Sunday, November 6, 2011

Listen to the Michael Shnayerson Special on The Paul Leslie Hour (HIS SONG: Harry Belafonte, a Series)

This is a radio series entitled HIS SONG: Harry Belafonte, where we take a look at the life and recordings of Harry Belafonte through a series of interviews.

On this first episode of the series, we welcome our special guest Michael Shnayerson. Michael Shnayerson is a journalist and a longtime contributor to Vanity Fair magazine. Shnayerson has written several books, including the recent book with Harry Belafonte: MY SONG, A Memoir. MY SONG tells the story of Harry Belafonte, called one of the greatest entertainers of our time. MY SONG takes the reader from Belafonte's early days as a child growing up in Harlem and Jamaica, to his careers in acting and music. However, MY SONG is about more than Harry Belafonte the singer. Harry Belafonte was the first recording artist in history to sell one million copies of an album. MY SONG is also about Harry Belafonte the activist and Humanitarian. Harry Belafonte is an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement, but Belafonte's passion has extended beyond the borders of the United States. Belafonte has been involved in political, social and Humanitarian causes around the world. It is my pleasure to welcome Michael Shnayerson, co-author of Harry Belafonte's MY SONG: A Memoir on The Paul Leslie Hour.

Enjoy the story! Enjoy the music!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Listen to Don McLean on The Paul Leslie Hour

2011 is the 40th Anniversary of Don McLean's classic American Pie album. We also celebrate our eighth year of broadcasting!

Don McLean is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, recording artist and concert performer. We celebrate the 40th anniversary of the American Pie album, featuring some of Don McLean's most famous songs including Vincent and the title cut: American Pie. The American Pie single was a number 1 US hit for four weeks in 1972. The song "American Pie" was listed as the number 5 song on the Recording Industry Association of America's Songs of the Century list for the song's cultural and historical signifcance. Don McLean has never stopped. He has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide. In 2004, Don McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by recording artists in every genre including Madonna, George Michael, Julio Iglesias, Weird Al Yankovic, and even Fred Astaire. Don McLean has recorded over 40 studio and live albums. He continues to tour worldwide and his songs are continuously heard on the radio.
Don McLean's songs are a part of our collective memory. It is an honor we welcome Don McLean for an interview as we celebrate 40 years of American Pie and bring in another year of The Paul Leslie Hour.

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Don McLean Online: The Official Website of Don McLean and American Pie
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Jeff Pike Studios
Bill Lampton's Championship Communication

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Listen to the Lori Lieberman Special on The Paul Leslie Hour

Our special guest is singer-songwriter, performing and recording artist Lori Lieberman. Lori Lieberman is best known for her song "Killing Me Softly" written during her Troubadour days in Los Angeles when she saw the legendary Don McLean in concert. Lori Lieberman was born in California, but raised in Switzerland. She was influenced by Francoise Hardy, Tom Rush, Cat Stevens and other American singer-songwriters. Lori Lieberman went on to attend University in Boston and signed her very first record deal with Capitol Records. Lori Lieberman toured the United States with artists like Randy Newman, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, John B. Sebastian and Rick Nelson. Her most recent and fourteenth album is entitled "Bend Like Steel." The CD features songs Lieberman wrote along with songs others wrote like Paul Simon's "Cecilia." Lori Lieberman is a part of the great American songwriting tradition. It is a pleasure to welcome her on The Paul Leslie Hour and to take a look at her music.

Listen to the Full Hour:


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The Official Lori Lieberman Website
The Paul Leslie Online

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tamela D'Amico is a Special Guest on The Paul Leslie Hour

It is our great pleasure to welcome singer, actress and filmmaker Tamela D'Amico for an interview. Tamela D'Amico has released an album on the LML Music Label, executive produced by actor/producer Peter Krause. The album was produced by Grammy award-winner Jimmy Hoyson.
Tamela D'Amico is a singer in the jazz genre. With her beautiful voice she interprets songs from the American songbook as well as songs written by artists like Barry Manilow, Harry Connick, Jr. and even the Beatles. Her voice is unique, at times sexy and sometimes cozy. We hope you enjoy the interview and her music!


The Paul Leslie Hour
Tamela D'Amico
LML Music

Monday, October 3, 2011

Listen to the Sean McDermott Special on The Paul Leslie Hour

Broadway actor and singer Sean McDermott is a special guest on The Paul Leslie Hour! Accomplished concert artist Sean McDermott joins us to discuss his fourth and latest album "You're Not Alone" on the LML Music label. Sean McDermott was one of four Broadway singers selected by Barbra Streisand to sing alongside her on her 2007 European tour. He has traveled all over the world performing with symphony orchestras. Sean McDermott has shared the stage with Bernadette Peters, the late Robert Goulet, Johnny Mathis, and Mandy Patinkin just to name a few. Sean McDermott is recognized as one of Broadway's leading performers having starred in Miss Saigon (opposite of Lea Salonga), Falsettos (opposite of Mandy Patinkin), Starlight Express (opposite of Jane Krakowski), and Grease (opposite of Lucy Lawless). He has also starred in major productions of Carousel, Chicago, Jekyll and Hyde, Show Boat and West Side Story.

