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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 www.abreathoffreshair.com.au 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? www.abreathoffreshair.com.au 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 sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au 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 – johnybarbata@gmail.com And, don't forget, if you'd like to request a guest, just send me a message sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au
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 sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au
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 sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au 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 www.abreathoffreshair.com.au 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 www.abreathoffreshair.com.au
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 sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au Join me, won’t you?!
Meet Leigh Loughnane, founding member of the band Chicago who shares details about the band's 38th studio album release - Born For This Moment as well as their most recent tour.  Leigh reflects on the band's success over the years, including their 100 million in record sales, 21 top 10 singles, and 11 number one hits and discusses how the band has managed to stay together and remain relevant for over 50 years. The trumpet player tells us how music always came first in his life from the time he learned to speak. His dad had been a trumpet player and had a collection of big band records from the thirties and forties that influenced him heavily. Leigh loves his instrument and chats about his father had tried to discourage him from becoming a musician, how his dad reacted when he went against his advice, and how his wives and children have reacted to his being on the road every single year for the last 55 years. Leigh also laments the loss of founding member and guitarist Terry Kath, who died in 1970 and tells us how that it’s the passion for the music that has kept the band together and playing for audiences right around the world for more than half a century. Would you like to request a guest? Just send me a message through the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au If you'd like to know more about Chicago, head for https://chicagotheband.com/
This week, Irish family band, THE CORRS, joins me for an interview. They're an outfit that combines pop rock with traditional Irish themes. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Andrea, Sharon, Caroline and Jim who all hail from Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. The Corrs have released seven studio albums and numerous singles, which have reached platinum in many countries, and have sold 40 million albums worldwide. SHARON CORR joins us to tell us all about what The Corrs are up to today and fill us in about her own solo projects. We’re also going to check in with ROLAND KENT LAVOIE. No idea who that is right? Well, think 'Me and You and A Dog Named Boo'. The artist is much better known to us as LOBO. Today Lobo is semi-retired and living in Florida with an incredible life story to share - one where he talks about always shunning fame and fortune in favour for being able to mow his lawns anonymously, Founded in 1964, English rock band, the Strawberry Hill Boys quickly became known as THE STRAWBS. The band played folk rock, progressive rock, and (briefly) glam rock. Best known for their hit "Part of the Union",  Strawbs toured with Supertramp in their "Crime of the Century" tour.   We catch up with guitarist CHAS CRONK  for a walk down memory lane. He tells us all about serendipity and success and gives us the lowdown on his very first  solo album that's been recently released. Do you have a favourite artist you'd like to hear from? If so, just send me a message either through the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au or sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au If you'd like to know more about The Corrs  https://www.facebook.com/thecorrsofficial/ You can read about Lobo here https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2499367/bio To read more about Chas Cronk https://chascronk.com/  and The Strawbs can be found here https://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/index0.asp I hope you enjoy listening!
