Helen Rose Marketti
I had a very cool interview with Kofi Baker. We talked about many different subjects ranging from his childhood, learning to play the drums, inspiration for music, working with students at his drum clinic, touring with the “Cream Experience” and building a relationship with his father, Ginger Baker.
Another great interview!! Bill Medley (Righteous Brothers) will be at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside, Ohio on Saturday, May 24th. Bill talked about the early days, his friendship with the late Bobby Hatfield and his soon to be released autobiography, “The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother’s Memoir”. (Release date: April 15, 2014) It is always an honor for me to talk with classic legends of an era that were spot on for music and still going strong!
I just finished another great interview in regards to the POP EXPO event which will be held at the Cleveland Convention Center on May 16, 17 & 18. Pat Priest who played Marilyn Munster on the TV show, The Munsters will be one of the wonderful guests. I loved talking with her! After The Munsters, she did a movie with Elvis Presley in 1967. (Easy Come Easy Go)
Jeanne Rose was a fashion designer for Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Charles Lloyd Band, The Everly Brothers, The Young Rascals and many more! It was wonderful to talk with her this afternoon as she reminisced about those days. Fashion definitely went hand-in-hand with the culture and music of the 60s.
My interview with Kelle Rhoads was very interesting as well as enjoyable. If the name sounds familiar, Kelle is the brother to the late guitarist, Randy Rhoads who played in Quiet Riot and later with Ozzy Osbourne. Kelle is a very accomplished classical pianist. He has several CDs released with another one due for release in the Spring of 2014. He still is involved with Musonia Scool of Music in North Hollywood. Kelle’s mother, Delores, started the school in 1948 and now it’s in its 66th year of operation!
The one and only Eddie Money will be doing a show at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Friday, March 28! We talked about his early days in music, a career spanning 40 years and much more! This was my second time interviewing him and he is ready to rock Cleveland once again!
Maestro Topilow (Carl Topilow) is the conductor for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. I had the pleasure of interviewing Maestro this afternoon. We discussed upcoming shows, his signature red clarinet and why he loves conducting! The Cleveland Pops Orchestra will be performing a tribute to the wonderful work of the late Marvin Hamlisch on Friday, February 21 at Severance Hall.
I recently interviewed Russell Hitchcock who is the lead singer for the band, Air Supply. They will be at Akron Civic Theatre on Friday, January 31. Russell and Graham have side projects as well as many wonderful events going on for the band. Please check out the band’s web site to keep up with the latest. The interview went very well. I always enjoy talking with people whose music I have enjoyed over the years.
I interviewed Julian Lennon today via telephone. He is currently in France working on a photography project. His new album, “Everything Changes” has recently been released and is available on Amazon and iTunes. There are many beautiful songs that speak from the heart that all of us can relate to in one way or another.
I interviewed Cherie Currie (lead singer of 70s all-girl band, The Runaways w/Joan Jett) Cherie will be doing a show at The Foundry in Lakewood on Wednesday, August 7th! In addition to her musical talent, Cherie is also a chainsaw wood carver and has created the most beautiful pieces of art work! Stop out on the 7th to hear some ole Runaway favorites like “Cherry Bomb” as well as some new material!
I recently interviewed David Cassidy. He will be at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside, OH on Saturday, July 27. It was a great interview…he is much more than a former teen idol. He is a strong advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. His mother passed away from the disease in December (2012) so we talked a lot about that as well. His career has spanned over 40 years with a wide range of projects from music, TV, Broadway and more.
I recently interviewed Angie McCartney (Paul’s “stepmum”) about her autobiography, “My Long and Winding Road”. It was a pleasure to speak with her. Angie shares stories in her book about first meeting Jim McCartney and knowing in her heart that she would marry him one day. The book takes the reader on a journey of what life brings as it unfolds with many stops along the way.
I spoke with film director, Ryan White about his documentary, “Good Ol’ Freda” which will be shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival, 2013. Freda Kelly was the secretary for The Beatles from their early days until the band broke up in 1970. She assisted Beatle manager, Brian Epstein with many tasks that often were outside the norm for secretarial duties which included trying to answer the many “odd requests” that fans had in order to be closer to their beloved Fab Four. Freda has kept her silence for nearly 50 years and Ryan shares why she chose now to have that time of her life now documented.
Marshall Crenshaw’s music is part of the soundtrack for my life during the 80′s! A career that has spanned over thirty years, Marshall shares what keeps him going and what cool projects he is working on in addition to touring.