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Rock & Roll High School With Pete Ganbarg

Rock & Roll High School With Pete Ganbarg

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Rock and Roll High School is an interview series that spotlights some of the most important figures in the history of contemporary music. Interviews by Pete Ganbarg, President of A&R at Atlantic Records.


About Pete Ganbarg:

Pete Ganbarg is President of A&R for Atlantic Records as well as President of ATCO Records, a division of Atlantic. He joined the Atlantic Records Group as Executive Vice President of A&R in late 2008.

A 30+ year A&R veteran, Pete has also held senior A&R positions at Arista, Epic and SBK/EMI. As a publisher, Pete operates Songs With A Pure Tone and Margetts Road Music, joint ventures currently in partnership with Warner Chappell Music. Its writers have achieved multiple gold and platinum certifications over the past several years.

At Atlantic, among the artists and projects that Pete has signed and/or A&R’d are Grammy Award winning artists twenty one pilots, Halestorm and Jason Mraz; platinum and multi-platinum artists Christina Perri, Melanie Martinez, Skillet, Brett Eldredge, Matchbox Twenty & Rob Thomas, Theory Of A Deadman and Icona Pop; as well as the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of “Hamilton,” “Mean Girls,” “Jagged Little Pill,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and the Multi-Platinum Billboard #1 soundtrack album “The Greatest Showman,” the latter two of which he also co-produced.

Pete has received two Grammy Awards: the first in 2017 for his role as producer on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Dear Evan Hansen” and more recently, in 2021, for his role as producer on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Jagged Little Pill.”

Ganbarg began his A&R career in 1989 at SBK Records. In 1997, he joined Clive Davis at Arista Records, where, as Senior Director of A&R, he conceived and A&R’d Santana’s 30x platinum worldwide, nine-time Grammy-winning album, “Supernatural.”

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One of the founding members of the group that bears his name, Robert “Kool” Bell helped form Kool & The Gang in 1964 with his brother Khalis, and friends Dennis "D.T." Thomas, Robert "Spike" Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West. With hits like “Celebration,” “Summer Madness” “Ladies’ Night,” and “Jungle Boogie,” Kool & The Gang earned 25 Top Ten R&B hits and nine Top Ten Pop hits, in addition to selling more than 70M albums worldwide. Kool & the Gang’s legacy endures, with their works being sampled by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, N.W.A., Anderson .Paak, Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, The Notorious B.I.G., Queen Latifah, and many more. And in 2015, their No. 1 mega-hit “Celebration” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2018, Kool was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, an honor that was added to his already impressive list of achievements with the band, which includes two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, a MOBO Award, and a BET Soul Train Legend Award. One of Kool’s bass guitars is currently on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The Zombies were part of the “British invasion” movement of the 1960s and enjoyed some major success for a short period before they broke up after only a few years. But the band’s acclaimed 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is considered to be one of the greatest albums ever recorded and hits like “She’s Not There,” Tell Her No,” and “Time of the Season” remain all time classics. Rod formed a new band called Argent, which hit big in 1972 with “Hold Your Head Up.”  Colin released three solo albums, co-produced by Rod, in the early 1970s. Around 2000, Colin and Rod resurrected The Zombies, ultimately reuniting with the remaining original band members. Their sixth studio album, 2015’s Still Got That Hunger, revived public interest in the band and even led to Odessey and Oracle re-entering the Billboard 100 – nearly 50 years after the album’s release.  In 2017, The Zombies went on an Odessey and Oracle tour, performing for a multi-generational fanbase, and in 2019, they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren

