Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Peggy March (Airdate: September 6, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

peggy march ace album coverWould it be proper to call this hour-long In Conversation episode a very special one? Yes, it would. I was pleased and privileged to speak with Peggy March, formerly known as Little Peggy March, who took me on a tour through her long running career that began back in 1963 with her hit recording of “I Will Follow Him,” a decades-old staple of oldies radio.

During this fascinating show, full of great stories and even greater music, we spoke about “I Will Follow Him” and the top-flight, recently-released compilation on Ace Records of Peggy’s recordings, If You Loved Me: RCA Recordings from Around the World 1963-1969. Peggy worked with some fabulous songwriters. Did you know that Peggy recorded a very early Randy Newman song, and a cover of a Mike Love-Brian Wilson number? She did!

pprListen to my interview with Peggy March from September 6 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

You can listen to samples of the songs played during this program from Peggy’s Ace Records compilation (“Try to See It My Way,” “Leave Me Alone,” and “Aren’t You Glad”) by clicking here. We also played “I Will Follow Him,” which you can listen to on Spotify by clicking here.

Purchase If You Loved Me: RCA Recordings from Around the World 1963-1969 by clicking on the following link (you’ll be so very glad you did!): Amazon

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Zeek Weekling (The Weeklings) (Airdate: September 6, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

the weeklings paperback writerThe Weeklings are legendary here at Pure Pop Radio. They’re also legendary there and everywhere. The foursome’s new single, a top-of-the-pops take on the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer,” is being featured tonight, in fact, on our Pop Tunes Deejay Show at 8 pm ET (click on the Listen link below at the appointed hour).

Zeek Weekling appeared on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on September 6 to speak to me about the Weeklings’ take on “Paperback Writer” and the band’s future release plans. It was a typically spirited conversation, fortified with extra-added Weeklings vibes–the kind of in-depth talk you can only hear on the Internet’s premiere melodic pop talk show.

pprListen to my interview with Zeek Weekling from September 6 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

And now, dear Sir or Madam: Check out the video for The Weeklings’ version of “Paperback Writer,” and then, if you haven’t already, click on one of the links to add the track to your ever-growing Weeklings collection.

Purchase The Weeklings’ fab version of “Paperback Writer” by clicking on one of the following links (you’ll be so very glad you did!): Amazon, iTunes

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Terry Draper (Airdate: August 30, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

terry draper remarkable womenPure Pop Radio favorite Terry Draper returned to our virtual Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation microphones on August 30 to talk about his wonderful new album, Remarkable Women.

This time around, Terry’s song cycle revolves around a celebration of remarkable women through time, with songs about Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee, aviator Amelia Earhart, and other famous ladies. Several songs are inspired by Terry’s wife, Anna. It’s a lovely album that belongs in every pop fan’s collection.

During this lively chat, Terry talks about writing the songs for Remarkable Women and about three specific songs that were heard: “The Young Girl,” “She’s All Mine,” and “Honey B.”

pprListen to my interview with Terry Draper from August 30 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

Order Terry Draper’s Remarkable Women from Terry’s online store by clicking here. Sample the songs played during this interview on iTunes by clicking here or on Amazon by clicking here:

  1. “The Young Girl” | 2. “She’s All Mine” | 3. “Honey B”

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Coke Belda (Airdate: August 23, 2017)

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By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

Singer-songwriter and world traveler Coke Belda returned to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on August 23 in a different role–that of classic melodic pop interpreter, helping to spin and talk about songs from his majestic new album, Coke Belda 3 (Gs): A Tribute to the Bee Gees, now available on CD from Kool Kat Musik and as a download from Futureman Records.

I love what Coke has done, pouring his heart out with his peerless covers of some of the greatest melodic pop songs ever recorded; check out my review of Coke’s album here and watch how fast you click on one of the above links.

During this program, Coke talks about his commitment to his Bee Gees project, and why he chose the songs he eventually covered. It’s another in-depth back-and-forth with one of our most creative musicians that you can only hear on In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop music talk show.

pprListen to my interview with Coke Belda from August 23 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

Test drive the songs played during this interview by clicking on the following links residing on the Futureman Records Bandcamp page:

“Claustrophobia” | https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/claustrophobia

“Sir Geoffrey Saved the World” | https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/sir-geoffery-saved-the-world

“You Win Again” | https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/you-win-again

Listen to the entire album by clicking here, and don’t forget to purchase either the CD or a digital download.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Emitt Rhodes (Airdate: March 20, 1997)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Alan in the studio

On this sunny Friday, we go way, way back to 1997. The weekly Pure Pop Radio show was two years old and the number one name on my interview want list was heritage pop artist Emitt Rhodes.

Way back when, WCBS-FM in New York, New York, the city so nice they named it twice, was the place to be for new rock music. Before it became “New York’s Oldies Station,” it was a whole other station. It was the station that broadcast George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass in its entirety, back in the days when radio could do that sort of thing, and it was the station that introduced me to Emitt Rhodes.

