In Your Ear: Michael Douglas

Acclaimed actor Michael Douglas opens up his music file and tells listeners what he grooves to.

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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And now it's time for our segment we call In Your Ear where we ask some of our guests who have stopped by our studios to tell us what's on their play lists. Today, an actor who has portrayed presidents, Wall Street titans and scoundrels, and was the on screen victim of a fatal attraction. He tells us about some of the music he cannot live without.

(Soundbite of song "Rock & Roll")

LED ZEPPELIN: It's been a long time since I did the stroll...

Mr. MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Actor): Hi. I'm Michael Douglas and the question is what have I been listening to lately, and it's the same thing I've been listening to for the last 30 years. I love Led Zeppelin...

(Soundbite of song "Rock & Roll")

LED ZEPPELIN: It's been a long time, been a long lonely, lonely, lonely time.

Mr. DOUGLAS: I just love Creedence Clearwater. I love, obviously, the Beatles.

(Soundbite of song "Revolution")

THE BEATLES: You say you want a revolution well, you know...

Mr. DOUGLAS: I love Tito Puente, bless his soul.

(Soundbite of Tito Puente playing saxophone)

Mr. DOUGLAS: I used to enjoy him. A lot of the Cuban music I enjoy.

(Soundbite of jazz music)

Mr. DOUGLAS: I think I'm caught in a time warm and I'm a jazz fanatic. I enjoy jazz tremendously and so I - I find myself constantly turning to the classic stations both in jazz and in rock & roll.

(Soundbite of jazz music)

Mr. DOUGLAS: And, the best music probably for me was the Paul Butterfield Blues album called "East West," and there was a cut on that called "East West" that goes on for about 12 or 13 minutes.

(Soundbite of "East West")

Mr. DOUGLAS: And had a strong influence in my life in the '60s and sort of brought together the eastern influences of the Maharishi Michejda which I was working with at the time, as well as the electric guitar of Paul Bloomfield.

(Soundbite of music)

MARTIN: That's actor Michael Douglas telling us what's been playing in his ear.

(Soundbite of music)

MARTIN: And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin and this is Tell Me More from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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