2021-08-2601:36:39

Groundbreaking singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Todd Rundgren started his career as a guitarist for Nazz, before fronting the band Runt and eventually pursuing a solo career. His first official solo album, Something/Anything (released in 1972 via Warner Bros. Records), stayed on the Billboard 200 for nearly a year and contained some of his most notable hits, including “I Saw the Light” and “Hello, It’s Me.” Todd became one of the most prolific artists of the 70s & 80s, releasing numerous solo albums, as well as critically acclaimed work with his band, Utopia.   Known as a pioneer of music videos, computer software, and internet music delivery, Todd created the first interactive album, organized the first interactive television concert, and founded his own music subscription service. As a songwriter/producer, he’s been behind legendary releases by Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad, The New York Dolls, and XTC, as well as one of the best-selling albums of all time, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell.  
Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor

2021-08-1243:18

One of the most legendary divas of all time, Gloria's recordings of “I Will Survive,” "Never Can Say Goodbye," and "I Am What I Am" remain all-time classics.  The 2-time Grammy Award winner’s career spans over five decades, 20 albums and genres ranging from disco to Gospel. Gloria is also an acclaimed author, the subject of a forthcoming documentary on her life, and a member of the Grammy Music Hall Of Fame. 
Widely regarded as pioneers of progressive rock, Yes were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Formed in London in 1968, Yes' sound is instantly recognizable by the band's jazz and rock playing, and by the singular alto-tenor lead vocal of Jon Anderson. Yes' classic albums, including The Yes Album, Close To The Edge, Fragile, and 90125, are staples of classic rock libraries everywhere, and their iconic songs, like "Roundabout," "And You and I," "I've Seen All Good People," and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart," are known by music fans worldwide.  In addition to his work with Yes, Jon has collaborated with Vangelis and Jean-Luc Ponty, and has released many well-received solo albums. Born in England in 1944, he began singing on his brother's daily route as a milkman before falling head first for rock n' roll.  After meeting bassist Chris Squire in the late 1960s, he joined a rock group called Mabel Greer's Toy Shop - and the two left to form a band that was later renamed Yes.  Jon's music has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.
Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb

2021-07-1501:26:43

A celebrated and prolific songwriter, Jimmy’s works have been recorded by world-renowned artists, such as Glen Campbell, Richard Harris, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone, Donna Summer, and Tony Bennett, just to name a few. Some of his best known songs include “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Worst That Could Happen,” “Galveston,”  “Highwayman,” “MacArthur Park” and “Wichita Lineman,” which Bob Dylan has called the greatest song ever written.  In 1986, Jimmy became the youngest person ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and he later received the organization’s most prestigious honor, the Johnny Mercer Award. Jimmy is also the recipient of the Ivor Novello Special International Award, the National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award, and the ASCAP Voice of Music Award. He is also the only Grammy winner to have won for music, lyrics, and orchestration.  An artist in his own right, Jimmy has released several solo albums, as well as collaborations with Linda Ronstadt, Art Garfunkel, The 5th Dimension, Richard Harris, The Supremes, and more. In 2017, he published his riveting autobiography, The Cake and the Rain: A Memoir.
Gamble & Huff

Gamble & Huff

2021-07-0101:06:22

As creators of the "Philly Sound" and their own Philadelphia International Records label, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff have written and produced over 175 gold and platinum records, including all-time classics by The O'Jays, Billy Paul, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, MFSB, The Three Degrees, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, and The Jacksons. Their hits include iconic classics like “Love Train” by The O’Jays and “Me And Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul.  In 1995, they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and in 2008, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 
Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson

2021-06-1701:21:11

At the age of 16, Debbie Gibson signed to Atlantic Records and immediately had a string of Top 5 hits, all self-written and co-produced. Her songs “Foolish Beat” and “Lost In Your Eyes” both hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 (the former of which made her the youngest female artist to write, produce, and perform a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song) and her album Electric Youth spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album chart. She was recognized by ASCAP as Songwriter of the Year, along with Bruce Springsteen, in 1989 and has since sold over 10 million albums.  In addition to music, she has starred in Films, TV and on Broadway and in touring musicals, including playing the roles of Eponine in Les Misérables and Sandy in Grease. In 2018, she was named one of Billboard's Top 60 Female Artists of All-Time
Tony Visconti

