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 #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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Deborah McColl: Vocalist & Guitarist

The Kindred Spirit was a folk trio featuring Deborah McColl, Thom Tollerson and Phil Rolleston.  Deborah McColl today is a Psychotherapist.  She is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist.  Many people know McColl as the original “Reeferette.”  Deborah McColl was the first backup vocalist for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band from 1978-1981 and appeared on 5 of his albums and co-wrote two of his songs.

As a recording artist she released her solo album “Naked in the Garden.”  This interview with Deborah McColl was recorded the night before the 40th anniversary reunion concert of The Kindred Spirit folk trio.

Phil Rolleston: Vocalist & Guitarist

The Kindred Spirit was a folk trio featuring Phil Rolleston, Thom Tollerson and Deborah McColl.  In 1968, a recording was made of one of their live concert, using one microphone.  In 2008, the tape of that recording was resurrected and the audio cleaned up.  It was that recording that provided the inspiration for the band to have a reunion 40 years later.  The three members of the trio were interviewed the night before their reunion concert.  Phil Rolleston was the first to be interviewed.

Wesley Cook: Singer-Songwriter

Recorded several years ago, this was an in-studio interview and acoustic performances with singer-songwriter Wesley Cook.  He had released his first album “We’ve Been Here Before” featuring only vocal and acoustic guitar.  He performs many songs from this album as well as a few songs that had not yet been recorded and a couple that have yet to be put on an album.  This is an interesting artifact and the performances are soulful and played with great feeling.

 

Nana Mouskouri: Singer, Recording Artist

Our special guest is international singer NANA MOUSKOURI. According to the music website allmusic.com, Nana Mouskouri is the biggest selling female vocalist of all time. I think you will agree, the story and case of Nana Mouskouri is a unique one. She speaks and sings in several languages. She’s recorded songs in Greek, French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Hebrew, Welsh, Mandarin, and Turkish, just to name a few. Nana Mouskouri has fans throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. She has recorded approximately 450 albums and an astonishing 2,000 songs making one of, if not the most prolific recording artists in the world. Nana Mouskouri sings in many genres from jazz, French cabaret songs, songs heard in motion picture soundtracks, classical and operatic pieces, religious and gospel hymns, pop tunes, folk songs from her native Greece, and other genres. A very humble woman, when asked how many albums she has sold globally, Nana Mouskouri has said “around 200 million,” while some journalists believe the number to be well over 300 million copies worldwide. Nana Mouskouri’s voice has been an international sensation for over 50 years.

Lori Lieberman: Singer-Songwriter

Lori Lieberman is best known for her song “Killing Me Softly” written during her Troubadour days in Los Angeles when she saw the legendary Don McLean in concert. Lori Lieberman was born in California, but raised in Switzerland. She was influenced by Francoise Hardy, Tom Rush, Cat Stevens and other American singer-songwriters. Lori Lieberman went on to attend University in Boston and signed her very first record deal with Capitol Records. Lori Lieberman toured the United States with artists like Randy Newman, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, John B. Sebastian and Rick Nelson. Her most recent and fourteenth album is entitled “Bend Like Steel.” The CD features songs Lieberman wrote along with songs others wrote like Paul Simon’s “Cecilia.” Lori Lieberman is a part of the great American songwriting tradition. It is a pleasure to welcome her on The Paul Leslie Hour and to take a look at her music.

John Sebastian: Singer-Songwriter

“The Paul Leslie Hour” proudly presents an exclusive interview with the legendary John B. Sebastian of Lovin’ Spoonful fame. His songs are loved all over the world – (“Do You Believe In Magic?” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” “Daydream.”)

This exclusive interview recorded backstage at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center in Roswell, Georgia.