Claudette Robinson talks about her singing career in the Miracles as well as the early days of Motown. The former wife of Smokey Robinson also discusses the talent he brought to the group.
Cecil and Margoulef created a synthesizer that was not just one instrument, but all instruments. TONTO (The Original New Timbral Orchestra) as it was called was so impressive that it caught the attention of Stevie Wonder who worked with Cecil and Margoulef on albums like, Music of My Mind.
Pioneering bass guitar player, Larry Graham talks about how his trademark “slap bass” guitar sound came to be as well as being a member of Sly and the Family Stone. The fact that this interview takes place on a tropical beach is just icing on the cake.
Sly and the Family Stone were one of the most pioneering and influential bands in their day, both musically and socially. This series of interviews really shows how close and caring they are with each other and how that translated into their music.
The Rock and Roll series was not just about the musicians, but also the people behind the scenes. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone more behind the scenes then recording engineer, Tom Dowd. Watch as he talks about working with Jerry Wexler, Leiber and Stoller, and Phil Spector.
Few individuals were as involved in the music business as Sonny Bono. Hear him discusses how he came up in the industry as a promotion and marketing man, to songwriter, to full-fleged recording artist.
You might just give Disco music another listen after watching this interview with Henri Belolo where he speaks about coming from France to America so he could capture the “Philadelphia Sound” on his records. He also describes how he came up with the song, YMCA for The Village People.
Todays interview highlight comes from piano player, Greg Phillinganes. He discusses being in studio recording sessions with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson while playing memorable music he contributed to on legendary albums.