury, The Tornados: It Took All Day — It Was Fantastic

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1963

WE WANT BILLY! IS BILLY FURY SINGING THE SONGS HE LIKES TO SING ...

John Paul Jones: Bass With Every Thing

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1964

STRIKING OUT on his own with a new solo disc: John Paul Jones, bass guitarist with the Tony Meehan Group. And the disc which could ...

The Fortunes: Fortunes Admit It: They Use Session Boys!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1965

THE FORTUNES go on record as the first group I have met who have had the honesty to admit they use session musicians on their ...

Bob Dylan, Charlie McCoy, Elvis Presley, Foggy Mountain Boys: "Recording Sessions I Have Known" by Charlie McCoy

Interview by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, May 1966

When you hear a harmonica wailing in the background on currently popular blues, country, folk or pop recordings, it's probably being played by an ultra-talented guy ...

Booker T & The MGs, Steve Cropper: The Stax Story: Steve Cropper (part 1)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1967

This Steve Cropper interview begins a series on Stax Records in Memphis. ...

Booker T & The MGs, Steve Cropper: The Stax Story: Steve Cropper (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, October 1967

IN THIS FINAL installment of the Steve Cropper interview, Steve gives some excellent advice to guitarists who want to become studio musicians. We hope you ...

Booker T & The MGs, Booker T. Jones: The Stax Story (part 3): Booker T. Jones

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1967

BOOKER T. JONES was born in Memphis, Tennessee, November 12, 1944. He started playing the organ professionally at the age of fourteen. During his high ...

Booker T & The MGs: The Stax Story (part 4): Al Jackson

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967

BORN NOVEMBER 27, 1935, in Memphis, Tennessee, Al studied drums in high school, and played with his father's band until he formed his own nine-piece ...

Booker T & The MGs: The Stax Story (part 5): Duck Dunn

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1968

DONALD V. DUNN was born on November 24, 1941, in Memphis, Tennessee and he learned to play the bass in high school. He now resides ...

Glen Campbell – Former Beach Boy and Elvis Guitarist!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1970

IT MAY NOT be generally known that Glen Campbell is a former member of the Beach Boys... that he was once a brilliant session guitarist ...

The Byrds, The Kentucky Colonels: The Byrds: Byrd Watching (part 2)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1971

THE COUNTRY consonants of Clarence White's guitar have fooled a lot of people — me included — into thinking that the man must have come ...

The Dixie Flyers, Rita Coolidge: The Dixie Flyers

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

THEY'VE BEEN called the best rhythm section in the States — don't ask me who called them that, but I figure the guy who did ...

Carole King, Danny Kortchmar, The Fugs, James Taylor, Jo Mama: Danny Kootch: Danny Boy

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, July 1971

YOU GET this sweaty little record company office and you're issued with the regulation afternoon tea or coffee. Danny Kootch looks suitably bloated by both ...

King Curtis

Obituary by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1971

CURTIS OUSELEY – known the world over as King Curtis – was fatally wounded and died on Friday, August 13 only a few yards away ...

Al Kooper: The (Almost) Complete History of Al Kooper

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, October 1971

Tell me about the first Supersession.Well the concept came from that Grape Jam album (given free with Wow in the States but not released here), ...

King Curtis: A Good Man Gone

Obituary by Michael Lydon, Fusion, October 1971

MAYBE THIS should be a collection of unrelated notes. I’m not sure how the things I’m thinking about fit together. King Curtis is dead. That ...

Nicky Hopkins

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, December 1971

DURING THE NEXT 12 months Nicky Hopkins, the world's best-known anonymous pianist, will be the fourth German on the right no more. After years of ...

Cornell Dupree: The Boss Guitar of Cornell Dupree

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1973

CORNELL DUPREE's name will mean nothing to the general public, but those who scan LP sleeve credits will recognise him as one of America's busiest ...

Nicky Hopkins: Sixth Stone Rolls Alone

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1973

THE NEWS THAT the Rolling Stones are to tour next month without their long serving pianist Nicky Hopkins will come as a surprise to those ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds: Session Star: Jimmy Page

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, September 1973

JIMMY PAGE is as wary of discussing his formidable past as he is talking to the press in the first place. ...

Elton John: 'It's Not All Down To Elton...

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

...he's just part of a band'. And that's the way Elton John's always wanted it, drummer Nigel Olsson tells CHRIS WELCH, in a rare behind-the-scenes ...

Tom Scott: Tom Scott In LA

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, July 1975

NAT HENTOFF really should know better. Having, in the past, written liner-notes for the very best (Davis, Trane) he now finds himself eulogising the "scope ...

James Burton

Profile and Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, April 1976

IF ANY OF YOU missed seeing Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band on their recent tour, you were either very unlucky or very foolish. I ...

Patti Austin: The Jingle Queen Breaks Out

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1978

David Nathan talks to a soulful lady whose dulcet tones can also be heard on numerous American TV commercials ...

Ralph MacDonald: The Percussive Roots Of Ralph McDonald

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

Ralph's new album traces his musical roots from Africa to the Islands and America. Here he talks about his dual roles as artist and producer, ...

Richard Tee: Natural Ingredients (CBS 84194)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1980

'What A Woman Really Means'; 'Now'; 'The Nut's Off The Screw'; 'Tell It Like It Is'; 'Us'; 'Back Door Man'; 'Spinning Song' ...

Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, James Burton, Rick Nelson: James Burton

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Guitar Greats' (BBC Books), 1983

ONE OF THE GREAT rock'n'roll guitarists of the 1950s, but a man who remained virtually unknown to all but the cognoscenti until comparatively recently, is ...

