The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #47 – David Was of Was (Not Was)

David Was is a man who lives at the corners of journalism and music. He goes by “David Was” in the world of music, and he is the stage brother and other half of the writing/producing collaboration Was (Not Was). A Detroit, Michigan native, his journey into the public sphere began as a journalist and jazz critic. David Was has had a big mark in the music world not just with his band, but also as a producer. He’s worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Mel Tormé, Iggy Pop, Ricky Lee Jones, Roy Orbison and many others. Going back to the journalism, under his given name of David Weiss, his byline has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Newsweek. Whether you call him David Was or David Weiss, he’s here on The Paul Leslie Hour for an unprecedented in-depth interview.


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #46 – Pia Zadora

There’s never been a story like the Pia Zadora story. Her stage career began at age 7. She’s been featured in major motion pictures, received numerous awards and has won over many people with her music. A performing and recording artist of several genres, Pia Zadora’s life has intersected with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Jermaine Jackson and many others. On the cusp of releasing her latest album of standards from the American Songbook, we were honored to sit down and get to know this beloved artist.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #45 – Jordan Critz

Jordan Critz is an award-winning composer and producer based in Nashville. Critz’s music has been heard on many recordings as well as in film and television including Disney, National Geographic, Apple, CBS, PBS, ABC, NBC, ESPN, Lifetime, TEDx. It is our pleasure to present an interview with a very talented and versatile artist whose work will continue to be heard and enjoyed by many.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #44 – Pete Seeger

Folksinger, banjoist, performing and recording artist Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) definitely made his mark on the world. He earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Harvard Arts  Medal, the Kennedy Center Award, The Presidential Medal of the Arts, Two Grammys, and membership in both the Songwriters Hall of Fame   and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many would say that Pete Seeger was arguably the most important American folk musician.

This interview was recorded in 2012 or 2013. It remains an important musical artifact shared here on The Paul Leslie Hour.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #43 – Hargus “Pig” Robbins

Hargus Melvin “Pig” Robbins is one of the great legends in music and has been called the most recorded pianist in the history of recorded music. Better known as “Pig” Robbins, he’s played on some of the most iconic tracks: Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces,” Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” and George Jones’s “White Lightening.” Some of the iconic artists Pig Robbins has worked with include Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Sturgill Simpson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Charlie Rich, etc. Pig Robbins has recorded his own albums under the name “Mel Robbins.” In 2012 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. We’re honored to have Pig with us! 


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #42 – Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck is the definition of what it means to be an iconic singer. The youngest boy in a large family with ten children, Engelbert Humperdinck, from Leicester, England, he grew up in Madras, India. In his career as a performing and recording artist, Humperdinck has sold approximately 150 million records, including 64 million gold and 24 million platinum records.   Know as “the King of Romance,” his most recent album, “The Man I Want to Be” is dedicated to his wife Patricia, who is battling Alzheimer’s and features an eclectic  collection of songs including originals as well as covers of hits from Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #41 – Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Frank Sinatra, Jr. was born on January 10, 1944. Music was definitely in Frank Sinatra, Jr.’s blood.  Like his legendary father, Frank Sinatra, Mr. Sinatra was a singer, performer and recording artist.

You will find Frank Sinatra, Jr. was a wealth of information, a very interesting and passionate man as well as a lover of the Great American Songbook, those songs written in the early half of the 20th century.  You could describe Frank Sinatra, Jr. as knowledgeable, honest and passionate.

Despite the fame of the Sinatra family name, Frank Sinatra, Jr. called himself a “homespun boy at heart,” and described himself as follows:  “Frank Sinatra, Jr. today is an old man who tells people that he was never famous he just has a famous name, and as it happens the only thing that justified his life is that he practiced what he believed.”

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #40 – Jerome Garfunkel

Jerome Garfunkel (also known as Jerry) is someone who knows that life is a learning experience. Called Dr. COBOL by some, for his contributions to COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) a computer programming language. Jerome Garfunkel lives a full life with many interests: a technologist, writer, educator, calligrapher, lecturer and motorcyclist, he has traveled around the globe. It was very nice of Garfunkel to share the insights and lessons he has learned from his experiences with us. Tune in and dig the Jerome vibe.

The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #39 – Maya Angelou

This is audio interview with Dr. Maya Angelou recorded in June 2008. Maya Angelou was a poet, educator, historian, best-selling writer, actress, playwright, Civil Rights activist, producer, director, musician and important figure in American literature known for her best-selling autobiographies (seven in all, the first and most well known being I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.)  This interview focuses on her little known career as a Calypso singer and recording artist.

Special thanks to Kevin Hooper for audio mastering and production of the video version of the interview, featuring an on-screen transcription.


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #38 – Sammy Rimington

Sammy Rimington is one of the leading advocates and practitioners of New Orleans revival jazz today. He’s been recording and performing professionally for more than 50 years. Born in the United Kingdom, Sammy Rimington is a clarinetist and reed player and has worked with many of the legends in music and has contributed to hundreds of recordings. We’re honored to welcome him to The Paul Leslie Hour for a unique look at a wonderful style of music.

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