Our special guest Sean McDermott has had the privilege of singing to the President of the United States at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on three separate occasions. He made his solo debut garnering glowing reviews at New York's prestigious Joe's Pub, at the Public Theater and he has performed at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. It is our pleasure to welcome him here on The Paul Leslie Hour.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

David Burnham is a Special Guest on The Paul Leslie Hour

David Burnham just returned from New York where he played Fiyero in the Broadway production of "Wicked" having created the role in the original Los Angeles workshop productions. David was a member of the original Broadway cast of the 6-time Tony Award winning musical "The Light In The Piazza", performing on both the "Tony Awards" and the PBS telecast "Live From Lincoln Center". David was the 2007 recipient of the prestigious "Helen Hayes Award" for best actor as well as the 2007 best actor "Garland Award" for his portrayal of Fabrizio Nacarelli in the national tour of "The Light In The Piazza".
In New York City he lent his talent to the Actor's Fund production of "On The 20th Century" at The New Amsterdam Theatre and performed his solo concert at the famed New York jazz club "Birdland" and the "Metropolitan Room".

David first gained critical acclaim when, after a two year search, he was chosen to replace Donny Osmond in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (Dramalogue Award) a role which he has subsequently played 4 more times in productions all over the country.

At Boston's North Shore Music Theatre he created the role of Tom in the new musical "Tom Jones" as well as the role of Billy (opposite Maureen McGovern) in the new musical "Letters from 'Nam", a role which he reprised at The Kennedy Center and Seattle's Village Theatre. In Chicago he originated the role of Charlie in the world premiere of "Peggy Sue Got Married", after touring the country as Peter in the national tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" (opposite Ted Neeley).

Other stage productions include the L.A. premiere of The Road Theatre production of "The Woman In Black" (the Actor) directed by Ken Sawyer, "Assassins" (John Hinckley) at Reprise - with members of the original Broadway cast, "Children of Eden" (Caine - Robby Award) at Musical Theatre West, "Godspell" (Jesus) at the St. Louis MUNY, and "Pirates of Penzance" (Fredrick) at The Sacramento Music Circus.

On film, David was the voice of the Prince in the Warner Bros. animated feature "The King & I", and can also be heard as "Willy" in Disney's "Home On The Range". Recordings include the soundtracks to "Ghepetto", "The King & I", and "Home on the Range". Also the recordings "Strouse, Schwartz, & Schwartz", "Lerner, Loewe, and Lane" and "Lee Lessack's - In Good Company".


For more information on David Burnham:
http://www.davidburnham.com
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Listen to the Paul "Wix" Wickens Special (Part 2 of 2) on The Paul Leslie Hour--Paul McCartney Band Series

This is the eighth episode in an 8-part in-depth series profiling the four fabulous musicians who make up the most famous backing band in music today--Paul McCartney's Band.

It is my extreme pleasure to welcome you to the eighth and final episode (or is it?) of our series profiling the musicians in Paul McCartney's band. We're welcoming back Paul "Wix" Wickens for part 2 of a very rare interview. Paul "Wix" Wickens has been Paul McCartney's keyboard player and musical director for many years. He joined Paul McCartney's band in 1989. He's appeared on most studio albums since then and all of the live Paul McCartney albums. Most recently, Paul "Wix" Wickens appeared on the live album "Good Evening New York City" from the Hear Music label. He also appeared on the studio album "Memory Almost Full." Paul "Wix" Wickens is more than just a keyboard player. He is also a composer and producer. Paul "Wix" Wickens also plays accordion, some guitar, some bass guitar, harmonica and lends his vocal talents. He has performed and recorded with many artists in addition to Paul McCartney: Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Nik Kershaw, Edie Brickell, Tim Finn, John Kilzer, David Gilmour, and Bill Payne...too many artists to list.

On this episode, it is my pleasure to bring you the conclusion...or what is possibly the conclusion of our in-depth look at the musicians in Paul McCartney's band.



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Listen to the Paul "Wix" Wickens Special (Part 1 of 2) on The Paul Leslie Hour--Paul McCartney Band Series

This is the seventh episode in an 8-part in-depth series profiling the four fabulous musicians who make up the most famous backing band in music today--Paul McCartney's Band.

This is the first episode of two parts featuring Paul "Wix" Wickens who joins us for a rare interview. "Wix" Wickens has worked with artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Tim Finn, David Gilmour and many others. Today, "Wix" Wickens is the keyboard player and musical director for Paul McCartney. He began touring with Paul McCartney in 1989. He appeared on the 1990 live album "Tripping the Live Fantastic." He followed this by appearing on the Paul McCartney album "Unplugged" and in 1993 he appeared on both the studio album "Off the Ground" and the live album "Paul is Live." With the current lineup of Paul McCartney's band: Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray, Abe Laboriel, Jr. he appeared on the albums "Back in the US," "Back in the World," and most recently the studio album "Memory Almost Full" and the latest live album "Good Evening New York City."



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Listen to the Abe Laboriel, Jr. Special (Part 2 of 2) on The Paul Leslie Hour--Paul McCartney Band Series

This is the sixth episode in an 8-part in-depth series profiling the four fabulous musicians who make up the most famous backing band in music today--Paul McCartney's Band.

