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Ken Michaels' Beatles website a treasure trove for interviews
Veteran Beatles DJ Ken Michaels has accumulated a massive amount of interviews with people connected to the Beatles on his website, www.kenmichaelsradio.com. Everyone from musicians that worked with them, family members and various Beatles authors can be found on the growing website, which also features weekly Beatles trivia, special contests, and listings for Beatles events in the New York/New England area.
Among the most recent interviews now found on his "More Interviews" page are two of the last members of Wings-lead guitarist Laurence Juber and drummer Steve Holley. Michaels said "Both talked about their careers, various influences, and their time in Wings, and Laurence discussed his new photo memoir "Guitar With Wings" which covered his early career and time with Paul McCartney, with information on the music and private photos from Laurence's archives never shared before until now."
|Ken Michaels (right) with Laurence Juber|
Just recently Mark Hudson shared his memories of his time working with Ringo Starr. "The work Mark recorded with Ringo, from "Vertical Man" through "Liverpool 8" are amongst his finest work, and Mark was co-producer, co-writer, and musician on those albums."
Another treat for Ken was interviewing Mark Rivera, who's not only worked with Billy Joel for over 30 years, but as served as Music Director for Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, and played on more tours with the All-Starrs than any other musician. "Who better to talk about Ringo's tours than Mark?" Ken says. Rivera also discussed his excellent new album getting rave reviews, "Common Bond," which features appearances from his two bosses! Other musicians you can find on Ken's website include Julian Lennon "who was a joy to talk to, discussing his career, and his latest album, one of his best, 'Everything Changes.'"
Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens talked about his love for the Beatles, growing up on New York radio, watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and the group's innovation in their music. The group recently recorded their 3rd Beatles tribute CD, covering all the songs the Beatles performed at their Washington Coliseum concert.
There are numerous authors showcased on Ken's website. Most recently, Ken interviewed Dave Morrell, record company promotions man for 40 years, and an avid Beatles collector. Dave just released the first of 6 volumes of his life story, "Horse-Doggin'" and he shared many Beatles stories with Ken, including how he came to meet John Lennon and eventually got John to give him his Batles Butcher Cover album, which he signed, and meeting Paul McCartney at the launch for his album "Press To Play," and discussed songs from the ill-fated Beatles "Sessions" album.
Other authors you can find include Robert Rodriguez, whose latest book "Solo In The 70's" is an examination of the first decade of solo-Beatles music, Beatlefan writer Al Sussman, whose "Changin' Times: 101 Days That Shaped A Generation" is an examination on how our culture changed in many ways following President Kennedy's assassination, New York Times and Beatlefan writer Allan Kozinn, whose E-book "Got That Something-How 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' Changed Everything" examines the early Beatles music leading up to the single that catapulted the Beatles to fame in America.
|Ken Michaels with Mark Lewisohn|
Ken adds, "There's also David Bedfords' "The Fab 104" which takes a look at many of the lesser or hardly-known people that played a part in the Beatles evolution in their formative years, and then there's Mark Lewisohn, whose first of three volumes of his Beatles biography "All These Years-Tune In" covers the Beatles story up to the end of 1962 in such great detail, adding insights we've never known before, and is being considered the ultimate Beatles biography. It's a great feeling to interview all these great writers, and to develop a place on the web to have them discuss their great passion for the Beatles."
Ken's website also features Beatles trivia and games every week, with great prizes to go along with them, and periodically there are special contests to win unique prizes, such as the new Dual-Format edition (DVD/Blu-Ray) for "A Hard Day's Night," Laurence Juber's book "Guitar With Wings," a signed lithograph for Julian Lennon's album cover for "Everything Changes," and signed copies from the authors of the latest Beatles books.
Ken has been hosting the weekly Beatles music show "Every Little Thing" since March, 1982, where it can be heard as a one-hour syndicated show on 20 stations, and as a live broadcast Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) on WNHU, West Haven, CT. He also co-hosts the weekly Beatles news-themed podcast "Things We Said Today" with Beatles Examiner's Steve Marinucci, which can be heard at www.podbean.com and on iTunes.
Published August 1, 2014
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