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.