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Jim Delehant

Jim Delehant

After high school (1958) I went to Southern Ct. State College and took journalism courses. At that same time I also attended Paier Art School. I wanted to be a newspaper man like Hemingway. I later moved to New York City looking for work. At night I hit all the jazz clubs; walked thru Washington Square Park, under the arch and saw artists perform such as Dylan and Baez by the water fountain. Lovin' Spoonful, Peter Paul Mary, Fred Neil and watched Hendrix jam with Georgie Fame at Café Wha. There were plenty of blues shows happening in the heavenly Apollo.

In 1962 I answered a newspaper ad for a music editor at Charlton Publication in Derby Ct. I started working there right away. From that time until '64, which was an extremely boring music scene, fake stories like "The Secret life of Connie Stevens" were published on a regular basis. The only source of information used to create these articles, at that time, came from record company bios and from publicity material. During those years I also edited (magazines) Rhythm and Blues, Country Song Roundup, Song Hits, wrote for Cavalier, Downbeat and Jazz Journal. In 1964 the Beach Boys and Beatles changed everything suddenly. Other groups were happening — Byrds, Baez, Dylan, Donovan, etc. I hooked up a tape recorder to my phone and started interviewing. Now it was exciting!

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The Amboy Dukes: Meet The Amboy Dukes

Profile and Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1969

TED NUGENT – lead guitar ...

Archie Shepp, The Byrds, John Coltrane, Ravi Shankar, Yusef Lateef: Tempo: Coltrane, Shankar and All That Rock & Roll

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1966

IN OUR FEATURE on the Byrds (in the July issue) they credited several sources of unconventional music as influences. They were quite specific about Indian ...

B.B. King: Tempo: B.B. King (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967

ANYTHING YOU want to sell nowadays, all you've got to do is advertise. I think people are just beginning to advertise blues. Aretha Franklin, for ...

The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson: Dennis Wilson: We Just Want To Be A Good Group

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, June 1967

Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson is, according to Brian, "The most messed up person I know. He's too nervous. He has to keep moving all ...

Big Joe Williams, Chuck Berry, Duke Ellington, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Sonny Rollins: Tempo: R&B and Jazz Album Reviews

Review by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1966

FOR SOME reason, recordings of live rock and roll shows are selling very well. You can hardly hear the music above the enthusiastic audience response ...

Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Mike Bloomfield Puts Down Everything (part 1)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1967

BY NOW, MANY of you must have heard the Paul Butterfield Blues Band albums and marvelled over the guitar playing of Mike Bloomfield. Through Mike's ...

Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Mike Bloomfield Puts Down Everything (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, February 1967

HERE WE are back at the Cafe Au Go Go continuing the final half of our chat with Mike Bloomfield. Since last month, Mike and ...

Bob Dylan, Mike Bloomfield: Impressions of Bob Dylan by Mike Bloomfield

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, June 1968

As told to Jim Delehant ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Candy Store Prophets, The Monkees: Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart On Monkees, Music & Mayhem

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, July 1967

Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart are responsible for a lot of Monkee music and soon, a lot of their own music. In the following interview ...

The Byrds: Jim McGuinn & David Crosby: My Favorite Records

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1966

By Jim McGuinn (Leader of the Byrds) ...

The Byrds, Gene Clark, Paul Revere & The Raiders: What's In Store For Drake Levin (Ex-Raider), Gene Clark (Ex-Byrd)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, March 1967

Will they start a store together? Maybe a diner or a hockey team, or mow lawns? Naw.... because the other day we were sitting on ...

Candy Store Prophets, The Monkees, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart: Boyce & Hart On Monkees, Music & Mayhem (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1967

IF YOU own the first two Monkees' albums, you know that Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart wrote 'Last Train To Clarksville', 'I'm Not Your Steppin' ...

The Coasters, The Drifters, Tom Dowd: Atlantic's Tom Dowd: The Real Music Man

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, May 1968

TOM DOWD is a walking encyclopedia on the history of American pop music. In fact, Tom Dowd created twenty years of pop history since he ...

James Cotton, Muddy Waters: Tempo: Muddy Waters

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, July 1966

NOW THAT THE blues bands are on the threshold of "shaking their money maker," it's a curious fact that the original bands who have been ...

Cream: Jack & Ginger Make The Cream Work

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, October 1968

Ginger: I was born August 19, 1939. I was schooled in Southeast London. I got involved with music as soon as I left school. I've been ...

Cream: Making The Cream Work, part 2

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1968

IN A BRITISH interview recently, Clapton denied the Cream breakup but added that the group can't last forever and each member had personal ambitions. Eric ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: John, Tom, Stu And Doug

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1970

HP: What kind of music did you hear as a kid? ...

Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper: The Stax Story (part 7): Eddie Floyd

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, March 1968

EDDIE FLOYD, born June 25, 1935 in Montgomery, Alabama, grew up with the idea of entertaining as a profession. Eddie idolized Johnny Ace from the ...

Otis Redding, Steve Cropper: The Otis Redding I Knew

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, June 1968

interview with Steve Cropper MY ORIGINAL feeling for Otis wound up to be my final feeling for Otis. He was a pure man. Anything you ...

The Dells: 1953 Doo Wop to 1969 Class

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1969

By Chuck Barksdale of the Dells ...

