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This week I’m excited to catch up with one of the best known and most loved singer- songwriters from the '60s and '70s.  He’s written hundreds of tunes many of which you’ll instantly recognise. The extraordinary JIMMY WEBB takes us on a journey through his life, from humble beginnings on the farm in midwest America to Hollywood where he lived the life of excess, hobnobbed with the who’s who of showbiz and when honoured with multiple grammy awards, finally met the artist he’d most admired since childhood. We’ll also catch up with Soul and R&B legends THE O’JAYS  who are bringing their tenure of 60 years to a close with one final tour. The O’Jays were the first black vocal group to perform in arenas across the US and after more than 70 years of singing together, founding members Eddie Levert Sr and Walter Williams Sr are on the road to remind audiences of their lifelong passion. Joining them is ERIC NOLAN GRANT, who's been with the band since 1995 and has just released his first solo single. Eric tells us what life is like being part of such a legendary group. Remember Australia’s new wave and synth-pop band, REAL LIFE?  The band had a string of hits in the 80’s and hit number one worldwide with their song 'Send Me An Angel'.  The song was the making of the band but lineup changes and issues with anxiety and depression saw the band fade from the spotlight.   We meet the band’s founder DAVID STERRY who has just resurrected Real Life with the release of a brand new album. Join me, won’t you? Do you have a guest you’d like to request? If so, please get in touch with me via the website If you like what you hear, please don't forget to subscribe to the podcast too! And maybe tell your friends. Every little bit helps.  I'd really appreciate it!
If you grew up in the 70's you were probably a huge GRAHAM  BONNET fan. Graham used to front Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Alactrazz. Now he has a new album called "Day Out In Nowhere." I caught up with Graham as he lounged in the Californian sunshine in LA. BILL MEDLEY from THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS has been enjoying a hugely successful career as a singer for more than 60 years. After Bobby Hatfield's death, Bill has reinvented the Righteous Brothers and is wowing audiences all over again. Bill walks us through the highlights of his incredible career and introduces us to his latest album - a tribute both to Bobby and to his first love, The Blues. He was the voice of Manfred Mann's Earthband and the founder of the 70's group, Night. He's also hugely successful as a songwriter, most notably for the hit made famous by Australia's own John Farnham. His name is CHRIS THOMPSON and we meet him from his home in Belgium this week. Boy, does he have a story to tell.  Join me won’t you? or wherever you get your podcasts. Don't forget to subscribe too please and I'd love to hear if you're enjoying the show!
Meet 80's band, THE ROMANTICS guitarist, MIKE SKILL who wrote the classic 'What I Like About You' - a song that became one of the classic party anthems of our generation. Mike has a new solo album out this week. It's a tribute to the motor city of Detroit. What a treat to catch up with 84 year old JERRY SAMUELS aka NAPOLEON XIV. Do you remember his one-hit-wonder? You certainly won't forget it after you hear this interview.  'You're Coming To Take Me Away' takes the cake for being the biggest selling novelty hit ever! And my highly anticipated interview with Canadian superstar, RANDY BACHMAN who most of us know and love from his days with The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive. Did you know that Randy is a firm believer in the glass being always half full?  You may have heard the story about how someone stole Randy’s prized possession – his Gretsch guitar from a hotel room back in 1976. Well the guitar has just been found and Randy is ecstatic to get it back. He tells us all about it this week on A Breath of Fresh Air. Join us?
We catch up with GAVIN SUTHERLAND from that 70's Scottish group THE SUTHERLAND BROTHERS and QUIVER to relive some of their biggest hits .. and misses. JESSE COLIN YOUNG is best known for the anthem he recorded in back in the 60's for the flower power generation. 'Get Together' catapulted THE YOUNGBLOODS' singer onto the world stage and a diagnosis of chronic lyme disease ripped him off it. We meet Jesse and find a gentle soul still keen on pushing his messages of peace and love, through his music. LEE SHAPIRO was one of the original members of FRANKIE VALLI'S FOUR SEASON. He joined them at age 19 and arranged several of their multi million sellers including 'Oh What a Night' and 'Who Loves You'. This week Lee joins us to walk us through his amazing career. Thanks to Adrien who asked to hear from Lee. You can hear from your favourite artist too by emailing me at Join me?