Meet one of rock’s most recognisable musicians – GRAHAM NASH. Graham’s been making music for more than 60 years - first with English band The Hollies then as Crosby Stills and Nash and later when Neil Young joined them, as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  At 80 years young, Graham Nash has recently released a new solo album. Graham Nash: Live - a new concert album featuring the acclaimed musician performing his first two solo LPs, 1971’s Songs For Beginners and 1974’s Wild Tales, in their entirety. The album spans 20 tracks that were recorded over the course of four shows he’d booked prior to the pandemic.  During our warm and intimate conversation, Graham Nash discusses his new solo album. He talks about why he chose those two albums, and how they are personal and easy to understand. He also discusses CSNY, and why they are no longer able to make music together. He also discusses how relevant his songs are still today, that the album is a message to the world, and how, sadly, we haven't learned a thing from the past.  During the interview, Graham talks about his musical career, spanning over 60 years. He talks about how he got his start in music, and how he has continued to be passionate about music throughout his life. He also talks about the importance of songwriting, and how it is a lost art form. He also talks about the success of his earliest band, The Hollies, and why he feels they enjoyed successful over the years. Graham also  tells us about what he believes was the strength of Crosby Stills and Nash and that the three part harmonies were destroyed when Neil Young joined the group, bringing with him a dark edge. He talks about how Crosby Stills Nash and Young can no longer make music together since losing their connection, where he stands on life and society in general and about his passion for photography and the release of his new photographic book called Life in Focus. Graham also details his love of life, how his glass is always half full and how he manages to keep himself in great shape at 80. Quite inspirational indeed. It's a great chat peppered with some awesome music. I hope you'll enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed speaking with Graham. Don't forget, if you'd  like to request a guest to be interviewed on the show - anyone from the '60s '70s or '80s who's produced classic hits - simply message me through the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au or directly sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au To learn more about Graham Nash head for his website https://www.grahamnash.com/
Meet THE RUBETTES - Mick Clarke and John Richardson who founded the UK band in 1973. They were the definitive one-hit-wonder band that came together after they had that instant smash hit with 'Sugar Baby Love’. Somehow they are still at it today delighting the crowds wherever they play. But there’s so much more to these guys than what meets the eye. Find out about their unlikely path to success which has seen them both on top of the world and wondering where their next hit will come from. Was MATT BIANCO's first album 'Whose Side Are You On' one of your faves? It left an indelible impression on me, perhaps because of its catch jazzy sound. Strange really that I've been under the impression for many years, that Matt Bianco was a man. (Were you too?) I'm embarrassed to say I only just learned that Matt Bianco is the group's name not the man's. The man is MARK REILLY and this week we go behind the band to meet the man who was, and still is, at the heart of that awesome trio. Enjoy! If you've been around for a while (and have lived in Australia at some stage of the game) you may remember British born Australian singer and entertainer BRYAN DAVIES. He was the youngest person ever in the world to host his own evening TV variety show back in the ‘60s!. Thanks to a listener request, we catch up with Bryan this week to hear how he got the gig at the tender age of 17 and let Joy from Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, chat with the star she's idolised since her teens. Would you like to request a guest too? If you have someone from the '60's '70's or '80s that you'd like to hear being interviewed (and maybe you'd like to say hi to them too!!) just send me a message either through the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au or directly sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au I'd love to hear from you. You can check out lots of additional information about our guests on the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au and you can also take a look at the video interviews on my youtube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa_p5zKTRrIfpAtwXVKBQVw https://rubettes.uk/ http://www.mattbianco.com https://www.facebook.com/AustralianVariety Hope you enjoy this week's show. Please let me know if you do!
Englishman KENNEY JONES has spent the best part of five decades at the heart of the rock music industry. As drummer with the Small Faces, Faces and The Who, he has been involved in three of the biggest bands the music business has ever known. From the moment he started drumming in the front room of his parents home, Kenney became hooked on music. He shot to fame with the Small Faces in 1965 and had his first hit single when he was just 17. The band were at the heart of the Mod revolution that swept Britain and in the years that have followed they have been cited as a major influence on all sorts of musicians over the past 50 years. When the Small Faces eventually disbanded Jones was instrumental in forming The Faces featuring Rod Stewart as lead singer. The Faces took the rock world by storm and by the time they split in the mid 70's, Kenney was known far and wide for his drumming prowess and was asked to replace Keith Moon in The Who after Keith died. Meet Kenney Jones this week and enjoy his humorous story telling.  He tells us about stealing money from his mum to kick off his drumming career, how Rod Stewart came to be involved in the band in the first place and how he never wanted to rival the drumming of his good friend, Keith Moon and had serious reservations about joining the Who. Kenney has incredible tales to tell. And did I mention the music?  Kenney also has a new book out called 'Let the Good Times Roll: My Life in Small Faces, Faces, and The Who' that makes an incredible read. Kenney Jones: www.kenneyjones.com Check out my youtube channel for the video of the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa_p5zKTRrIfpAtwXVKBQVw And my website for more information www.abreathoffreshair.com.au Don't forget too - send me a message through the website if you'd like to hear from someone from the 60s 70s or 80s and I'll do my best to get them onto the show for you! Happy listening! Love Sandy
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