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Songwriters

Bill Dees

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Presented in conjunction with 2006 American Music Masters Series tribute to Roy Orbison

Interviewed by Warren Zanes

Texas native Bill Dees wrote or co-wrote 64 songs with Roy Orbison that Roy recorded, including “City Life”, “Crawling Back,” “How Do You Start Over”, “Ride Away”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “The Defector”, “Borne on the Wind”, “Goodnight”, “There Won’t Be Many Coming Home”, “Windsurfer”, and the worldwide smash hits “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “It’s Over.”  His songs have been cut by a diverse group of artists including Johnny Cash, Al Green, Loretta Lynn, Van Halen, Dinah Shore, Bob Luman, Frank Ifield, Clinton Gregory, Gene Pitney and The Germs. Not just a songwriter, Bill is a vocalist who sang the high harmony on “Oh, Pretty Woman” and many other Orbison tunes. 

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Weldon McDougal III

Wednesday, Februrary 17, 2010

Presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall's 2010 Black History Month celebration of Philadelphia Soul

Interviewed by Dr. Lauren Onkey

Philadelphia native Weldon Arthur McDougal III  contributed to the musical evolution of the Sound of Philadelphia for over four decades. As a songwriter, recording artist, group bandleader and independent producer, he has helped shape and influence the creation and development of Philly sound since the early 1960s. Founding member and co-owner of the now legendary Harthon/Dynodynamics record labels alongside Luther Randolph and Johnny Stiles, McDougal produced diverse local Philly artists including Eddie Holman, Barbara Mason, the Volcanoes, Larry Clinton, Nella Dodds, Cindy Gibson, Herb Ward, and many others. McDougal produced Barbara Mason’s Philly classic Top 10 hit, "Yes, I'm Ready"  which is one of the first examples of the sweet, lush orchestrated sound that came to be called Philly soul.  In the 1970s, McDougal continued to produce while working nationally at Motown records.

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Joe Melson

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Presented in conjunction with 2006 American Music Masters Series tribute to Roy Orbison

Interviewed by Jason Hanley

Joe Melson co-wrote Orbison classics including “Uptown,” “Only the Lonely,” “Blue Angel,” “Crying,” “Blue Bayou” and many more. 

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Dan Penn and Buzz Cason

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Interviewed by Warren Zanes

Dan Penn

Penn has produced or written hits for artists including Aretha Franklin and the Box Tops.  James Carr, Janis Joplin, and Dionne Warwick have recorded his soul masterpieces, including “Do Right Woman,” “I’m Your Puppet,” and “Dark End of the Street.”  In addition to writing hits for others, he has recorded several solo albums.

Buzz Cason

Cason wrote the classic “Everlasting Love” and has performed as a vocalist for Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, and Jimmy Buffet.  Cason also produced Jimmy Buffet, helping to lead Buffet to stardom.  Cason has also penned a book entitled Living the Rock and Roll Dream.

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Sir Mack Rice

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Interviewed by Warren Zanes

During five decades in the music business, Sir Mack Rice has penned some of the most popular rhythm and blues hits ever.  As a member of the Falcons along with Wilson Pickett, Rice recorded soul classics such as “You’re So Fine” and “I Found a Love,” and later wrote Pickett’s smash hit, “Mustang Sally.”  During the late 1960s, he became involved with Stax Records, penning the hit “Respect Yourself” for the Staple Singers, as well as writing songs for Johnnie Taylor and Albert King.  Since then, Rice has worked with Ike & Tina Turner, Eddie Floyd, the Blues Brothers, and Buddy Guy. 

This event also featured a performance by Sir Mack Rice and the band Voodoo Libido, who performed songs off of Rice's latest CD, Get That Money.

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PF Sloan

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Interviewed by Warren Zanes

PF Sloan made a wave on the surf scene starting in 1964 when his group The Fantastic Baggys had a hit with “Tell ‘Em I’m Surfin’.” Sloan wrote and produced the entire album, which also included the original version of the surf music classic, “Summer Means Fun,” that was later recorded by Bruce and Terry, Jan and Dean, and the Legendary Masked Surfers. Sloan went on to be the in-house musical force behind Dunhill Records, where he produced, played on and/or wrote many of the label’s hits, including "Eve of Destruction"



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