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison: Roy Orbison's Own Rock History #1

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967

As told to Jim Delehant ...

David Porter, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave: The Stax Story (Part 6): Porter & Hayes, Producers

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, February 1968

ISAAC HAYES and Dave Porter have written about one hundred and fifty songs together for Stax artists and also produced most of them. So far their ...

Jefferson Airplane: Paul Kantner on After Bathing At Baxter's

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, February 1968

OUR NEXT album will be called After Bathing At Baxter's. I wrote about five songs on it. I really can't say which one of our ...

Jimmy Reed: Tempo: Jimmy Reed

Profile and Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1966

A MISSISSIPPI cum Chicago Blues-man named Jimmy Reed is one of the original practitioners of what everybody is just discovering. He holds the thankless job ...

Albert King: Tempo: Albert King # 2

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1968

As Told To Jim Delehant ...

Albert King: Tempo: Albert King #1

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, July 1968

As Told To Jim Delehant ...

B.B. King: Tempo: B.B. King

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1967

B.B. King has been getting some attention lately; still not enough for a great master, but it's attention anyway. Charles Keil did a chapter on ...

Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds: Jimmy Page's New Yardbirds

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1968

JIMMY PAGE, the last member to join the Yardbirds, is now the group leader and at this writing was auditioning two new musicians. The old ...

Lonnie Mack: Four Years After 'Memphis'

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, May 1968

LONNIE MCINTOSH was born in Harrison, Indiana on July 18, 1941 but the family soon moved to Aurora where he went to school and spent ...

The Lovin' Spoonful, The Rolling Stones: The New Thing and the Blue Thing: An Interview with Keith Richards and John Sebastian

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, April 1966

BY NOW, EVERYONE must be aware that records just don't sound like they did 10 years ago — 3 years ago in fact. ...

Taj Mahal: The Mind Of A Modern Bluesman: Taj Mahal

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1969

I AM A crazy swamp guy. I love swamps. Brick buildings are cool too, they have their own grotesque beauty and this is a very ...

Mose Allison: Tempo: Mose Allison

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1968

"BLUES IS A very limited thing to play. I have to keep adding things to it to keep it interesting. I keep striving for higher ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: My Favorite Records: Frank Zappa, Boss Mother

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1967

IF YOU WANT to learn how to play guitar, listen to Wes Montgomery. You also should go out and see if you can get a ...

Nina Simone: God Bless The Child

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1969

NINA SIMONE was born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, the sixth of eight children. Her mother worked as a housekeeper and her father was ...

Roy Orbison's Own Rock History #3

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, February 1968

PRACTICALLY everything that's happening in music now, came from Memphis. I'd say it would have to be just chance because that's where the studios were, ...

Otis Redding — Fare Thee Well

Obituary by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, April 1968

AN AIRPLANE belonging to Otis Redding Enterprises fell into the freezing waters of a Wisconsin lake, Sunday, December 10, and the following day skin divers ...

Otis Redding, Steve Cropper: "The Otis Redding I Knew", by Steve Cropper

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, June 1968

MY ORIGINAL feeling for Otis wound up to be my final feeling for Otis. He was a pure man. Anything you say about him has ...

Jimmy Page, The Yardbirds: Yardbird Jimmy Page says, 'Open Your Mind'

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, March 1967

In the December issue of H.P., you read a little background on Jimmy Page, who is the new Yardbird. He started off on bass to ...

Wilson Pickett: Official Sound Report: An Interview with Wilson Pickett

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, April 1967

AS WE WALKED into Wilson Pickett's dressing room at the Apollo in New York, two shady characters were in the process of selling a freshly ...

Wilson Pickett: The Humor of… Wilson Pickett

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1967

WILSON PICKETT started his singing career in the spiritual field in the city of Detroit. He and his family moved there when Wilson was in ...

Otis Redding: "Soul Survivor"

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1967

WHO WILL be the big soul singer, the one to last and last? We have James Brown, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett and the subject of ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Robinson: The Miracle Of Motown

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, April 1968

BILL "SMOKEY" Robinson, the leader of the Miracles, couldn't decide between athletics and engineering. At Northern High School in Detroit (where all the Miracles were ...

Roy Orbison's Own Rock History #2

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1968

THE MUSIC business is a little better now because there are more attractive deals for the artists. Some record companies offer 10% deals, where the ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Inside The Mind of Paul Simon (part 1)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1967

A LOT OF readers have been asking for an interview with Simon and Garfunkel. After much difficulty in tracing them down (it was impossible to ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Inside The Mind of Paul Simon (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1967

Last month, Paul Simon commented on current singers, songs and his own songwriting. He gets into it again this time along with a dash of ...

T-Bone Walker: Tempo: T-Bone Walker

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, June 1966

WHEN AARON T-Bone Walker plays guitar he makes people cry and he gets response from the audience as though the performance was really a church ...

Joe Tex: The Wonderful Adventures of Joe Tex

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, July 1967

WE'VE HEARD very few Joe Tex songs, even album songs, that we didn't tike. He tops that on stage with his great band. Plus, he's ...

Willie Dixon

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1968

WILLIE DIXON was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1915. He came to Chicago in 1935 out of curiosity and the hope of making a better ...

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