Ben E. King: R&B and Soul Singer

BEN E. KING remains one of the most distinct and recognizable voices of our time.  Put “Stand By Me” on the jukebox in any venue regardless of age and watch the room come alive.

This interview with Ben E. King focused in particular on his jazz album “Heart & Soul,” his last North American album release.

Ben E. King passed away on April 30, 2015.

 

Michael McDonald: Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist

Michael McDonald has one of the most iconic blue-eyed soul voices in music today.  Instantly recognizable, Michael McDonald has recorded and toured with the greatest artists and many of his songs have become legendary.  Michael McDonald has won 5 Grammys among many other honors.

This interview with Michael McDonald took place after his recording of the album “Blue Obsession.”  He also talks about his friendship with Jeff Bridges and the inspiration behind the Doobie Brothers song “It Keeps You Running,” the songwriting of John Goodwin and more.

Percy Sledge: Singer-Songwriter

Percy Sledge is a true legend in Soul and R&B. His song “When a Man Loves a Woman” was a hit song in 1966 and has been receiving continuous radio airplay ever since. The song reached #1 in the US and went on to become an international hit. Percy Sledge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, the Delta Music Museum, the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame and he was an inaugural Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Honoree.

Rolling Stone magazine lists Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” 54th in their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Some of his other classic songs include “It Tears Me Up,” “Take Time to Know Her,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Cover Me.” At the age of 69, he continues to record and perform to this day.