Robert Plant, Jethro Tull, The Whispers, Santana, Norman Greenbaum

As Led Zeppelin IV turns 50, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss release a sensational new album

The album ‘Raise the Roof’ pairs former Led Zeppelin front man, Robert Plant with bluegrass legend, Alison Krauss for the first time since ‘Raising Sand’ in 2007. That album won Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards. This album is even better. Listen to some of the new songs in this week’s episode and relive Misty Mountain Hop from Led Zeppelin IV in 1973, below. Read more about the pair’s reform here.

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Is Norman Greenbaum's Spirit in the Sky the greatest One-hit-Wonder ever? Meet Norman who's turning 79 this week and decide.

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Norman Greenbaum grew up in an orthodox Jewish family and ended up with one of the catchiest songs about Jesus. How did this happen? He simply thought using the word “Jesus” would be more marketable His original inspiration came from American country singer Porter Wagoner who had hits singing about preachers. The song has been used in many TV shows, films and commercials and today is still considered one of the best riffs ever. Read more

 

Zooming with The Whispers

The Whispers are one of the world’s longest running vocal  groups. They’re doing it better than ever with a new single out this week and throughout their massive career, these guys have remained humble and real. I caught up with the very charming, twins Walter and Wallace Scott and Levell Degree.  Watch our zoom conversation here. It’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Jethro Tull's Martin Barre turns 75 and shares his thoughts on music and life

He’s best known for his role as lead guitarist for British rock band Jethro Tull with whom he recorded and toured from 1968 to 2012 but there’s a whole lot more to the quirky Englishman as you’ll discover both by listening below and reading more here.

 

Lots to see at Italian Film Festival 2021

The film ‘A Chiara’ features at the Italian Film Festival this month. It is set in a Calabrian town and stars three members of one family, Swamy, Grecia and Claudio Rotolo.  It is a gripping story of a 15 year old girl whose family life starts to unravel when she discovers her father has criminal ties.  There are so many great films on offer here including a retrospective look at all of the great Italian screen goddesses of the past. How many can you name?

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