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Ashford and Simpson 3

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 15 - 2009

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 maintains a generous point of view on writing for others: “I wear the hat of a songwriter when I’m writing.  That’s the idea — for some great artist to sing your song.  I’m really happy when I hear Diana Ross sing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — I could not have done that better!”  Reflecting on the countless covers of that most famous composition, she says, “the song belongs to everyone.”Songs included:  “I’m Every Woman” “Your Precious Love” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand”

Producer: Joyride Media

Recommended: Ashford & Simpson: The Real Thing

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Bill Withers 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 13 - 2009

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 who circumvented the major label system.   Bill discusses how he was put off by the LA star machine and wound up landing at Clarence Avant’s startup indie label, Sussex Records.

Producer: Joyride Media

Reccomended: Bill Withers catalog

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Sam Cooke 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 11 - 2009

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 prepare for a life free of the 9-5 grind.  Click the big play button for more.

Producer:  Joyride Media

Recommended: The Best of Sam Cooke

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Love Train 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 9 - 2009

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 arrangements of their early hits like “Ready or Not” and “La La La La La Means I love You.”  We also hear from Russel Tompkins, Jr of the Stylistics.

Producer:  Joyride Media

Recommended:  Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia Concert DVD

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Ashford and Simpson 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 8 - 2009

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.

Producer: Joyride Media

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Bill Withers 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 6 - 2009

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 those two hits and throughout the album.

Producer: Joyride Media

Reccomended: Bill Withers catalog

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Sam Cooke 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 4 - 2009

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 concerts to his recordings of late-night mood pieces.  Interview subjects include R&B legend Bobby Womack, Sam’s brother L.C. Cooke, and drummer Hal Blaine.

Look for updates every Wednesday all February!

Producer:  Joyride Media

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Love Train 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 2 - 2009

Our Black History Month series continues with the first of four pieces on the great artists of Philly International Records.

Producer:  Joyride Media

Recommended:  Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia Concert DVD

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Ashford and Simpson 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 1 - 2009

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 classic “Solid.”

The Real Thing – their new live album is in stores now on CD and DVD, featuring brand-new performances of these classic songs and many more.

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To Be Free – The Nina Simone Story 3

Posted by Podmaster On November - 10 - 2008

Part 3 of the Nina Simone podcast series takes an in-depth look at how Nina’s career was affected by the civil rights struggle of the 50s and 60s.   The injustices of racism inspired the songs she wrote and performed, but her public stances on these issues did not endear her to the establishment. Nina’s friend, poet Camille Yarbrough, will always remember three phone calls from the FBI (including one at 3am), asking what she knew about Nina’s “business.”  Her response is priceless.

This episode also includes pieces of some of Nina’s best-known original songs – “Backlash Blues,” “Mississippi God Damn,” and “Revolution” (credited as a Nina Simone composition, though clearly borrowing from The Beatles).   These and other songs can be heard with the Rhapsody Playlist link below.

Recommended: To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

Producer: Joyride Media

Nina Simone Rhapsody Playlist

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