We are welcoming back Abe Laboriel, Jr. for the second part in his profile. According to the official book Paul McCartney: On Stage, Off Stage and Back Stage, Abe Laboriel, Jr. got his first drum set at age four. Abe has been touring and recording with Paul McCartney for over 10 years now. Abe Laboriel, Jr. was mentored by percussionists like Jeff Porcaro and Alex Acuna who started the band Koinonia with Abraham Laboriel, Sr.-a legendary bassist and the father of our special guest. Abe Laboriel, Jr. has worked as both a session drummer and a performing drummer. He has recorded and performed with B. B. King, Eric Clapton, French artist Johnny Hallyday, Steve Winwood, Les Paul, and many others. His first live performance with Paul McCartney was at the concert for New York City in 2001. He has been playing drums on Paul McCartney's albums since then and has appeared on every McCartney tour.



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Listen to the Abe Laboriel, Jr. Special (Part 1 of 2) on The Paul Leslie Hour--Paul McCartney Band Series

This is the fifth episode in an 8-part in-depth series profiling the four fabulous musicians who make up the most famous backing band in music today--Paul McCartney's Band.

Our special guest is Abe Laboriel, Jr.; drummer for Paul McCartney. Abe Laboriel, Jr. is the son of the legendary bassist Abraham Laboriel, Sr. Abe Laboriel, Jr. toured with guitarist Steve Vai then he went on to tour with k. d. lang when recording artist Sting saw him perform and asked Laboriel to join his touring band. Abe Laboriel, Jr. has worked with the likes of Sheryl Crowe, Fiona Apple, Eric Clapton, Jewel, Vanessa Carlton, Steve Lukather, Chris Isaak, Johnny Hallyday, Natalie Cole, and many others. Over the past decade, Abe Laboriel, Jr. has been touring and recording with Paul McCartney starting with the 2001 McCartney album "Driving Rain," followed by "Back in the US," "Back in the World," "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard," "Memory Almost Full" and the most recent live Paul McCartney album "Good Evening New York City."



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Listen to the Brian Ray Special (Part 2 of 2) on The Paul Leslie Hour-- Paul McCartney Band Series

This is the fourth episode in an 8-part in-depth series profiling the four fabulous musicians who make up the most famous backing band in music today--Paul McCartney's Band.

On this episode we are welcoming back recording artist, singer-songwriter and recording artist Brian Ray. In addition to his solo guitar, he also plays lead and rhythm guitar and sometimes the bass for Paul McCartney. His association with Paul McCartney began with a performance with Paul McCartney at the half-time ceremonies at NFL Super Bowl XXXIX in 2002. He has appeared on the Paul McCartney studio albums "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" and "Memory Almost Full" as well as the live albums "Back in the US," "Back in the World" and the most recent album on the Hear Music label, "Good Evening New York City."

Brian Ray has worked with countless artists including the late folk and songwriting legend Steve Goodman, and many other greats like Etta James, Smokey Robinson, Rita Coolidge and French superstar Johnny Hallyday.

However, what makes Brian Ray so unique is his incredible songs. In 2006, he released his debut album "Mondo Magneto." The sophomore release, "This Way Up" was released in 2010. Brian Ray is going to talk about his illustrious musical career and also perform a live acoustic song from the new album.

Listen to the Brian Ray Special on The Paul Leslie Hour --Paul McCartney Band Series

This is the third episode in an 8-part in-depth series profiling the four fabulous musicians who make up the most famous backing band in music today--Paul McCartney's Band.

On this episode we are proud to welcome a guitarist, singer-songwriter and session musician from Southern California. Brian Ray may be most known for his work as the lead and rhythm guitarist and sometime bassist for Paul McCartney, but he has also released two solo albums. "Mondo Magneto" was released in 2006 and most recently in 2010, he has released his sophomore album "This Way Up." In addition to an interview, Brian Ray will be performing one of his songs on the acoustic guitar just for all of you listeners on The Paul Leslie Hour.

Listen now to the Rusty Anderson Special (Part 2 of 2)--The Paul McCartney Band Series

This is the second episode in an 8-part in-depth series profiling the four fabulous musicians who make up the most famous backing band in music today--Paul McCartney's Band. We will be spotlighting Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray, Abe Laboriel, Jr. and Paul "Wix" Wickens. Together they make up McCartney's Band.

Our special guest on this episode of The Paul Leslie Hour is Rusty Anderson. Rusty Anderson is a Rock 'n Roll guitarist, singer-songwriter and recording artist. Rusty Anderson is also known as Paul McCartney's lead guitarist and joins us for an exclusive interview to discuss his illustrious music career and his latest solo album "Born on Earth."

Listen now to the Rusty Anderson Special (Part 1 of 2) --The Paul McCartney Band Series

This is the first episode in an 8-part in-depth series profiling the four fabulous musicians who make up the most famous backing band in music today--Paul McCartney's Band. We will be spotlighting Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray, Abe Laboriel, Jr. and Paul "Wix" Wickens. Together they make up Paul McCartney's Band.

