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Harpers Bizarre Special: Interviews with Harpers’ Dick Scoppettone and Now Sounds Records’ Steve Stanley Now Available on In Conversation’s PodOmatic Podcast Page

harpers bizarre complete singles collectionLast week’s in-depth interviews on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, comprising our festive salute to Harpers Bizarre, one of the great soft-pop groups of all time, are now available for listening and downloading on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation‘s PodOmatic podcast page.

These interviews present the fascinating history of Harpers Bizarre and the pre-Harpers band, the Tikis. Best known for their top 15 ’60s smash, “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” Harpers Bizarre recorded four wonderful albums of delicious soft pop that featured brilliant originals and early songs from such future songwriting and performing stars as Randy Newman and Van Dyke Parks.

dick scoppettone 1In part one of Alan Haber’s exclusive two-part interview with Harpers Bizarre’s Dick Scoppettone, you’ll hear about the songs that appear on Now Sounds’ new and most welcome CD, Harpers Bizarre: The Complete Singles Collection (1965-1970) . You’ll hear Dick tell wonderful stories about recording with musicians who went on to great careers, including Glen Campbell and members of the Wrecking Crew. In part two of this exclusive interview, Dick talks about the importance of melody in songs and waxes poetic about more great Harpers Bizarre numbers.

steve stanleyIn another exclusive interview, you’ll hear Now Sounds’ Steve Stanley speak to Alan about how The Complete Singles Collection was put together. Steve gives his thoughts on Harpers Bizarre, the band that has captured the imaginations of soft-pop fans worldwide for more than 50 years. Plus, he gives pop fans some very cool nuggets about upcoming Now Sounds releases!

As usual, we present these interviews in scoped format. Spotify playlists are provided for the songs played. Enjoy!

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) and repeats on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to nearly 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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