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Carl Wiser

Carl Wiser

Working as a disc jockey in Hartford, Connecticut, Carl compiled a database of song information to help with show prep. In 1999, it went online as Songfacts.com, which focuses on the stories behind the songs.

List of articles in the library by artist

Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson: "The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula…"

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, April 2013

IN 1972, JETHRO TULL released Thick As A Brick, an entire album comprised of one song. Critics hated it. "You can listen to it, but ...

Devo and 'Whip It'

Retrospective and Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, December 2003

WHAT WOULD YOU DO if the National Guard came to your school and shot your friends? That's the question Neil Young posed in his song ...

Doobie Brothers, Tom Johnston: Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, October 2009

AS A GUITARIST and vocalist with The Doobie Brothers, Tom Johnston wrote the kind of joyful rock that is truly classic: 'Listen To The Music', 'China ...

Foreigner's Mick Jones (2009)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, October 2009

On songwriting, production and working with stepson Mark Ronson: the Englishman in New York fills in the gaps.

File format: mp3; file size: 34.2mb; Interview length: 37' 21"; sound quality: ***

Grand Funk Railroad's Don Brewer (2004)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, 2004

Grand Funk sticksman Don Brewer talks about mega-hit 'We're An American Band', choosing cover versions, and being produced by Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa.

File format: mp3; file size: 10.2mb, interview length: 22' 11" sound quality: * (phoner)

Millie Jackson: An Interview

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, May 2010

"LET WHITE FOLKS cross over to me..." An R&B star with a stunning voice, Millie Jackson was close to breaking into the mainstream like her ...

Benny Mardones and 'Into the Night'

Retrospective and Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, March 2011

YOU STILL HEAR 'Into the Night' on just about every Adult Contemporary radio station – it's the song that starts, "She's just 16 years old, ...

Procol Harum's Keith Reid (2009)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, April 2009

Procol Harum lyricist Reid looks back at the writing of such classics as 'Whiter Shade of Pale', and brings us up to date with his current projects.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.7mb; Interview length: 42' 59"; sound quality: ***

War: The War Story: An Interview with War's Original Drummer Harold Brown

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, March 2007

AS DRUMMER FOR THE BAND WAR, Harold Brown was part of the vibrant music scene of the late-'60s and early-'70s that included Jim Morrison, Jimi ...

Bill Withers (2004)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, January 2004

A masterclass in songwrting from a master songwriter: how his songs came into being, collaborations with others and how his life experiences are reflected in his lyrics.

File format: mp3; file size: 27.4mb, interview length: 29' 59" sound quality: ** (phone)

The Yardbirds' Jim McCarty (2010)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, November 2010

Yardbird Jim looks back at the halcyon days of 'Shape of Things' – the songwriting, the guitarists Clapton, Beck and Page and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 12mb, total interview length: 26' 15" sound quality: * (phoner)

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Carol Kaye (2011)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 2011

Top L.A. session bass player Kaye talks about her life in the Tinsel Town studios, laying down the low end for the likes of the Beach Boys, Monkees, Sinatra and so many more.

File format: mp3 File size: 16.1mb Interview length: 35' 13"; Sound quality: * (phoner)

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..." ...

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