The special guest on this episode is Rusty Anderson. Rusty Anderson is most known as the lead guitarist with Paul McCartney, an association which began when Rusty Anderson contributed to the 2001 Paul McCartney album "Driving Rain." Rusty Anderson has since appeared on the Paul McCartney albums "Back in the US," "Back in the World," "Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard," "Memory Almost Full," and the latest release on the Hear Music label "Good Evening New York." Rusty Anderson has worked with an extensive list of artists from Cat Stevens, Meat Loaf, Neil Diamond, Elton John and Santana. He joins us for a two part interview where we'll be talking not only about his career with Paul McCartney, but also his solo career. Rusty Anderson has two solo albums full of songs. Rusty Anderson's songwriting is creative and exceptional full of thought-provoking lyrics and limitless styles. His debut record "Undressing Underwater" was released in 2003 receiving positive critical acclaim. His recent sophomore album "Born on Earth," features another selectin of songs that are distinctly Rusty Anderson.

Listen now to the interview and hear the magic of the music come alive.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Listen now to the Adrienne Anderson Special on The Paul Leslie Hour (Part 2 of 2)

Joining us for the second part of an in-depth interview is lyricist Adrienne Anderson. Adrienne Anderson has written songs that have been recorded and performed by a variety of artists including Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Peter Allen, the band Pablo Cruise, Melissa Manchester, Diane Schuur, and Donna Summer. Adrienne Anderson received Grammy nominations for her lyrics for Dionne Warwick’s hit Dèjá Vu as well as Peter Allen’s hit "I go To Rio," both of which would be covered by other artists. However, Adrienne Anderson is perhaps most known for the songs she co-wrote with Barry Manilow. Her songs have been appearing on Manilow's records since the very first album: Barry Manilow I in 1973 and have continued to the most recent album 15 Minutes. In fact, the very first release of Barry Manilow (under the name Featherbed) was of "Amy," a song Adrienne Anderson composed and wrote the lyrics for.

Adrienne Anderson is a true artist. She continues to write lyrics and on this interview she discusses some of her recent work writing the book and lyrics for theater, including "City Kid, the Musical." Listen to the music and the conclusion of our interview with this very talented lyricist!



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Friday, September 9, 2011

Listen now to the Adrienne Anderson Special on The Paul Leslie Hour (Part 1 of 2)

Adrienne Anderson is a lyricist and a very passionate, creative woman. Her songs have been recorded and performed by some of the greatest artists in music including Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, Peter Allen, Diane Schuur, Sheena Easton, the band Pablo Cruise and Melissa Manchester. However, Adrienne Anderson is known to many for the catalog of songs she wrote with singer, composer and performer Barry Manilow. As you will hear in this interview, her work with Barry Manilow goes back even before his debut album! Adrienne Anderson wrote the lyrics to two of Manilow's most beloved classic songs: "Could It Be Magic," and "Daybreak."

We invite you to listen in as we share the story and music written by a woman whose creativity and drive has never stopped!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Master Class with Marty Panzer (Writing Lyrics that Succeed and Endure)

Hello folks!

A lot of people wrote to me over the past couple of months expressing an interest in lyricists after our interviews with Enoch Anderson and Marty Panzer. A few wrote to say they were lyricists or interested in the art of lyric writing. As promised, we will be featuring more interviews with lyricists in the near future, but in the mean time I wanted to share with you some news regarding Marty Panzer.

I just heard from Marty Panzer that his lyric master class is coming to New York City. He has been doing the workshop for 17 years now at UCLA, but now those of us on the East Coast will have an opportunity to attend. I have included a link for more information: http://martypanzermasterclass.eventbrite.com/

The class sounds very fascinating to me. I imagine anyone who is fascinated by song lyrics or wants to learn how to be a better songwriter would not want to miss the class!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Listen now to the Lee Lessack Special on The Paul Leslie Hour!

The Paul Leslie Hour is proud to present a one-hour special with Lee Lessack. Our special guest is an MAC and Bistro award winning recording artist. Lee Lessack has released his seventh CD, "Chanteur" a celebration of the songs from the French Songbook. Lee Lessack sings the songs on "Chanteur" in both English and French, taking you the listeners from the streets of Paris to the Broadway stage. BILLBOARD magazine called "Chanteur" : "Cabaret Romanticism of a higher order." Lee Lessack hails from Philadelphia and attended the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts. In 1996, he founded the record label "LML Music," the home of many vocal recording artists and performers.

We hope you enjoy the interview and the beautiful music!



For more information on Lee Lessack:
http://www.leelessack.com
http://www.lmlmusic.com

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Listen NOW to the Lea Salonga Special on The Paul Leslie Hour

On this episode of The Paul Leslie Hour, we are welcoming Lea Salonga. Lea Salonga is a singer and actress from the Philippines. She is well known for her records as well as Broadway and concert performances. Lea Salonga is known for originating the lead role of Kim in the musical "Miss Saigon." She is a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theater World award winner. Lea Salonga also provided the singing voice of Jasmine in the Disney animated film "Aladdin" and Fa Mulan in "Mulan" and "Mulan II." On August 19, 2011, Lea Salonga was honored as a Disney Legend.
Lea Salonga made her professional debut at age 7 in the musical "The King and I" by Repertory Philippines. She became the lead star in "Annie" and was also featured in the production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Rose Tattoo," "The Sound of Music," "The Goodbye Girl," "Paper Moon," and "The Fantasticks."
She began her career in recording at age with the album "Small Voice." She followed that with the album "Lea," and many others followed.
As a young entertainer, Lea Salonga received a Filipino Academy of Movie Arts & Sciences Award as well as three wins from the Aliw Awards for Best Child Performer. Lea Salonga continues to record and perform in the United States and the Philippines. She records albums in both English and in Tagalog. She joins us to talk about her new Cabaret album recorded live at Cafe Carlyle in Manhattan. Lea Salonga's new album is entitled "They Journey So Far." It is our pleasure to welcome her on The Paul Leslie Hour. Enjoy!



