May 6, 1999 Host Renee Montagne talks with Alice Echols about her biography of singer, songwriter Janis Joplin "Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin".
April 10, 1999 Scott talks with David Sanjeck, an archivist at Broadcast Music Incorporate (BMI) about the influence of British rock on American ears. Scott gets to play the Sex Pistols on NPR air, as well as everything from the Rolling Stones to the Spice Girls.
March 27, 1999 Scott Simon interviews Argentinian composer Lalo Schifrin. He's composed the soundtrack for movies such as Cool Hand Luke, Dirty Harry, and The Cincinnati Kid, and of course, his famous tune, the theme song from the TV show Mission Impossible. His most recent work is the score for the movie Tango.
March 6, 1999 Dusty Springfield died of breast cancer this week. Brooke talks about her recording "The Look of Love," which is now coveted by record collectors, with audiophile John Valin.
March 3, 1999 We remember British singer Dusty Springfield, who died after a five year battle with breast cancer. She was known for the 1960's hits "Son of a Preacher Man," and "Wishin' and Hopin'." Her husky-voiced style was termed "white soul." Springfield was 59. (4:30)Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its orginal broadcast form.
February 20, 1999 Scott talks with country music divas Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmy-Lou Harris about their latest collaboration, Trio II. The CD is available from Arista Records.
January 12, 1999 Orlandus Wilson, one of the original members of the gospel quartet the Golden Gate Quartet, died in Paris at the end of last year. We"ll hear a portion of one of his songs, done in "jubilee" style, which features a focus on rhythm. Wilson"s group changed how traditional gospel music is sung and produced. Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form.
January 7, 1999 Host Susan Stamberg talks to Luciano Pavarotti about his music, his voice, and his latest performance with pop stars to help raise money for war orphans. Pavorotti"s recent activities have included marking the thirtieth anniversary of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, getting a hip replacement and celebrating his sixty-third birthday. (8:41) Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form.
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.
October 8, 1998 Host Renee Montagne talks with members of the band, Los Super Seven. The Mexican-American super group, composed of members of Los Lobos as well as Tejano singer Ruben Ramos, country-pop star Freddy Fender, and Joe Ely, came together to play the music they remember from their youth, growing up along Texas border towns. (7:08) [CD is Los Super Seven, on RCA Records] Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form .
September 15, 1998 Violinist, singer and composer Andrew Bird tries to re-create another time and place with his music. His new CD, Thrills, combines modern composition with an old sound: swing.
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September 13, 1998 Liane Hansen speaks to rising piano star Helene Grimaud (ay-LENN gree-MOH). The French pianist"s new cd features Brahms" Concerto No. 1, Opus 15. (Erato 3984-21633-2) 13:50 NOTE: Due to internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form.
September 12, 1998 Jacki talks with country music singer Connie Smith. Smith's first album in 20 years is being released in October. ("Connie Smith" Warner Brothers/Nashville, 1998). Beginning in 1964 rode a wave of successful country hits. She had five top-ten albums, 12 top 20 albums, and 48 Billboard chart singles. Then she stopped recording to order to devote time to her family and religion. (10:00) (S
September 5, 1998 Daniel speaks to Paul Richards, Bert Lams, and Hideyo Moriya, also known as the California Guitar Trio. The group uses a unique method of tuning their guitars which enables them to hit higher high notes, and lower low notes. This allows them to play classical compositions, such as Bach"s Moonlight Sonata, which are normally impossible on guitar. They play some songs from their latest CD "Pathways", demonstrating that they play not only classical music but rock and surf tunes as well. They kick off their tour of the western US tonight in Salt Lake City. For tour dates, visit their webpage www.cgtrio.com ("Pathways"; 1998 Discipline Records)
July 25, 1998 Last year, critics called the English pop scene hip and groovy. But now, a leading British music magazine says music in the country is passe. NPR"s Matthew Cowan investigates the fickle trends of British bands.
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