Tony Visconti

2021-06-0301:39:58

Tony Visconti is a 3-time Grammy winner and one of the most acclaimed producers in the history of Rock & Roll.  Among his seminal productions are "Get It On (Bang A Gong)," from one of 10 albums he produced for T. Rex, as well as legendary albums for Badfinger, Iggy Pop, Thin Lizzy, the Boomtown Rats, The Moody Blues, and Morrissey.  Most notably, though, Tony produced 14 albums for David Bowie, with whom he worked for over 45 years.  Those albums, including The Man Who Sold The World, Young Americans, Low, “Heroes”, Lodger and Blackstar have helped to define the course of contemporary music.
The Temptations

The Temptations

2021-05-2001:03:13

The Temptations are one of the greatest singing groups of all-time, with 14 No. 1 R&B singles, including all-time classic hits like “My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” and “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)." The group is one of the most influential of Motown Records' golden era and their success has transcended to current times with non-stop touring as well as the 2018 11x Tony-nominated Broadway smash musical based on their lives, Ain't Too Proud. Their songs have been covered by a who's who of the greatest artists of all time: Al Green, The Rolling Stones, Bette Midler, Peter Tosh, and Dolly Parton, to name a few. They’ve not only received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but been inducted into the Grammy, Rock & Roll, and Vocal Group Halls of Fame. This episode was recorded live before an audience at Warner Music in Los Angeles in October 2019, a day before Otis Williams’ birthday.  2021 marks The Temptations’ 60th Anniversary. 
Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers

2021-05-0601:29:03

Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC , Nile helped to pioneer a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like "Le Freak," (the biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records), and sparked the advent of hip-hop with "Good Times". As a writer, producer and musician, Nile has worked with artists as diverse as Diana Ross, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, and Sister Sledge, whose “We Are Family,” written by Nile and Bernard Edwards, also lends its name to his We Are Family Foundation, an organization which raises funds and awareness in the fight against systemic racism, inequality, inequity, and injustice.
Graham Nash

Graham Nash

2021-05-0601:34:09

One of Atlantic Records’ most iconic artists, Graham Nash started his career by co-founding the English pop/rock group The Hollies. In the late 60's, he partnered with David Crosby and Stephen Stills to form Crosby, Stills & Nash, which later also included Neil Young. The recordings released by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young remain some of the best-loved of all time, including songs written solely by Graham: "Our House," "Teach Your Children," "Just A Song Before I Go," and "Wasted On The Way." Graham is also an internationally renowned photographer and digital imaging pioneer. He is a two-time inductee of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall Of Fame. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Atlantic Records in 2018.
Kathy Valentine has been a working musician and songwriter for over 40 years, ever since she started her first band at age 16 in her hometown of Austin, Texas. After moving to Los Angeles, Kathy joined a band that would go on to make music history: The Go-Go’s. In the group, Kathy wrote or co-wrote some of the bands most renowned tunes, including the hits “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels.” The music of Kathy and The Go-Go’s has inspired a generation of musicians and continues to be part of the cultural fabric of our times. In 2018, The Go-Go’s music was featured as the soundtrack for the Broadway jukebox musical Head Over Heels, and in 2020, Allison Ellwood’s documentary, The Go-Go’s, explored the band’s significance, encouraging the members to reunite and record their first song together in 19 years, “Club Zero.” 2020 also marked the release of Kathy’s memoir, “All I Ever Wanted.” In October of 2021, The Go-Go's will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Rock and Roll High School is an interview series that spotlights some of the most important figures in the history of contemporary music. Interviews by Pete Ganbarg, President of A&R at Atlantic Records.
Rock and Roll High School is an interview series that spotlights some of the most important figures in the history of contemporary music. Interviews by Pete Ganbarg, President of A&R at Atlantic Records.
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