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http://www.leasalonga.com http://www.lmlmusic.com
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Listen NOW to the Tom Wopat Special

Tom Wopat has recorded his latest album, "Consider it Swung," featuring standards and songwriter favorites ranging from "That's Life" to "Ode to Billy Joe" as well as an original song, all sung by Tom Wopat and performed by New York City's top jazz musicians.

Tom Wopat has performed in countless Broadway shows, on film and on television. He is known to many for his portrayal of Luke Duke from the 1979 television series, "The Dukes of Hazzard." Tom Wopat is a singer in several genres, from rock and country to jazz. Wopat says jazz is his true passion. He joins us for an interview and we take a look at his latest record "Consider it Swung."
For more information on Tom Wopat: http://www.tomwopat.com
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Listen NOW to the Oleg Frish Special on The Paul Leslie Hour!

Oleg Frish is a unique personality. He is a TV and Radio host, a singer, a journalist and a peppy, sunny, positive man. Oleg was born in the former Soviet Union and during his childhood fell in love with American music.

20 years ago he came to the United States to embark on a career in television and radio. He started his TV show "Time Out" on NTV, a leading Russian TV channel headquartered in the United States. Through the years he interviewed the likes of James Brown, B.B. King, Connie Francis, Engelbert Humperdinck, Paul Anka, Al Martino, John Kander, Petula Clark, Whoopie Goldberg and Gloria Gaynor.

Many of his program's guests noted his passion for singing and encouraged him to record an album. Backed by the Patrick Williams Big Band, his album BRING ME SUNSHINE is a collection of songs from the great American Songbook. Patrick Williams arranged and conducted both of Frank Sinatra's Duets albums. The album was recorded at the Capitol Studios in LA.

We invite you to listen to our interview with Oleg Frish, but most of all, the positive tunes and Oleg's pleasant voice.



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Listen NOW to the Marty Panzer Special (Part 3 of 3)

Our special guest Marty Panzer is a lyricist who has written songs loved by many for decades. Marty Panzer continues to to write songs for singers and many of his songs are being found in Disney animated movies, but the greatest testament to the strength of Marty Panzer's songs is the longevity of his work. Marty Panzer wrote the Barry Manilow classics "New York City Rhythm," "Even Now," "Beautiful Music," "It's a Miracle," "This One's For You," and "Even Now." He's written songs for other artists. He wrote "Through the Years" for Kenny Rogers, "The Last Time" for Julio Iglesias, "Where Did We Go Wrong?" for Frankie Valli, "Life is Good" for Diane Schuur, and many more. We have heard from listeners all over the world who have shared with us their opinions, thoughts and feelings on Marty Panzer's lyrics. In almost 8 years of radio interviews, I cannot recall ever having received such an emotional response from the listeners.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Listen NOW to the Marty Panzer Special (Part 2 of 3)

(Left to right: Bruce Sussman, Clive Davis, Marty Panzer, Adrienne Anderson, and Barry Manilow)

Marty Panzer is a celebrated lyricist who has written songs recorded by legends like Kenny Rogers, Diane Schuur, Dionne Warwick, Frankie Valli, and many others. His songs have been featured in Disney animated films. He is known in the world of Barry Manilow for writing some of Barry Manilow's most famous songs...songs like "It's a Miracle," "This One's for You," "Even Now," and the list goes on and on. Marty Panzer joins us for the second in a three-part in-depth interview on The Paul Leslie Hour. Listen now!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Listen NOW to the Marty Panzer Special (Part 1 of 3) on The Paul Leslie Hour

Marty Panzer is a great lyricist who has songs known all over the world. He began writing songs with his friend Barry Manilow when they started working in the CBS-TV mailroom. They wanted a career in music so they began writing commercial jingles. From there, you could say Marty Panzer's songs have more than taken off--he wrote songs for Barry Manilow like "It's a Miracle," "This One's for You," "All the Time," and "Even Now." Not only has Marty Panzer written songs for Barry Manilow, but he wrote the Kenny Rogers classic "Through the Years." His songs have been recorded by the likes of Dionne Warwick, Frankie Valli, Gladys Knight, Julio Iglesias, Dusty Springfield, and others. Marty Panzer has 35 gold and platinum records, four BMI million play awards, a 3 million play award, and record sales in excess of 70 million units.
"An Evening with Marty Panzer," featuring songs, stories and performances by many guest composers and artists (including Diane Schuur and a special guest performance by Barry Manilow), had it's world premier at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, benefitting the Academy For New Musical Theatre.
For 17 years Marty Panzer has taught a workshop on songwriting at UCLA. His songs are loved by many, and the host of this show is no exception. It is our pleasure to welcome a great and passionate lyricist, a man who says he is about "things that last." It is our pleasure to present part 1 of the Marty Panzer special on The Paul Leslie Hour.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Listen NOW to the Conal Fowkes Special on The Paul Leslie Hour

