Sam Arlen: Saxophonist, President of S.A. Music, Son of Composer Harold Arlen

This interview from 2005 was with Sam Arlen, the son of the late great Harold Arlen. Not everyone recognizes the name of Harold Arlen, but all know his music. His brilliant compositions include “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Over the Rainbow,” “One for my Baby (and One for the Road),” “Stormy Weather,” “Get Happy,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and in addition to the aforementioned “Over the Rainbow,” ALL of the music from the timeless movie “The Wizard of Oz.” HAROLD ARLEN IS AMERICAN MUSIC.

Sam Arlen is a saxophonist and the head of the S. A. Music company, which oversees the publishing of Harold Arlen’s extensive song catalogue. He offers a great insight into Harold Arlen’s incredible compositions.

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.