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Sam Cooke’s popularity didn’t stop him from trying to improve himself and his music, from an intellectual standpoint. Having started with traditional hymns and adding new lyrics, he had attained success and kept challenging himself intellectually, reading everything from Aristotle to James Baldwin. In this podcast, author Peter Guralnick, Sam’s bro…
 
In this episode, PIR artist Jean Carne describes the Philly sound as one that made you want to dance with its grooves, and was filled with positive lyrical messages as well. “If you sing with emotion, the better the audience will love you. And I wanted to be loved” - Bunny “Mr. Emotions” Sigler, who Gamble and Huff found in their now exhaustive tal…
 
“I look cool but on the inside I’m a nervous wreck” - Nick Ashford. As they began their career as performers, Nick and Valerie found some challenges in appearing on stage, as Nick details in this podcast. ”In the early years, I was just uncomfortable. They would put towels around me I’d sweat so much before I’d even go on.” But they also found they…
 
In this podcast, the living legend of blues guitar describes his start in Louisiana, his relationship with the instrument and the move to Chicago. Once there, he established himself at the 708 Club, which lead to his first encounter with the “MF”s at Chess, including “Muddy, Wolf and Walter” (as in Waters, Howling and Little!). Buddy’s excitement a…
 
The story of Bill Withers continues with the artist, himself, thinking back to the the making of his debut album. The record was produced by legendary R&B keyboardist Booker T Jones. In an odd twist, the backing band was most of the Booker T & the MGs, but with Steven Stills subbing for Steve Cropper. The combination was perfect for Bill Wither’s a…
 
Fats Waller’s famous compositions of the 1930s and 40s have attained an immortal, standard-level of recognition and have stood the test of time. But what is lesser known is that Fats Waller was also an entertainer par excellence, bringing the music he performed to life with jokes and asides to the audience. As historian Dick Hyman explains, “he was…
 
In this podcast, musicians Herbie Hancock, David Amram and Jimmy Cobb address the music theory behind Kind of Blue, and how the feeling of the musicians was equally as important as the compositions themselves in its creation. Considered “Modal Jazz” as it is written from a few basic notes that form the structure of the song, it is as Herbie Hancock…
 
Philadelphia International takes over the airwaves of the 70s: the incredible O’Jays are featured in this podcast, with founding member Walter WIlliams, who talks about growing up with Eddie Levert in Ohio, where they were REQUIRED to sing gospel. After an encounter with Gamble and Huff during and Intruders show at the Apollo Theatre, The O’Jays jo…
 
Nick and Valerie describe their years as songwriters with Motown, and the moment when they asked Berry Gordy for a “divorce,” so they could become artists themselves. It turned out to be the best of both worlds, as they would frequently return to work with various Motown artists, while continuing to grow as performers themselves. Valerie Simpson ma…
 
The music of Bill Withers can definitely speak for itself as a timeless collection of songs, perfect for 1971 with it’s mix of gritty southern R&B, introspective and politically charged lyrics, and even a touch of Woodstock hippie vibes. But his debut album, “Just as I Am” has a very underrated role in the history of landmark albums by DIY artists …
 
Strangely enough, two things happened to Fats after he died: he essentially disappeared from our culture’s memory for over 30 years, and when he was talked about, it centered around his clowning and humor, which was sorely misunderstood. Despite his untimely death, Fats Waller spent nearly every day of his short life making the music he loved. In t…
 
The legendary track “Cupid” kicks off our second Sam Cooke feature. As soon as you hear his voice, it’s undeniable that this is what Sam Cooke was born to do. His brother, LC Cooke, talks here about the moment Sam knew that he was going to be pro very early in life. Even as a kid, he used to perform for popsicle sticks representing his audience to …
 
Our second Miles Davis segment begins with legendary saxophonist Jackie McLean and Kind of Blue drummer Jimmy Cobb talking about the sound Miles was after with his 1959 sextet at the first Kind of Blue recording session on March 2, 1959. Herbie Hancock also adds his thoughts on Miles’ priority for the session to capture the moment - not to do multi…
 
As introduced by the host, Jeff Foxx, Philly International’s biggest hits were filled with lush strings and beautiful horns from their house orchestra, MFSB. Gamble & Huff recall what they remember about the arrangements, and call out many of the people who were responsible for these recordings. Members of the Delfonics discuss Thom Bell’s arrangem…
 
For part 2, Ashford and Simpson discuss how they first got introduced at Motown. They almost ran out before the meeting started, so thank got they stuck around. This piece includes bits of Nickolas and Valerie’s own performances of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You’re All I Need to Get By” from their new live CD/DVD release The Real Thing. P…
 
Our Black History Month feature for Saturdays will be bluesman Buddy Guy in his own words and music. Buddy Guy’s own comments come from an exclusive interview session, and include many recollections and insights that will heard on your station for the first time. Hosted by journalist Anthony DeCurtis, this four-part series also includes 15 classic …
 
Every Friday in February, find out why Bill Withers is just as he is. In a rare interview, Bill discusses his career as a groundbreaking singer/songwriter. He mostly focuses on his 1971 debut “Just as I am” - a classic album that features hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Grandma’s Hands.” His low-key mix of folk, funk and gospel is evident on tho…
 
Thursdays are Fats Waller day here at the Legacy Podcasts, in honor of Black History Month. Fats Waller is one of America’s great composers and performers of the 20th century. His songs, stride piano style and on-stage and on-screen antics were legendary and made him one of the first African-American superstars. Count Basie sat at his feet to learn…
 
Legacy Podcasts’ Black History Month series continues with a four-part look at the highly influential career of Sam Cooke. You’ll hear music from throughout his career that displays the great bredth of his talent before his tragic death in 1964 at the age of 33 - from his gospel roots to his upbeat classic hits, and from his high energy live concer…
 
We launch our 28 days of Black History series with the first of four segments on legendary songwriting duo Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. These two have been responsible for many of the biggest r&b hits of the last 40 years - including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “I’m Every Woman,” and their own clas…
 
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