Conal Fowkes is the pianist and sometimes double bassist for The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band featuring Woody Allen. He is also a recording artist who released a solo album entitled "Dizzy Fingers." With Eddy Davis he is a member of the Eddie Davis & Conal Fowkes duo. Davis & Fowkes have released a new DVD: "Eddy Davis & Conal Fowkes Live in Concert," filmed in the Café Vienes at the Hotel Casa Fuster in Barcelona, Spain.

“Midnight in Paris,” the new Woody Allen film in theaters now features Conal Fowkes singing and playing Let’s Do It, You Do Something To Me and You’ve Got That Thing all by Cole Porter, also featured is Conal playing piano with the Yerason Trio.

Along with the songs from the new live DVD, we're going to share an interview with Conal Fowkes, a man who makes for a delightful interview!

Listen NOW to the Ray Hildebrand Special on The Paul Leslie Hour

We welcome Ray Hildebrand, known to many as "Paul" of Paul and Paula, a duo affectionately known as "The Sweethearts of the Sixties." Paul and Paula were a pop duo best known for the 1963 million-selling #1 hit record "Hey Paula," a romantic song that reached the top of the chart in the US, Europe and Japan. Worthy of note is that the duo Paul and Paula were #1 on the charts with "Hey Paula" on Valentine's Day, February 14. The song was one of Elvis Presley's favorites according to Priscilla Presley. Country singer Kenny Rogers named his twins "Paul" and "Paula" after the song and Karen Carpenter of the Carpenters credits the song as being inspiration and encouragement to get into the music business. "Hey Paula" has been featured in television shows like Cheers, Married...With Children, Dharma and Greg and That 70s Show as well as in movies like Hotel De Love, Family of Strangers and of course Animal House. Countless people have fallen in love and gotten married because of the song or have said they were named after the song or that they named their children for the song. Radio and television royalty statements indicate the song has been played somewhere in the world daily since 1963. Paul and Paula still perform once in a while for special events.

Today Ray Hildebrand is a contemporary Christian artist and continues to perform.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Justin Bieber article written by Ashton Pike, a young writer

WHO IS ASHTON? Ashton Pike is sixteen years old. She does not aspire to be a writer. She IS a writer. Her articles have been published and she wrote and sent this to me. She wants to write for magazines and possibly write a book someday. I believe she will.
I want to thank her for sending this to me. I am glad she was so inspired.


It’s More Than Just a Saying, It’s A Lifestyle
By Ashton Pike
June 15, 2011

Everyone knows the hair flip. Everyone knows that angelic voice as it sings the catchy words to “Baby.” No matter how much some people may deny it, everyone knows Justin Bieber. It’s the Bieber Fever, and it spreads. Fast. In just four short years, the small town Canadian hockey player went from below the poverty line to above and beyond everything he could’ve imagined. Now seventeen years old, Justin Drew Bieber released his first-ever documentary film of his long journey on February 11, 2011. Never Say Never being the title shows Justin’s true charisma for doing what he loves.
Being a true Belieber myself, I was in line the day it came out, dragging my friends along with me. It wasn’t easy trying to get in to see it. I figured if I went around five in the afternoon, the lines wouldn’t be as bad. Wrong. I got to the movie theater around four –thirty, and didn’t see the movie until seven o’clock later that night. Three times I went to buy tickets, and each time it was sold out. Most people would’ve gone home and come back later, but I was determined. I sat on the bench until the next show time, and raced to the ticket booth, and finally on the fourth try, I was holding the official ticket to Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D and my heart couldn’t have been beating faster. I was excited!
The opening was phenomenal and creative. It shows the one thing that helped Justin climb to the top of stardom: the internet. Justin was discovered on YouTube after him and his mother, Pattie, posted videos of him singing in a local singing contest, Stratford Idol, so his family who couldn’t attend the shows could watch his amazing performances. Scott “Scooter” Braun was one of the many who happened to stumble upon the videos of Justin performing to artists such as Alicia Keys and Chris Brown. Scooter happened to be looking for new talent under which he could manage, and when he found Justin, he looked no further. Scooter tried everything in his might to get a hold of Justin’s mother, but she was skeptical about the situation. Finally, when the two were able to talk, Justin was on an airplane, his first one ever, to a recording studio in Atlanta, Georgia.
The movie counts down the days until Justin is to perform at Madison Square Garden, which is a major step in any artist’s career. The auditorium sold out in 22 minutes. It holds 22,000 seats. That is 1,000 seats per minute. Absolutely amazing. Justin knows how much his fans do for him, and he is always finding ways to give back. He never forgets where he came from, and is constantly making sure he surrounds himself with people that keep him grounded. Justin connects with his fans mostly through Twitter. Me being a frequent follower in a totally non-creepy way, I’ve witnessed how he asks his fans what they think of things, and how he personally takes the time to follow them. Currently, he is following over 115,000 Beliebers and has over 10,400,000 Beliebers following him. Three years ago, barely anyone knew who he was, now over ten million people have been struck with Bieber Fever.
Never Say Never truly inspired me. After I left the theater, I felt like I could do anything. Some artist say things like “never give up on your dreams,” but they have no real proof of how doing that will get you somewhere. But Justin Bieber is living proof of how anything can happen. One day he’s sitting in his living room strumming to Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake, and the next Justin Timberlake and Usher are fighting over him. All because Scooter Braun happened to click on his YouTube link.
Ever since that movie, now whenever I compete in swim team or cheerleading, Never Say Never is blasting through my headphones. It gives you the message that you CAN do anything if you believe in what you do. Even though I am only a sixteen year old girl writing on her laptop and no professional critic, Never Say Never earns five stars in my book. Unlike any other movie I’ve seen, it SHOWS people what can happen when you believe in yourself and never say never.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Listen NOW to the Enoch Anderson Special on The Paul Leslie Hour

