Meet the legend that is Gordon Lightfoot
Singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot put Canada on the map during the early 60’s folk revival. He is often referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend. His career has spanned some 50 years and he has recorded more than 200 songs and written many more. Today, at 81, Gordon is no longer the notorious womaniser that he once was. He is filled with memories and even a few regrets that he shares with me during our chat. I had to patiently wait months to secure an interview with him. I wasn’t disappointed when I finally got him on the other end of the telephone. Check out the interview in this week’s episode and if you’re a fan (and who isn’t?) look out for the wonderful documentary that Amazon Prime has released about his career. It has been this doco that’s propelled Gordon to take to the road again.
Joan Armatrading doesn't often write about herself but occasionally a little bit of her does sneak in.
Last year British singer songwriter, Joan Armatrading was awarded a CBE for services to music, charity and equal rights. For nearly 50 years Joan has been writing about love. Ordinary people have been her fodder. She has taken her inspiration from things and people around her and somehow when she puts music to her observations, a hit record ensues. I spoke to Joan on the eve of her 70th birthday and as I expected, her reaction to the age milestone was as humble as her reaction to having become such a profound influence on audiences and musicians alike. Since 1972 Joan has kept the albums coming. Celebrated for her deep, honeyed, flexible voice and explorations of folk, jazz, blues, soul and pop, it was interesting to hear her say that since 2003 she has arranged and played on nearly all the instruments on her albums. What a talent and what an awesome lady to chat with. Read more about her here
Joan Armatrading's latest single here
Anita Pointer points out who's at fault
As Anita Pointer from The Pointer Sisters turns 74 this week, she shares some of the goings on behind the sibling group’s fractured facade. The musicological history of The Pointer Sister is both long and varied, largely because it consists of many different chapters that revolve around different combinations and pairings of biological siblings. Anita, Bonnie (1950-2020), Ruth (b. 1946) and June (1953 – 2006). Today the sisters, who had such huge hits during the 80’s, are waring. Listen in to my chat if you’d like to know more. Which was your favourite Pointer Sister song? Maybe this one? It was certainly mine.
Badfinger's Joey Molland spills the beans
Joey Molland is an English composer and rock guitarist whose recording career spans five decades. He is best known as a member of Badfinger which was the most successful of the acts he performed with. Molland is the last surviving member from the band’s classic 70’s lineup. Today he lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and runs an antique store with his girlfriend. The affable pop-star tells me all about the hard times that the group went through at the height of their success as well as how he suffered personal loss with the death of his wife who passed away quietly in her sleep in 2009. Joey still performs today. In fact, he is part of an impressive cast of musicians who are coming together for a special tribute to The Beatles iconic ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Revolver’ albums late March. Click here for more information.
Joey still performs today. In fact, he is part of an impressive cast of musicians who are coming together for a special tribute to The Beatles iconic ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Revolver’ albums late March. Click here for tickets and more information.
Dion ... yesterday
and today ...
Known for hits like ‘Runaround Sue’, and ‘The Wanderer’, 81 year old Dion chats with me about his memories of Buddy Holly, experiences growing up, as well as his new album, ‘Stomping Ground’, and the collaborations on it. He’s an amazing guy with an incredible story to tell. Check out my interview with Dion in this week’s holiday special. Learn more about Dion here