Documenting Popular Music
By Robert Neil
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Documenting Popular Music offers original radio features (mini documentaries) that take an in-depth look at the artists and music from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Through new interviews with singers, songwriters, musicians, producers, disc jockeys, authors, etc., we provide an inside look into the unforgettable music from that era. Additionally, we present reviews of new albums from artist connected to the 70’s and 80’s. The shows are produced at The O-and-F Studios (www.OandFStudios.com).
||CleanAn Historic Writing Partnership – Legendary Songwriters Neil Diamond and Gilbert Bécaud Come Together to Write Songs for The Jazz Singer Movie||In the late 1970s, when Neil Diamond was asked to star in the movie the Jazz Singer, his career was at the peak of popularity, and he had not only established himself as an elite performer, but also an accomplished songwriter. Similarly, Gilbert...||5/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBT – Album Review: James Taylor’s ‘Before this World’ from 2015||For this ‘Throwback Thursday’ (TBT) episode of Documenting Popular Music, we are replaying our 2015 review of James Taylor’s ‘Before this World' album. To date, it is the last studio album Taylor has released, and he has been performing...||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHey, Hey It’s the Monkees, Part II – A Look at the Individual Careers of the Monkees in the 70s and 80s||The Monkees TV show debuted in September of 1966 and ran until March of 1968. During that time, the band saturated the music charts and radio stations with songs such as “I’m a Believer,” “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to...||1/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHey, Hey It’s the Monkees, Part I – A Look at the Individual Careers of the Monkees in the 70s and 80s||The Monkees TV show debuted in September of 1966 and ran until March of 1968. During that time, the band saturated the music charts and radio stations with songs such as “I’m a Believer,” “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to...||1/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlbum Review -- The Eagles, Donna Summer, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Randy Owen and Many Others Pay Tribute to Dan Fogelberg||Dan Fogelberg passed away 10 years ago this month. His memory has been kept alive this year by a number of events, including the release of two new albums, ‘Live At Carnegie Hall’ (a previously unheard performance from 1979) and a tribute...||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Making of a Classic – The Story of How One of Barry Manilow’s Most Beloved Songs Finally Became a Hit||It was 1971, and a 25-year-old Barry Manilow was still a struggling musician and commercial jingles writer when he came up with a melody he felt was very special. That melody would become the song “Could It Be Magic,” which featured a chorus based..||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJanis Ian Gets a Jazz Treatment – Sarah Partridge Talks about Her Tribute Album to the Folk Singer||About two years ago, Sarah Partridge began working on a project to bring new life to Janis Ian’s songs by presenting them with fresh jazz interpretations. Ian, who debuted during the folk scene of the 1960s, rose to fame with her hits...||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom the Heart of Alabama (Part II) - Former 'Split the Dark' Member Scott McDavid Talks about His Journey as a Musician||Documenting Popular Music puts a spotlight on the thriving musical scene in Alabama and the city of Birmingham, where musician Scott McDavid was born and raised. McDavid’s journey is representative of numerous other musicians who work under...||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom the Heart of Alabama (Part I) - Former 'Split the Dark' Member Scott McDavid Talks about His Journey as a Musician||Documenting Popular Music puts a spotlight on the thriving musical scene in Alabama and the city of Birmingham, where musician Scott McDavid was born and raised. McDavid’s journey is representative of numerous other musicians who work under...||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBT - Neil Diamond's Melody Road Album Review from 2014||For this ‘Throwback Thursday’ (TBT) episode of Documenting Popular Music, we are replaying our 2014 review of Neil Diamond’s Melody Road album. To date, it is the last studio album of all new songs Diamond has delivered, and he is...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRusty Young - The Leader of Poco Talks in-depth about His First Solo Album and Joyfully Reminisces about the Past||After more than 50 years in music, Rusty Young, the leader of the group Poco, has recorded his first solo album. The new set is entitled ‘Waitin’ for the Sun,’ (Blue Élan Records) and it features 10 songs that not only give you a peek...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeader of the Band: Remembering Dan Fogelberg with Stories and Insights from His Record Producer||A look at the career of Dan Fogelberg with his former record producer||8/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Music – A Review of Herb Alpert’s New Album, Music Vol. 1||Herb Alpert works with wonder-producer Jochem vander Saag on catchy new album||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLessons in Rock and Roll and Jazz Music – Guitarist Doug Jackson of Ambrosia Talks about His Craft||Doug Jackson is the guitarist for the progressive rock group Ambrosia, which hit the singles and albums charts in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. The bands biggest hits include “How Much I Feel” from the 1978 album Life Beyond L.A., and...||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Bowie -- Changes: Retrospective of a Rock Icon||Relive the amazing career of one of rock and roll's most unique music stars||7/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRock and Roll History - Jazz Musician Ron Aprea Talks about Recording with John Lennon||Ron Aprea recorded with John Lennon for the 1974 album 'Walls and Bridges'||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUrban Country: The Country/Pop Music Phenomenon of the Early 1980s||In the early 1980s, country music crossed over onto pop radio with great regularity. This feature presentation documents the phenomenon and spotlights the music and artist at the center of the changes.||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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I loved listening to the music, brought back many memories.
Makes me want to download the songs.