15 Minutes is the new album from the legendary Barry Manilow. Over the past 10 years, Barry Manilow has been wildly successful releasing collections of his renditions of popular songs, including The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. He's recorded songs that make the whole world sing, but his last album of original music was the 2001 release Here at the Mayflower. In 2011, Barry Manilow has shown he's willing to take a chance again. He's released his latest album 15 Minutes, on his own independent label, Stiletto Entertainment. 15 Minutes is a concept album about a 23 year old guitar player who gets caught up in the world of fame. Because it is about a guitarist, the album is more guitar and rock oriented than Manilow's normally piano-driven albums. The album title 15 Minutes is a reference to the 1968 Andy Warhol quote saying "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."

Barry Manilow co-wrote the songs on 15 Minutes with lyricist Enoch Anderson. Enoch Anderson, or Nick as Barry calls him, has been writing lyrics for Barry Manilow since almost the very beginning of Manilow's career as a recording artist. He wrote songs like "I Want to Be Somebody's Baby" and "Sandra" from the album Barry Manilow II, "Break Down the Door" from the album "If I Should Love Again," as well as four songs from the Here at the Mayflower, among others. We are very honored to welcome lyricist Enoch Anderson as our special guest. He joins us to share his story and to talk about the new Barry Manilow album 15 Minutes.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Listen NOW to the Diane Schuur Special

Jazz legend Diane Schuur has released her new album "The Gathering," on Vanguard Records. Although Diane Schuur is one of jazz's leading singers, "The Gathering" is a collection of country songs mostly written during the 1960s. Produced by Steve Buckingham, the album features Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Larry Carlton, Mark Knopfler, and Kirk Whalum. Diane Schuur or "Deedles" as she is called by fans and friends alike, has a career spanning almost 30 years. She's collaborated with the likes of jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Ray Charles, and bluesman B. B. King. She is a two time Grammy award-winner and it is our pleasure to welcome her on The Paul Leslie Hour.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Listen NOW to the Larry Carlton Special on The Paul Leslie Hour

It is a great honor we welcome a very special guest known for both his solo records and his guitar session work. Larry Carlton is one of the greatest guitarists alive. He is a 4-time Grammy winner and 19-time Grammy nominee. He is a recipient of the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named one of the 10 Greatest-Ever Session Guitarists by Gibson. Larry Carlton has been playing guitar since he was six years old. He began listening to to jazz music in Junior High School. In 1968, at 20 years old, Larry Carlton recorded his first album entitled "With a Little Help From My Friends." From 1971 to 1976 he played with jazz rock group The Crusaders. In 1973 he released his second solo project "Singing | Playing," featuring not only his guitar work, but also vocals. While still touring with the Crusaders, he contributed as a guitar session player to albums from Sammy Davis, Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Paul Anka, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Jerry Garcia just to name a few.

Over time, Larry Carlton appeared on o ver 3,000 studio sessions. His accomplishments are many. He has written and co-written theme songs for TV shows including the hit sitcom "Who's the Boss?" and the drama "Hill Street Blues." He has written and recorded a film score and has appeared on more than 100 Gold Albums. He was voted the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences "Most Valuable Player" 3 consecutive years. NARAS then named him Player Emeritus and he became retired from eligibility. Larry Carlton's mesmerizing guitar playing has appeared in 4 videos, 6 DVDs and 28 solo records.

It is our pleasure to welcome him on The Paul Leslie Hour for an interview. We also take a listen to his incredible recorded music.

Listen NOW to the Percy Sledge Special on The Paul Leslie Hour

It is our pleasure to present a special featuring music and an interview with Percy Sledge on The Paul Leslie Hour.

Percy Sledge is a true legend in Soul and R&B. His song "When a Man Loves a Woman" was a hit song in 1966 and has been receiving continuous radio airplay ever since. The song reached #1 in the US and went on to become an international hit. Percy Sledge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, the Delta Music Museum, the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame and he was an inaugural Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Honoree.

