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Nina Simone

To Be Free – The Nina Simone Story 2

Posted by Podmaster On November - 7 - 2008

The Nina Simone podcast series continues with a great story from Nina Simone’s close friend, Vertamae Grosvenor, involving a “to go” plate of home cooking Nina wanted for a flight nearly 20 years ago.  This is an excellent example of content about a legendary artist that you can only hear in these Legacy Podcast episodes.  After listening to this piece, please browse around the site to hear similar pieces about Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and so many other great musicians.

This segment kicks off with a bit of Nina singing “See Line Woman.” Even if you are new to Nina’s music, you may know this song thanks to recent covers by Feist and Ollabelle, and the Masters at Work Remix on the Verve Remixed collection.  You can also click below to compare all these tracks in Rhapsody.

You’ll also hear comments by Patti Smith, as she remembers being inspired by a Nina Simone concert she saw at New York’s long-gone venue, The Village Gate.

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Producer: Joyride Media

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To Be Free – The Nina Simone Story 1

Posted by Podmaster On November - 5 - 2008

Welcome to the three-part podcast series, To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story.

Nina Simone was as powerful and complex a person as the music she played.  In this first episode, Nina’s daughter, known simply as Simone, and journalist David Nathan try their best to define what Nina meant by the concept of “black classical music.”  A great example of this mixture of muscical ideas is found in the performance of “Love Me or Leave Me” from the Ed Sullivan Show in 1960.

This piece also features some great comments by folk singer, Odetta, and Nina’s musical director Al Schackman.  It also includes music from the new deluxe box set, also titled To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story.

Recommended: To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

Producer: Joyride Media

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Philly International Records Radio Hour Part 3

Posted by Legacy Recordings On March - 31 - 2008

Gamble and Huff share their “formula for success” in the music business. According to these industry legends, it all comes down the need to “feel it” and never “force it.” They also discuss how community involvement has always been intergral to their marketing strategies. Teddy Pendergrass, one of the finest voices from the Philly International roster, also chimes in about his experiences with Gamble & Huff.

Producer: Joyride Media

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Philly International Records Radio Hour Part 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On March - 25 - 2008

Gamble and Huff explain their songwriting process, and how they decided which artist would perform each would-be hit. As an example, Gamble & Huff and Billy Paul recall the origins of their classic “Me and Mrs. Jones,” how Paul was chosen to sing it, and one of his first experience performing it live. We’ll also hear an excerpt of the MFSB classic “TSOP,” which was originally written as the theme for “Soul Train.”

Producer: Joyride Media

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Philly International Records Radio Hour Part 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On March - 18 - 2008

In this segment, we are introduced to 2008 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff as they recount their early days on the Philadelphia music scene and one of their first big national hits as songwriters/producers – “Cowboys to Girls” by The Intruders. Gamble and Huff also discuss their what inspired them to start Philadelphia International Records and how they immediately struck gold with The O’Jays first hits “Love Train” and “For the Love of Money.”

Producer: Joyride Media

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Sly & the Family Stone – John Mayer speaks

Posted by Legacy Recordings On November - 2 - 2007

Even though Sly and the Family Stone were together for a short period of time, their music continues to influence artists of many styles. Pop star John Mayer tells us about he teamed up with legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy to put a serious edge on Sly’s “You Can Make It If You Try.” Click here to listen.

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Sly and the Family Stone (Part 3)

Posted by Podmaster On September - 10 - 2007

Sly Stone

On our third episode, Chuck D, Rose Stone and Joel Selvin discuss the style and musical complexities of SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE. The hit “Thank You For Letting Me By Myself” is also a point of discussion. Ben Fong-Torres hosts.

RECOMMENDED: Sly and the Family Stone Greatest Hits

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Sly and the Family Stone (Part 2)

Posted by Podmaster On September - 5 - 2007

Sly Stone

Enjoy the second podcast episode (of three) on SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE. On this program, we focus on the mega-hit record “Dance To The Music” and dive into the look and sound of the band while also touching upon Sly’s free thinking, peace loving, Bay Area roots. You gotta love these grooves – pure magic!
Ben Fong-Torres, Joel Selvin and band members are featured.

RECOMMENDED: Sly and the Family Stone Greatest Hits

ONLINE: SLY STONE music

Producer: Joyride Media

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Sly and the Family Stone (Part 1)

Posted by Podmaster On August - 29 - 2007

Sly Stone

SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE are credited as one of the first racially integrated bands in music history, belting their message of peace, love and social consciousness through a string of hit anthems that fused R&B, soul, funk and rock n roll. On the first of three podcast episodes, Ben Fong-Torres and a host of others tell the remarkable and historical story of Sly and the Family Stone.

RECOMMENDED: Sly and the Family Stone Greatest Hits

ONLINE: SLY STONE music

Producer: Joyride Media

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