Let me introduce you to the UK Blues-rock band BONHAM-BULLICK. Singer/songwriter DEBORAH BONHAM is actually sister to the late John Bonham who we all knew as the drummer for Led Zeppelin.  Deborah and Peter Bulick are husband and wife and their new self-titled covers album is and an inspiring blend of blues, rock, and a bit of soul. Meet Deborah and Peter and check out their music. Ever wondered who George Baker from THE GEORGE BAKER SELECTION really is? We discover this week that Hans Bouwens survived the 2nd world war as a child and was raised by his mother in the Netherlands. He spent his school days staring out of windows, dreaming about the day he could be a singer. At 14 he left school and went to work so he could buy himself a guitar. Today you know him as GEORGE BAKER from the George Baker Selection. George tells me what lies behind the hits, Little Green Bag and Una Paloma Blanca and provides an insight into his life. He’s performed, recorded and jammed with more rock stars than any other drummer in the history of rock n roll. He’s played on more than 100 albums and on 28 hit singles. We catch up with JOHNY BARBATA who thrills us with some amazing stories from the road. If you'd like to hear more, grab a copy of his book 'The Legendary Life of a Rockstar Drummer by emailing johny – And, don't forget, if you'd like to request a guest, just send me a message
NOEL PAUL STOOKEY has enjoyed an extraordinary career that began as the “Paul” of the seminal 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Their signature vocal harmonies provided the soundtrack to a generation. At age 84 the legendary singer has released his latest album. I caught up with him. If you grew up in Australia during the early 70’s you’re sure to remember THE FLYING CIRCUS. A country, folk-rock band that really hit it big with the teenyboppers. I tracked down founder, COLIN WALKER and discovered a man still sad that Flying Circus weren't able to shake their bubblegum image. Guitarist, JIMMY RYAN has played with and written for some of the biggest names in rock n roll and his book is filled with stories about Carly Simon, Paul McCartney, Jim Croce and many more. It's called Behind: The Autobiography of a Musical Shapeshifter. Jimmy shares stories. Join me won’t you? And remember if you'd like to request a guest send me a message
Guitarist, songwriter and producer MIKE CAMPBELL has been playing with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for years. But over the last 20 years, he has also fronted his own band, The Dirty Knobs. I spoke to him on the eve of the release of the band's second album. Remember the song "It's Raining Men?" How could you forget that cult-pop classic! We catch up with 'The Weather Girls’ MARTHA WASH whose music tells the story of dance and pop music from the days of disco right up to the present. It's a great yarn. Listener asked to hear from legendary 70's and 80's Aussie singer songwriter,  KEVIN JOHNSON. Not only huge in Australia, Kevin tells us how his songs were covered by a host of artists including Tom Jones, Mac Davis and Roger Whittaker. And the Europeans couldn't get enough of him. He's a wonderful chat and don't forget, if you'd like to request a guest, just send me a message Jon me won’t you?
This week we catch up with JOAN ARMATRADING who recently celebrated her 70th birthday. Born in the West Indies, she's been singing up a storm for 50 years. 22 albums, countless music awards and several honours later she's still on fire. JOEY MOLLAND was the lead singer for the band BAD FINGER. Today he is its sole surviving member. Joey tells us all about the good times and the bad. Everyone knows JOHN OATES as one half of the best-selling duo of all time, HALL & OATES. Together with DARYL HALL whom he met while studying journalism at university, the pair have had 6 #1 hits, recorded 21 albums and sold more than 80 million records. John also works solo and was about to perform a live stream concert when I caught up with him. June, Bonnie, Ruth and Anita Pointer who were huge during the 70’s and 80’s as THE POINTER SISTERS. Unfortunately both June and Bonnie have since passed away. I caught up with Anita to hear the latest. Meet GORDON LIGHTFOOT - singer-songwriter and guitarist who’s achieved huge worldwide success in folk-rock, and country music. At 81, he’s still pumping out the music and touring today. After several months of trying, I managed to get Gordon on the other end of the phone line from his home in Toronto. Doo-Wop legend, DION DI MUCCI joins us too to tell us all about his latest music which includes friends, Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen. What a charmer! Join me! "A Breath Of Fresh Air" with Sandy Kaye.