Rolling Stone magazine lists Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" 54th in their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Some of his other classic songs include "It Tears Me Up," "Take Time to Know Her," "Love Me Tender," and "Cover Me." At the age of 69, he continues to record and perform to this day.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dr. Douglas Young on CONVERSATIONS (With Paul Leslie)


Dr. Douglas Young
When? May 11, 2011
Where? His office at Gainesville State College campus

In an incredibly in-depth conversation, Dr. Young discusses his history, morality, and philosophies on life. I hope you will find it as inspiring as I did.

Davi Masi on Conversations (With Paul Leslie)



Davi Masi
WHEN? May 10th
WHERE? Midtown Atlanta, on the street

Davi Masi lives in Atlanta and works for the Q100 radio station. She is also the leader of Davina and the Harlots a burlesque troupe. Enjoy our conversation where she shares all.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Listen NOW to The Poet's Words: The Kodac Harrison Special on The Paul Leslie Hour (Part 4 of 4)

Kodac Harrison is a renowned singer-songwriter, recording artist, poet, spoken word artist, painter and acoustic guitarist. He has released many live and studio records. 2011 celebrates 30 years of his recorded works which began with the 1981 EP entitled simply "Kodac." His most recent studio album "Dreams and Nightmares" received positive critical acclaim. This was followed by his most recent live album "Reach for the Moon." Currently, Kodac Harrison is working on a retrospective book of his lyrics and poetry which is tentatively entitled The Tortoise and the Hare. In addition to his recordings, Kodac Harrison has toured the world including 7 tours of Europe. On this fourth part, Kodac Harrison shares his story with an in-depth interview, accompanying solo acoustic/vocal performances as well as spoken word poetry performance. This is the most in-depth look at Kodac Harrison yet.

Listen NOW to The Poet's Words: The Kodac Harrison Special on The Paul Leslie Hour (Part 3 of 4)

Kodac Harrison is originally from Jackson, Georgia. He has lived in New Orleans, Texas, California, New York City and West Virginia. All of those places have influenced his music, which he calls Beatnik Blues. He is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, poet and acoustic guitarist. Kodac Harrison has released 14 recordings and performs solo and with a band ranging from 3 to 10 pieces. His music has been featured in motion pictures and he has done voice over work for Turner South and Turner Classic Movies. Kodac Harrison has made 7 tours of Europe and has performed for President Jimmy Carter. Kodac Harrison joins us for an in-depth interview as well as music and spoken-word poetry performances. Along with the performance, we play key selections from his expansive discography to paint the picture of one of the most talented songwriters we've ever had the opportunity to profile.

Listen NOW to The Poet's Words: The Kodac Harrison Special on The Paul Leslie Hour (Part 2 of 4)



It is our pleasure to welcome back the revered singer-songwriter, recording artist, poet, spoken word artist and painter Kodac Harrison. Kodac joins us for the second part in a four-part in-depth interview with accompanying spoken word and musical performances. This is the most in-depth look at Kodac Harrison's music yet.

Listen NOW to The Poet's Words: The Kodac Harrison Special on The Paul Leslie Hour (Part 1 of 4)

Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, Poet, and Spoken Word Artist Kodac Harrison joins us for an in-depth interview, musical performances and spoken word pieces on The Paul Leslie Hour.

Kodac was named "Best Spoken Word Artist" (Critic's Choice in 2002 and Reader's Choice in 2003, 2004 & 2010) in Atlanta's Creative Loafing. was named Poet of the Year in Creative Loafing. In 2007 he embarked on his 7th tour of Europe.In Sept. 2007, Kodac Harrison released his 11th studio recording of original music and spoken word, In the fall of 2004, he performed at the Prague International Jazz festival. In 2004 Kodac was named Chairman of the community board of "Poetry Atlanta."

2011 celebrates 30 years of his recordings, which began with an independently released 4 song EP entitled (simply) "KODAC." In addition to his rich discography of live and studio recordings, there

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Shawn Williams on CONVERSATIONS (With Paul Leslie)



Shawn Williams
WHEN? April 28, 2011
WHERE? Shawn's shelter.

Shawn Williams lives in Georgia (for a little while longer) and is a radio personality. She is an up and coming actor having been featured in the music video format. She is the founder and guitarist of The Pelvis Breastlies, the world's foremost all female Elvis Presley Tribute Band.

In this conversation, Shawn shared the story of her unique and adventurous life. They sipped coffee while birds chirped and the sun shined. All was right with the world. Enjoy!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Listen now to the Johnny Farina Special (Part 2)



Santo and Johnny were the duo of brothers who brought the #1 instrumental song "Sleepwalk" to the world. Johnny Farina continues to keep the flame of Santo and Johnny burning by performing and recording.
"Sleep Walk" was recorded at Trinity Music in Manhattan. "Sleep Walk" entered Billboard's Top 40 on August 17, 1959. It rose to the number-one position for two weeks in September (the 21st and the 28th) and remained in the Top 40 until November 9. "Sleep Walk" also reached number four on the R&B chart.[3] It was the last instrumental to hit number one in the 1950s and earned Santo & Johnny a gold record.
The song has been featured in countless motion pictures, television commercials and on the radio. It is playing continuously somewhere on the planet with MILLIONS of spins. It is our great pleasure to welcome back Santo and Johnny's Johnny Farina!