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Sound recordings--Production and direction




Quincy Jones: The Man Behind The Music.

Legendary music producer, arranger, composer and media mogul Quincy Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on May 18. In 2001, Fresh Air spoke with him about his career and working with the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson.

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 5, 2001.


Rock Icons Sing Pirate Songs On 'Son Of Rogues Gallery.'

Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Marc Almond, Marianne Faithfull, Shane MacGowan and others appear on a new two-disc compilation of pirate ballads and sea songs called Son of Rogues Gallery. Here, Terry Gross talks with Hal Willner, the project's producer, about some of the stories behind the project.


The Modern-Day Renaissance Man In Queen's Brian May

After writing "We Will Rock You" and touring around the world as the lead guitarist in Queen, Brian May made an unusual career choice: He got his Ph.D. in astrophysics. May explains how Queen developed its distinctive sound and explains his fascination with stereoscopic photographs taken in the 1850s.


'American' Remembered: Rick Rubin On Johnny Cash.

In the decade leading up to his death in 2003, Johnny Cash worked with producer Rick Rubin on a series of albums they called American Recordings. This week, in honor of Cash's birthday, Rubin's label released Ain't No Grave, the sixth disc of songs produced in their collaboration.

This interview was originally broadcast on November 25, 2005


'40/40' Celebrates The Carpenters' 1969 Debut

Forty years after siblings Richard and Karen Carpenter signed with A&M Records, Richard Carpenter is releasing a 40th-anniversary compilation CD, Carpenters: 40/40. The two-disc set includes 40 tracks with hits including "Top of the World" and "We've Only Just Begun."


50 Years of Stax: 'Soul Man' Steve Cropper

Memphis soul label Stax records is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year; a series of tribute concerts are being held, and PBS airs the documentary Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story next week. We feature interviews with musicians who were a big part of the Stax sound.

First up: Guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Cropper, best known for playing with Booker T & the MGs. He co-wrote "Soul Man" and "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay." This interview first aired on Sept. 18, 1990.


'Fresh Air' at 20: Musical Anthropologist Sam Charters

Fresh Air went national in 1987, and we're celebrating that 20th anniversary by revisiting some classic broadcasts. In this segment: novelist and blues record producer Sam Charters. In the 1950s, Charters traveled the South, making field recordings of neglected and previously unknown musicians and singers. He's a Grammy Award winner, and his latest books are last year's New Orleans: Playing a Jazz Chorus and Walking a Blues Road: A Selection of Blues Writing, 1956-2004, published in 2004. Rebroadcast from July 3, 1987.


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