02 August 2015

Michael Armstrong, Jimmy Webb, Chris Barron, Micky Dolenz & Alan Williams

Interviews from 29th June include Michael Armstrong live in the studio, songwriter Jimmy Webb, Chris Barron of Spin Doctors, Micky Dolenz of The Monkeeys, along with Alan Williams of The Rubettes.

Michael Armstrong is an exciting new British talent, unashamedly raw, emotional and direct. On the outside are his. His songs strike you immediately as being well-honed classics, which have echoes of the crafted lyrics of Dylan and the musicality of The Eagles, Paul Carrack and Steely Dan.

Jimmy Webb is an American songwriter, composer, and singer. He has written numerous platinum-selling songs, including "Up, Up and Away", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", "Galveston", "The Worst That Could Happen", "All I Know", and "MacArthur Park". He has had successful collaborations with The 5th Dimension, Glen Campbell, Richard Harris, and Art Garfunkel. In addition, his compositions have been performed by many popular contemporary artists, including Linda Ronstadt, The Supremes, Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, Rod McKuen, Frank Sinatra, Thelma Houston, The Temptations, Barbra Streisand, Joe Cocker, Judy Collins, Donna Summer, America, Amy Grant, Dionne Warwick, John Denver, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Tom Jones, Michael Feinstein, Rosemary Clooney, R.E.M., Cassandra Wilson, and Carly Simon.  He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1990. He received the National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993, the Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award in 2003, the ASCAP "Voice of Music" Award in 2006, and the Ivor Novello Special International Award in 2012. According to BMI, his song "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 and 1990. Jimmy is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.

Spin Doctors is an American rock band formed in New York City, best known for their early 1990s hits, "Two Princes", and "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong", which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 7 and No. 17 respectively.  The current members are founders Chris Barron (vocals), Eric Schenkman (guitar and vocals), Aaron Comess (drums and percussion), and Mark White (bass guitar).

Micky Dolenz is an American actor, musician, television director, radio personality and theater director, best known as the drummer and lead singer of the 1960s pop/rock band the Monkees.

The Rubettes were an English pop band assembled in 1973 by the songwriting team of Wayne Bickerton, then the head of A&R at Polydor Records, and his co-songwriter, Tony Waddington. The band duly emerged at the tail end of the glam rock movement, wearing trademark white suits and cloth caps on stage. Their first release, "Sugar Baby Love" was an instant hit remaining at number one in the United Kingdom for four weeks in May 1974, while reaching number 37 on the U.S. chart that August and remains their best-known record.

Michael Armstrong (Live in the Studio)


Jimmy Webb


Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors


Micky Dolenz of The Monkees


Alan Williams of The Rubettes

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