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Emitt Rhodes, 1970

The deejay, Bobby “Wizard” Wayne, waxed poetically, with just the right dose of enthusiasm, about this wunderkind who played all of the instruments on his debut, self-titled record, who sounded like Paul McCartney; hearing the first 60 seconds of “With My Face on the Floor,” it was obvious that Wayne had hit upon something very special. And the McCartney reference was right on.

Ever since then, Rhodes’ amazing albums have been rotating in and out of my daily playlists, including his most recent release, Rainbow Ends, from last year. I’d always wanted to meet him, but never got the chance… until the very first International Pop Overthrow in Los Angeles. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

As I said, when I started doing my Pure Pop radio show in 1995, Rhodes was at the top of my list of artists to interview. But getting to him was another matter. Ray Paul, then head honcho at the great, much-missed Permanent Press record label, came to my rescue, and set up the interview.

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Mirror, 1971

Imagine my surprise and delight when I came home one day from doing errands and checked my answering machine and found that Emitt had called me and left his number. Long story short, we spoke later that day and scheduled a day and time for him to be on Pure Pop.

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Farewell to Paradise, 1973

That day was March 20, 1997. Talking to Emitt was like a dream come true. We spoke about his three albums that had been released, his songwriting, and much else. At one point, when Emitt took a bit of a break from the interview, I spoke on the air to Emitt’s mother, who related some wonderful, warm anecdotes about her son growing up, and the influence of music on the Rhodes family. I also asked Emitt questions submitted by listeners.

Pop maestro Emitt Rhodes and Pure Pop Radio programmer and host Alan Haber put their heads together in Los Angeles.

Emitt Rhodes and Alan Haber, IPO Los Angeles, 1998

I finally met Emitt, at the first International Pop Overthrow (IPO) festival in 1998. He remarked that he had enjoyed our talk, and that his mother, who had recently died, had enjoyed it, too. He even bought me a soda!

For me, having any contact whatsoever with one of my musical heroes instantly qualifies as a high point of my life. I hope you feel the same way after listening to this interview from 20 years ago.

I hope you enjoy the show.

pprListen to my interview with Emitt Rhodes from March 20, 1997 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)


Listen to the songs played during this interview by clicking on the following
Spotify links:

“Farewell to Paradise” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0EbcnHIeCryuJ2sqdPVvVQ

“Somebody Made for Me” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5N6UGAAjtWe6NyQ9pMxo45

“Only Lovers Decide” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/6OQa2wBtfw1YvajQMsPdUS

“Live” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/3LQZ52GYA5V0QjDZyUFlXj

“Bubblegum the Blues/I’m a Cruiser” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5sxJazadYQIhhzvamt86vH

“Ever Find Yourself Running” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0f2o0yWXzHGhgD3p6EvjqV

“Nights are Lonely/Bad Man” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/3ia1kM7EI2CJLfP5lANPqs

“Tame the Lion” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5LUHwnRiRfE10bz8pLUrBj

“You Must Have” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5GdAhgRQfFwaQilX8x2tHU

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Brian Ray (The Bayonets, Paul McCartney’s Band) (Airdate: May 9, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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The Bayonets’ Brian Ray, who you may well know from playing in Sir Paul McCartney’s band for so many years, appeared on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation this past May 9 to talk about the expanded edition of the band’s album Crash Boom Bang! on JEM Records.

the bayonets coverBrian and Oliver Lieber, son of rock royalty classic songwriter Jerry Lieber (of Lieber and Stoller fame), have fashioned a pop album for the ages. It pops, it rocks, and it thrills!

The Bayonets CaracaturesDuring this lively program, Brian talks about how he met Oliver and decided to form The Bayonets. Brian also waxes poetic about songwriting and, in particular, lyric writing. Two songs from Crash Boom Bang! were played: “Sucker for Love,” and the Rolling Stones-y slow burner, “Cotton Candy.”

 

pprListen to my interview with the Bayonets’ Brian Ray from May 9 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)


Listen to the songs played during this interview by clicking on the following
Spotify links:

“Sucker for Love” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5YMk9uHxf3rWl8B5cyeDYY

“Cotton Candy” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0BsHq9AoYGdc3Fs140KeK0

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Jamie and Steve (Airdate: August 16, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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jamie and steve sub texturalJamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel, better known these days as the melodic pop duo Jamie and Steve, sat behind the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation virtual microphones on August 16 to take me and listeners through the ins and outs of their latest hit EP, Sub Textural.

Jamie and Steve talked about three of the smashing songs on Sub Textural: the poptastic “Sword of Love,” the autobiographical “410,” and the basically a cappella “Cry,” a top-flight tour de force that closes out the proceedings. It’s the kind of in-depth back-and-forth that you can only hear on the Internet’s premiere melodic pop talk show.

pprListen to my interview with Jamie and Steve from August 16 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer).

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Listen to the songs played during this interview by clicking on the following
Spotify links:

“Sword of Love: | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0mR9TA5UKtf4URTPbWt1gM

“410” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/4KA10Sr3TePqhPRCQlgq5b

“Cry” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/2N0dZh3AP6wLXXN8z0J51f

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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