November 27, 2017

Happy 75th Birthday Jimi Hendrix? The Legendary Billy Cox Talks “Gypsys”

Today would have been Jimi Hendix’s 75th birthday.  That doesn’t seem possible.  My first needle drop was in May of 1967 and my “mind was blown!” My friends and I had never heard anything like it.  Billy Cox joined Hendrix in 1970.  The new trio was Jimi, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles.  I caught up with Billy Cox in 2010 and he takes us into some areas of Jimi’s life I had never heard before.  Simply put, fascinating.  Enjoy! @calvertwcsx

My Classic Conversation with Billy Cox. Circa 2010

(Photo Google/Getty)

 

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November 24, 2017

David Cassidy in 1971 with Shirley Eder (A Must Listen)

On Tuesday November 21st we lost David Cassidy. I can’t say I was a fan.  At the time, I was submersed in rock and roll.  Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Hendrix et All.  I certainly understood his appeal to his legions of young fans.  I never interviewed David Cassidy.  Shirley Eder did.  Shirley Eder died at age 85 in May of 2005.  She was an iconic ‘star watcher’ with credentials as long as the third grade.  She interviewed everybody, and I do mean everybody.  My producer at WJR was Kevin Collard.  Kevin was a tireless worker. He has achieved hundreds of hours of my programs and many more from Shirley Eder.

I found some background on Shirley Eder on Variety.com.  Her celebrity column ran in the Detroit Free Press and in syndication from the early 1960s until 1993. After retiring from the Free Press, she wrote for other newspapers, women’s and celebrity magazines. Shirley was a regular on television and radio, including entertainment segments on Detroit’s WJBK-TV and WJR-AM radio. She also was an entertainment reporter for WXYZ-TV in the 80s and 90s, covering celebrity news as well as the Oscars and other award shows.

Kevin provided this interview and I found it fascinating.  Have a listen.  Enjoy!

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October 31, 2017

Living In The USA With Steve Miller

 

A new 4-LP Steve Miller Band collection was recently released. Ultimate Hits spans his entire career and also includes eight previously unreleased recordings.

Ultimate Hits features 40 songs from Miller’s long career, starting with a recording of 5-year-old Miller talking to his godfather, electric guitar pioneer Les Paul. The collection then winds through some of Miller’s best and most popular tracks — including his first No. 1, “The Joker”; “Fly Like an Eagle”; and “Abracadabra,” another No. 1 single — while making room for some never-heard cuts.

Among those new recordings are live versions of favorites like “Living in the USA,” demos (including an early version of “Take the Money and Run”) and a previously unreleased take on the R&B classic “In the Midnight Hour.” (Courtesy Ultimate Classic Rock)

I chatted with Steve Miller 1n 2004. Enjoy!

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October 29, 2017

“There’s a New Kid In Town. Everybody’s Talking”

The Eagles were in Detroit Friday night at the new Little Caesars Arena.  Based on every report and review it was “spectacular.” I came across an interview I did with Don Henley back in 2004. Have a listen. Enjoy!

 

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October 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Chad Smith!

Happy Birthday Chad Smith!  I caught up with Chad back in March, 2014.  Simply put, you will not meet a nicer person.  Enjoy!

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