ELVIS COSTELLO joins me to share his thoughts on his latest album, “The Boy Named If” Remember the song, 'Chick A Boom'? Can you name the singer? In our new 'One Hit Wonders' segment this week, we catch up with DICK MONDA, better known as DADDY DEWDROP  ..apologies ahead of time if you end up stuck with that classic ear worm. Our final show segment belongs to you!! Tell us which band or artist you’d like us to interview and if they're alive and able we’ll give it our best shot to find them and bring them on the show! This week Alex from Aspendale has asked me to find out what I could about The BELLAMY BROTHERS... so I found HOWARD BELLAMY. His amazing story will have your ears glued. Join me! "A Breath Of Fresh Air" with Sandy Kaye.
World-renowned harmonica virtuoso, composer and producer Lee Oskar shares stories of his life as founding member of the band War with Eric Burdon. Remember the folk-rock duo of BREWER & SHIPLEY and their 1971 hit "One Toke Over the Line?" We catch up with MICHAEL BREWER to find out all about it. Do you ever wonder whatever happened to Tony Orlando? Well, wonder no more because we catch up with Tony to hear all about his incredible 60 years in showbiz. Makes fascinating listening. Join me! "A Breath Of Fresh Air" with Sandy Kaye.
They say he rivals an early Jeff Beck or Eric Clapton. He’s played with the likes of BB King, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, has written hundreds of songs and has just released his 20th album for Alligator Records. His name is TINSLEY ELLIS and his music is just awesome. Meet him this week. JON CARROLL grew up wanting to be a musician from the time he could walk and although joining STARLIGHT VOCAL BAND brought him an international number one hit and a grammy award - he didn't much care.  Find out why when we meet Jon. Listener's choice and this week Roger asked if I could find one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters who he hasn’t seen or heard of for some 35 years. So I did and we take a walk down memory lane with KERRYN TOLHURST who founded the band, The Dingoes. We’d love to have you join us! "A Breath Of Fresh Air" with Sandy Kaye.
She’s been making music for more than 60 years - recording every year or 18 months since the mid 60’s. This week 82 year old JUDY COLLINS is celebrating the release of her 51st album. It’s called “Spellbound” for good reason and it’s the first of hers with all original material. I caught up with Judy at her home in New York. The OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS don’t really belong in the one hit wonder category because they actually had two massive hits. They guys formed their country rock band in 1972 and after 6 albums, still occasionally play together. We meet bassist MICHAEL 'SUPE' GRANDA. In the segment that's all about you, a listener has asked me to find one of his favourite artists who used to play with ERIC CLAPTON'S Derek and the Dominoes. I tracked down BOBBY WHITLOCK and the chat we have is simply awesome. If you’d like me to track someone down for an interview… just send me a message through my website Join us! "A Breath Of Fresh Air" with Sandy Kaye.
He’s one of the most renowned and sought-after musicians on the Dutch Americana scene. ERIC DEVRIES has a new album out this week that you won't want to miss. We meet Eric to learn more. Know the name RAY DORSET? Doesn't immediately strike a chord does it? But when I tell you that he was MUNGO GERRY, now you know exactly who I mean. This week we meet Ray to see what he's up to and discover a pretty whacky side to him. In the segment that's all about you, a listener has asked me to find his idol, JENNIFER WARNES. She’s a megastar who’s been performing for more than six decades. With oscars, and a fistful of grammy awards, Jennifer has always managed to remain grounded and humble. She says that was in part due to the fact that her mother was her biggest fan and critic. Join us!
