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    • Cause & Effect: Motley Crue

    • By: Chris Akin
    • Narrated by: Chris Akin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
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    Chris Akin, rock critic and cohost of the often controversial Classic Metal Show, takes listeners on an exploration of Motley Crue's 1994 self-titled album. Armed with new vocalist John Corabi, it was a sound that, from start to finish, sounded nothing at all like anything they had done previously.

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    • this album changed my life

    • By DARTH HAIR on 06-11-18

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    • Las Vegas Connection: Don Rickles

    • By: Bart Torres
    • Narrated by: Bart Torres
    • Length: 13 mins
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    Don Rickles, a true comedy legend, talked to Bart Torres in 2012 about his hilarious adventures with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan and his time on the Vegas Strip. Rickles also touched on his long marriage, stand-up comedy, his start as an insurance salesman, and how he wrote his own tweets. 

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    • Interview with Mr Personality and Warmth himself

    • By ZRockR ChicK on 05-04-18

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    • The British Invasion, Volume 1

    • By: Gary Theroux
    • Narrated by: Gary Theroux
    • Length: 28 mins
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    In this first edition of The History of Rock 'n' Roll, host Gary Theroux gives listeners the sounds of the earliest days of the British Invasion. You'll hear from members of The Hollies, The Moody Blues, The Searchers, Chad & Jeremy, Peter & Gordon and singer Billy J. Kramer. Theroux takes listeners on a journey as these key players in the British Invasion share stories of their early careers, inspiration behind their songs and discuss what it was like in those early days of breaking out in the United States.

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    • Percy Faith

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 34 mins
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    Though his work was often classified as just "arrangements", Percy Faith's work went well beyond that and could be more accurately described as "recompositions". He got his start as a child studying piano and eventually made his mark as an instrumental stylist, importing elements of jazz and rock into mood music. In a conversation with host Wink Martindale, Faith discusses the work it takes to find and keep fans, his lengthy music career, and his focus on creating music that makes him happy versus music that might sell well.

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    • Nat "King" Cole

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 45 mins
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    Nat King Cole's musical journey began as a teenager receiving classical piano training, which he later abandoned to pursue jazz with the Nat King Cole Trio. His career continued to evolve as he found success as a singer with hits including "Nature Boy", "Mona Lisa", and "Too Young". Narrator Wink Martindale takes listeners on a captivating journey with producers, songwriters, and other colleagues, sharing stories of Cole's exceptional career. His wife Maria Cole provides an intimate look at the legendary musician.

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    • John Denver

    • A Lifetime of Songs
    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 36 mins
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    John Denver dominated the 1970s with sold-out concerts and chart-topping music. Wink Martindale spoke with Denver in Los Angeles in 1975 in the midst of this success. Denver recounts the road that began with him dropping out of college and moving to Los Angeles to find work as a singer. Denver passionately describes his attachment to music beyond entertainment, and his desire to connect with audiences on a personal level.

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    • Rosemary Clooney

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 39 mins
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    Rosemary Clooney grew up singing with her sister at family gatherings, and in her senior year of high school they were hired to sing at the local radio station. She soared to fame in the 1950s with the novelty song "Come On-a My House" and continued to release a number of other pop and jazz hits. In 1973 Clooney sat down with Wink Martindale to provide an intimate look at her early personal life and legendary musical career.

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    • Roberta Flack

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 29 mins
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    Roberta Flack gained national recognition with her song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". The singer, songwriter, and musician performed a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, soul, pop and R&B. She was the first to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in two consecutive years. Wink Martindale speaks with Flack and provides a comprehensive overview of Flack's numerous accomplishments and successful career.

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    • Glen Campbell

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 36 mins
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    Glen Campbell's career extended throughout song and screen as he worked in television, in film, and as a songwriter and performer. He achieved moderate success early on as a country artist and made history in 1967, winning four Grammys in both the pop and country categories.

