Helen Rose Marketti
I just finished my interview with Toni Tennille! She was calling from her home in Florida. We discussed her recent book, “Toni Tennille, A Memoir”. She and her former husband, Daryl Dragon, better known as the Captain & Tennille had many hit songs and millions of fans. Once the stage lights went dark and the fans went home, the real life she led was lonely and troubled.
In 2010 I had interviewed Tom Johnston, original member of The Doobie Brothers who wrote “Listen to the Music”. This afternoon I had the pleasure of interviewing another original member, Patrick Simmons who wrote “Black Water”. Patrick was calling from his home in Hawaii. The Doobie Brothers will be at Blossom Music Center in Cleveland on June 29 along with Journey and Dave Mason!
I interviewed Ian Anderson this afternoon! He was calling from his home in the UK. He will be performing, “Jethro Tull, The Rock Opera” at Akron Civic Arena on Monday, April 11th, 2016.
I interviewed Michael Joplin this afternoon. He is the younger brother of THE one, THE only Janis Joplin! “A Night with Janis Joplin” will be at Playhouse Square on March 2nd starring Cleveland’s own, Mary Bridget Davies as “Janis”. Michael and I enjoyed a great chat about his cool sister!
I enjoyed my conversation/interview this evening with Ron Dante! He is the voice of “Sugar, Sugar” (1969) for the ficticious cartoon, The Archies. He was also the singer for the hit, “Tracy” (1969) with the band, The Cuff Links. Ron has produced 9 of Barry Manilow’s albums, still tours and is currently working with new artists as a producer. He said I asked great questions!
It is an honor and a privilege to share that I interviewed Bobby Hart this afternoon! We talked about his book, “Psychedelic Bubble Gum”. Foreword written by Micky Dolenz. The book is a reflective page-turner for anyone interested in one of the greatest eras of music. Bobby and his songwriting partner, Tommy Boyce wrote songs for The Monkees, Jay & The Americans, Chubby Checker and MANY MORE as well as hit songs for themselves!
“I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight?” (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart)
Grand Funk Railroad!
This afternoon was my second interview with Don Brewer!
Don has been the drummer for Grand Funk Railroad since their early days. The band will be in Maumee, Ohio on August 15!
I received an email from the PR for Don Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) letting me know that my article was added to the Northwest Rib Off web site! (Maumee, OH) The band will be there on August 15. It’s a good feeling when others like to post your work.
I had another informative and fun interview this afternoon with music photographer, Henry Diltz. Henry’s work has spanned nearly 50 years with emphasis on the days of the famous rock neighborhood, Laurel Canyon in LA during the mid/late 60s. He has an upcoming project called “Behind the Lens” in which he will be co-presenting with Pattie Boyd. (Pattie was married to Beatle George Harrison during the 60s and then later married Eric Clapton). Henry and Pattie will be showing slides and reminiscing. More information to be found on Henry Diltz Photography on Facebook.
(presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery)
My interview with Bruce Kulick this afternoon was rockin’! He has a new album and single “Got To Get Back” which also has 6 other tracks which were originally recorded in 1974! Bruce was the lead guitarist for KISS from 1984 – 1996. He also played guitar with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and most recently Grand Funk Railroad. He will be with GFR at the Northwest Rib Off in Maumee, Ohio on Saturday, August 15!
I recently interviewed Keith Nelson of Buckcherry! The band will be coming to Sandusky on Saturday, June 6, 2015 for a FREE concert downtown during Ohio Bike Week! He said they are looking forward to rockin’ Sandusky!
I just finished my interview with Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings). We discussed the current “British Invasion Tour” which will be coming to The Kent Stage on March 4th. It’s a rockin’ line up with Peter Asher, Billy J. Kramer, Chad & Jeremy, Mike Pender (The Searchers) and Terry Sylvester (The Hollies). Denny and I talked about the 60s, current projects, longevity of his career and life in general.
My interview this evening with Jorma Kaukonen was a blend of reflection and inspiration. His new album, “Ain’t In No Hurry” (Red House Records) is due for release on February 17. We discussed the current tour, projects and classes taking place at Fur Peace Ranch, longevity of career with Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and his many solo projects. He said Jefferson Airplane will turn 50 years old on August 13!!
I was recently contacted by the curator of the “Psylodelic Gallery” at Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, OH. The ranch is owned by Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) and his wife, Vanessa. I was asked if it was OK to use an article of mine from an interview I had done with Jeanne Rose. She was a fashion designer during the late 60s/early 70s for Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Rascals and many more. Her fashion designs are currently on display. The exhibit is called, “Lay It On Me, Celebrating the Threads, Rags and Acid Fashions of the 60s”. My article has been enlarged and attached to foam core board to accompany the designs. The exhibit will run until December 2014.
I had the opportunity to interview Kelly Hansen who is the frontman of Foreigner! Kelly is a great person to talk with and we discussed many various topics. The band will be at The Hard Rock Rocksino on November 16. (Northfield Park)
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)