He's been rockin’ the Canadian music world for more than 30 years, is a platinum-selling artist who’s garnered a bucketful of awards including 7 Junos and 27 maple awards. COLIN JAMES joins me to talk about his latest release and his US tour with Blues great, Buddy Guy. Remember the English band PAPER LACE? A one-hit-wonder that really hit it big after appearing on the British tv talent show, Opportunity Knocks. I caught up with then lead singer PHIL WRIGHT to find out more about them. You asked for it so here he is ...the voice of romance, JOHNNY MATHIS joins us this week to fill us in on everything he's been doing since he first started recording in 1956. You'll be amazed by some of the stories he tells. Join us won’t you? And don’t forget if you have someone you’d like to hear from just send me a message through
Are you a TOWER of POWER fan? Who isn't? This week we catch up with the founder of that incredible horn-driven outfit. Meet EMILIO CASTILLO and hear how their blend of R&B, soul, funk, and pop helped push the sound of brass-infused music into the rock era. You may not recall the trio HAMILTON, JOE FRANK and REYNOLDS but I'm sure you remember their smash #1 70's hit 'Don't Pull Your Love Out'. I was delighted to catch up with JOE FRANK CAROLLO this week and to discover what a sweetie Joe is. I know you'll love getting to know him too. ARCHIE ROACH is one of Australia’s iconic storytellers and cultural figures. He's a singer, songwriter and author, and as a vocal survivor of the Stolen Generations, Archie has carved a unique path through four decades of Australian culture. We meet Archie after a listener asked to hear from him, on the eve of the release of his new album. If you'd like to hear from someone too, just send me a message Join me, won’t you?!
He’s a guitarist who’s played with Roxy Music since 1972; he’s produced albums and tracks for David Gilmour, Pink Floyd and Rod Stewart as well as for New Zealand’s Split Enz. Today PHIL MANZANERA has a new solo album with Crowded House's Tim Finn and he joins me this week to talk about how he and his friend collaborated on it. Phil also chats about his time in Roxy Music; how he joined the band, what it was like and how excited he is to be heading out on tour again with the guys for Roxy Music's 50th anniversary tour. The year was 1965 and in Cleveland Ohio, a teenage band called Tom King and The Starfires pooled their meagre resources to record an original song. The tune was called  "Time Won't Let Me" and to their greatest surprise, the song began to receive radio airplay. The band became an overnight hit-sensation and with a name change, the youngsters became known as THE OUTSIDERS.  For a while they were on top of the world as a One-Hit-Wonder but as we hear from RICKY B this week, success didn't last too long. He’s a twelve-time nominated and two-time GRAMMY Award winner. He’s sold more than 40 million albums, has been making music for more than 60 years and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019. It's my absolute pleasure this week to introduce you to Mr. 'Gitarzan' RAY STEVENS whose music I certainly grew up with –and I know you probably did too. What a treat conducting an interview with Ray. Don’t miss hearing how all of those famous comedy songs came about and what Ray is up to today. Would you like to hear from someone special? I'd love to bring a guest onto the show just for you. If there's a musician from the 60's, 70's or 80's that you'd like to catch up with, simply send me a message through the website, and I'll chase them up on your behalf. Maybe you'd like to say hi too? All can be arranged.  Send me a message, subscribe to the podcast and if you feel inclined, leave me a review too? It would really mean a lot to me.  Happy listening, love Sandy 
This week: It's our 100th episode of A Breath of Fresh Air so we're celebrating by bringing you the most requested artists of all time. We hear from the stars and reminisce through their classic hits. You voted for these guys so here they are. We start with the inimitable GORDON LIGHTFOOT who at 83 years of age is still going strong and currently out on tour. Gordon walks us through many of the highlights of his mammoth career but also shares some of his deepest regrets. Don't miss an extraordinary chat with the 60+ year legend of country and folk music. I know many of Gordon's fans have never heard him speak like this before. Declan Patrick McManus is better known as ELVIS COSTELLO – the English singer songwriter and record producer who’s won multiple awards, including Grammys. He’s married to singer Diana Krall and is dad to three sons. With his sixth album out now since 2020, Elvis shares some of the stories of his career, explains the thought process he uses to make music and why his most recent songs can only be described as urgent and immediate. A fascinating chat coupled with some exhilarating tunes. Our third superstar this week is the one and only PETER FRAMPTON whose breakthrough success came with the amazing double concert album Frampton Comes Alive, released in January 1976. It was so phenomenally successful, and his resultant fame so widespread, that it is hard to remember a time when he wasn’t a household name. Peter has had so many ups and downs during the course of his career but I'd bet no-one would have thought his good looks would've been one of his hindrances. A car accident nearly killed him, he lost his love of his life and more recently has been diagnosed with a muscular degenerative disease that is set to prevent him from playing guitar. Our chat was nothing short of heartwarming and my affection for this man (already at a high level) grew beyond expectation. I'm sure you'll enjoy getting to know him  too. Join me won’t you? And if you’d like to hear from someone from this era - just send me a message through the website I would LOVE to hear from you! Warmest regards Sandy