Carlos Alomar, David Bowie: Carlos Alomar: Hard Driving Anchor Man For The David Bowie Show

Profile and Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar World, January 1984

IMAGINE THE fairy-tale scene this way, since this is how it actually happened: It is 1973, the setting is RCA's recording studios in New York ...

Marcus Miller, Miles Davis: Marcus Miller: Bass For All Seasons

Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar World, June 1987

What is it about MARCUS MILLER'S eternal thump that makes him Miles' choice bottom and the Bee Gees' top choice? ...

The Memphis Horns: Two-Man Memphis Horns Keep Punching Those Sounds

Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Times, January 1989

QUESTION: What do recent hit albums by Peter Gabriel, Steve Winwood and Robert Cray have in common with earlier best sellers by Otis Redding and ...

Kirsty MacColl (1990)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1990

The much-missed singer-songwriter talks about, well, everything: her love of collaboration and those she has worked with; her family; the UK Poll Tax riots and politics; the epiphany of 'Good Vibrations' and so much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 70.8mb, interview length: 1h 17' 16" sound quality: ****

King Curtis: Blow Man, Blow! (Bear BCD 15670)

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Bear Family, 1992

"BLOW MAN, BLOW!" The big man with the glittering horn sent showers of squeals and shrieks out over the heads of his ecstatic shouting audience, ...

Al Kooper, Blood Sweat & Tears: Al Kooper: The Adventures Of Kooperman

Retrospective and Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Goldmine, February 1994

THE COVER of Rekooperation, Al Kooper's new album, his first in 12 years, is divided into 16 postage stamp-sized photographic portraits of the artist as ...

James Burton: Play It, James!

Book Excerpt by Colin Escott, 'Tattooed on their Tongues' (Schirmer), 1996

JAMES BURTON CRADLES a dark red 1953 Telecaster. The finish is cracked in a few places and the fretboard is worn, but it's got ...

Booker T & The MGs: Memphis Sunset: The Mysterious Death of Stax Heartbeat Al Jackson, Jr.

Retrospective by Andria Lisle, Grand Royal, Fall 1997

July 31, 1975 – Booker T & the MGs drummer and Stax session musician Al Jackson, Jr. is shot in the chest with a .22-caliber ...

Little Walter, Dave Myers, Junior Wells: Dave Myers: They Used To Call Me The Thumper Because I Played So Hard

Interview by Robert Gordon, Oxford American, July 1998

THE FINGER-POPPING, head-bobbing joie de vivre that Dave Myers exudes all over his new CD is not readily apparent when I call him up to ...

Hall-of-Fame Hitter: Drummer Earl Palmer gets his due

Retrospective and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, January 2000

LIKE ANY GOOD GRANDFATHER, Earl Palmer has tried to find interests to share with his grandkids. So far, coin collecting has been a favorite. It's ...

Ace Cannon: The Best of Ace Cannon: The Hi Records Years

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, The Right Stuff/Hi Records, 2001

SPARE, FUNKY, and disarmingly simple. Ace Cannon and Bill Black defined a sound. There was never a surplus note or inflection. These were records that ...

Mel Brown: Whaddya Mean You've Never Heard Of… Mel Brown?

Retrospective by James Maycock, MOJO, 2002

"WITH THE GUITAR outselling all other musical instruments today," declared a Down Beat editor confidently in 1967, "it's good to have Mel Brown around to ...

A Swamper Tells the Muscle Shoals Story: An Interview with David Hood

Interview by Carl Wiser, unpublished, 2006

ABOUT TWO minutes into 'I'll Take You There', a sultry bass groove plays while Mavis Staples implores, "Little David, help me out now..." ...

Booker T & The MGs, Booker T. Jones: Booker T. Jones (2006)

Interview by Joel Selvin, Selvin On The City, KSAN 107.7, 2006

The Booker T & The MGs mainman talks about the Stax years, working with the likes of Otis Redding and Albert King, making 'Green Onions', and on to later projects with Santana, Neil Young and Boz Scaggs.

File format: mp3; file size: 25.5mb; Interview length: 27' 5"; sound quality: *****

Big Jim Sullivan: The Man With The Golden Arm

Interview by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, September 2006

Jon Stewart talks about what it takes to make it as a professional musician with Big Jim Sullivan, the legendary UK session guitarist who has ...

The Master: Reggie Young

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut Legends, December 2008

REGGIE YOUNG is a southern institution: the session guitarist's session guitarist. His inimitable licks and fills, at once clipped and fluid, have graced a zillion ...

Motown's Guitarists

Retrospective by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, April 2009

Jon Stewart celebrates the magic of Motown’s multiple guitarists ...

Barry Goldberg: Barry Goldberg/Soul Riot

Review by Steve Roeser, hollywoodconcerts.com, December 2009

BARRY GOLDBERG has been flying under the radar forever, the man who always seems to be there in the thick of things, quietly, unobtrusively making ...

Roben Jones: Memphis Boys – The Story of American Studios (University Press Of Mississippi)

Book Review by Mike Atherton, Blues & Rhythm, 2011

"THOSE SEVEN MUSICIANS, the American rhythm section, are the most creative and innovative studio musicians I know," said Memphis promotion man Marty Lacker, who, having ...

Top 10 Hits from the '60s: Who Played on 'Em

Retrospective by Harold Bronson, Rock's Backpages, January 2014

THE WRECKING CREW, a much-needed documentary about the behind-the-scenes elite crop of studio musicians who provided the instrumentation for many of the hits of the ...

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