Mama Cass Elliot with her Mamas and the Papas bandmates John Phillips and Denny Doherty in 1966.
March 26, 2000 As part of NPR's continuing series on the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century, Elizabeth Blair reports on the enduring popularity of the song Dream a Little Dream of Me.
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February 6, 2000 Liane Hansen speaks with Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn, who also performs a selection from the studios of KQED, San Francisco. His new cd is "Breakfast in New Orleans Dinner in Timbuktu" (Rykodisc RCD 10407).
September 17, 1999 The year long series, Lost and Found Sound, presents the story of Sam Phillips, the man who founded and ran the Memphis Recording Service. Phillips was a rural boy with the dream of capturing songs of poor Southern people on records. He started in radio. Then, in the late 1940's, he opened a studio in Memphis. The sound he captured has helped shape rock and roll and American music ever since. We hear from Phillips, his family, friends, music experts and some of his recording talent, as they recall the years when Phillips came to realize his dream.
May 3, 1999 Music Reviewer Will Hermes listens to music from energetic folk rocker Dan Bern. Hermes finds Smartie Mine, the new double-CD from Dan Bern, filled with rant and raves and lots of fun. The CD is self-released, something unexpected from someone with a contract with Sony Records.
December 3, 1998 Commentator John McDonough recalls an interview he had with the late film composer Bernard Herrmann some years ago. He's prompted to this remembrance on the eve of the opening of a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The new movie follows the first very closely, including the use of Herrmann's score. At the time of the original Psycho, critics were not impressed by the music — no soundtrack album was released. Today, though, Herrmann's work stands out.
June 13, 1998 We meet Fugazi, a seminal punk rock band. Their new album is called End Hits It's their ninth album in the last 11 years...and as they've done from the beginning, they've recorded and sold their records themselves, shunning the record industry. The band says you can be artistically and economically independent and still succeed.
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April 29, 1986 With songs like "Suzanne," "Bird on a Wire," "So Long, Marianne" and "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye," singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen created his own brand of folk-rock art music. Listeners discovered Cohen's songs in the mid-'60s when Judy Collins recorded "Suzanne," and Cohen followed that by recording his own album of his songs. Cohen discusses his career with Terry Gross.
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