Welshman, VERDEN ALLEN founded the British hard rock band, MOTT THE HOOPLE in the early 70's. The band was a mix of glam, metal and attitude that was bolstered by Ian Hunter's clever and thoughtful songwriting. Mott The Hoople had a tough, muscular sound but their lack of mainstream success meant its members inevitably splintered apart. Most famous for a song given to them by David Bowie, this week Verden recounts those early days and previews his latest solo album. The 1910 FRUIT GUM COMPANY has been credited with launching the craze known as bubblegum music and they certainly found an enthusiastic audience with fans looking for something sweeter than the edgy rock music of the late 60’s. History has it that the group consisted of session musicians but 1910’s band leader, FRANK JECKELL says they were railroaded into playing bubblegum music and this is totally untrue. I caught up with Frank in New Jersey this week to discover that 1910 is still alive, well and playing to crowds today. He’s one of Australia’s most iconic singer songwriters who’s helped give the country a voice and made millions of Aussies proud to be just that. JOHN WILLIAMSON boasts fans of all ages but I learned this week that his biggest support base is actually young Aussie males. Guys like Ned who asked me to bring John onto the show. Even if you dislike the rather quirky music, meeting John will give you a sense of his passion and an understanding of the influence he still exerts today. Join me? And don't forget it you'd like to 'request a guest' simply send me a message through the website I'll track down and find anyone you'd like to hear from - as long as they were making music in the 60's, 70's or 80's!
This week: Remember the UK band, the EQUALS? If you were around in the late 60's early 70's there's no way you escaped hearing their smash hit 'Baby Come Back' all over the radio. Well, this week, founding member Patrick Lloyd joins me to tell us what it was like being one of the world's first multi-racial groups, how difficult it was for EDDY GRANT to recover from injuries sustained in a car accident and what the band is up to today. Yes, they're still around! They even have a new single out. In our One-Hit-Wonder segment, I'm excited to introduce you to, Mr Spiders and Snakes, JIM STAFFORD - best known for his humorous country novelty songs of the mid-'70s. The multi-instrumentalist also enjoyed a lengthy career as a television personality and live entertainer and gives us the lowdown on his career high and lowlights as well as his marriage to singer songwriter, BOBBIE GENTRY. Kiwi superstar singer/songwriter, SHARON O'NEILL built up a huge following in Australia and NZ during the 80’s and was a firm favourite with the boys. In fact, you could say she was something of a heart throb. Just ask one of our listeners who asked to me to find Sharon for him. I happily gave Steve the opportunity to say hi to his long time crush and he told us that he still gets into trouble with his wife for remembering Sharon’s birthday and not hers. You too can meet Sharon this week. She has some terrific stories to tell! Join me? And if you’d like to request a guest simply send me a message through the website
If you, like me, have been into music for some time, the name RICHIE FURAY should be very familiar to you. He was a founding member of Buffalo Springfield with Neil Young and Stephen Stills and then formed Poco with Jim Messina. Today, Richie Furay runs solo and has just released a terrific new album of his favourite tunes, called 'In the Country'. He joins me this week to chat about the album and the highs and lows in his life to date. BARRY BLUE started out as a singer in the UK but quickly turned his talents to writing. He found success with several big name acts like Diana Ross, Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion and even scored hits in the 80's when he got into the disco craze. Meeting Barry this week was a real treat and I learnt so much about him. Who knew his real name had been Barry Green? Find out why he changed it by tuning in. A regular feature of our show is the requests we get from you and this week's no exception. I was asked to check in with with Australia’s soft-rock duo, AIR SUPPLY to see what the guys are up to these days. So, I hunted around and found GRAHAM RUSSELL in the mid-west of the USA where he spends a great deal of time when he's not playing - gardening! We talked about the hits and touring and his enduring passion for both music and the land. Amazing what you find out really. Definitely worth a listen. Don't forget, if you'd like to hear from one of your favourite artists from the 60s, 70s or 80s - just ask me to find them for you. Send me a message
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