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    • Ray Conniff

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 39 mins
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    Ray Conniff got his start arranging and conducting for other recording artists. His success working for others eventually led to Columbia allowing him to record an album under his own name, which was released to great success and acclaim. Conniff was the first artist to use voices and vocal arrangements as part of the instrumentation. In a conversation with host Wink Martindale, Conniff discusses his unique sound, evolving his style, and his passion for creating music.

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    • Las Vegas Connection: Wanda Sykes

    • By: Bart Torres
    • Narrated by: Bart Torres
    • Length: 12 mins
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    In 2015, Bart Torres spent time with comedian, actress, and writer Wanda Sykes leading up to her show at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. Wanda talked about the fated Curb Your Enthusiasm revival, her past career in the NSA, and what activities she was planning for her time on the Vegas Strip. 

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    • Tony Bennett

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 28 mins
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    Tony Bennett took his place at the forefront of pop music when he recorded "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in 1962. Despite being trained in art, Bennett made the decision to pursue a career in music that included a stint as a singing waiter. Bennett spoke with Wink Martindale in August of 1972 about his accomplished career that included numerous awards, honors, and hit singles. He discussed his numerous hit songs throughout the 1950s and beyond.

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    • Elvis Presley #01

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 31 mins
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    We begin our exploration of the career of Elvis Presley, which found him recording for the now world-famous Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips in 1954. Only a few short years later, he would shift to RCA Records, releasing his first single for the label, "Heartbreak Hotel", in January of 1956. As host Wink Martindale recalls, "Presleymania" was in full swing by 1957. Longtime Presley associates Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, Ray Walker, and Gordon Stoker are just a few of the names who join Wink to share their memories of those early days of Presley's career.

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    • Elvis Presley #02

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 27 mins
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    We continue our exploration of the career of Elvis Presley with the second installment of this three part series. Presley would face both happy times and challenging moments as his popularity continued to grow. He went Hollywood and added "movie star" to his resume, but he also got drafted in 1958, and that same year faced the death of his beloved mother.

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    • Elvis Presley #03

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 28 mins
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    Our third and final installment of a three-part exploration of the career of Elvis Presley takes a look at the final years for the legendary singer who we first became aware of in 1954 when he released his first single "That's Alright Mama" on Sun Records. That first single marked the beginning of an astonishing career during which he rose to become the most famous rock and roll star in the world.

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    • The Beach Boys

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 29 mins
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    The Beach Boys started in the Wilsons' garage with members Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson; their cousin Mike Love; and friend Al Jardine. Their first hit was in 1962 and was considered a "surf" song that had distinct vocal harmonies. History will show the progression of the Beach Boys songs that permeated the culture of the day. The harmonies, melodies, and arrangements provided a new soundtrack in the culture of the '60s, '70s, '80s and into the new millennium.

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    • Harry Belafonte

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 33 mins
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    Harry Belafonte didn't start out with a dream of being a singer. He wanted to be an actor and studied theater for five years in New York. Unable to find work as an actor, he had to choose between abandoning dreams of being a performer entirely and finding a new area of entertainment to pursue. Opportunity struck when he was offered a chance to be an intermission singer at a local jazz club, and his singing talent began to catch on.

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    • The Four Freshmen

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 29 mins
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    "It's a Blue World" brought The Four Freshmen onto the charts and into the spotlight in 1952. In the years that followed, the band went through numerous lineup changes but never lost the sound that made them famous. Wink Martindale spoke with original members Bob Flanigan and Ross Barbour in 1973 about their career and the lasting influence they had on musical acts that followed.

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    • Rodgers and Hammerstein, Part 1

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 30 mins
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    Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II joined forces to create the most consistently successful partnership in the American theater. Included among the seemingly endless list of their work are legendary works such as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King & I, The Sound of Music, and many more.

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    • Brenda Lee

    • By: Wink Martindale
    • Narrated by: Wink Martindale
    • Length: 27 mins
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    Brenda Lee's astoundingly successful career began at the early age of three, when she won a singing contest. At the age of 15, her career was well underway, drawing comparisons to the legendary Judy Garland and accumulating fans all over the world. She is perhaps best known for her 1960s single, "I'm Sorry", which she recorded at the age of just 14. Lee sat down with host Wink Martindale to discuss her captivating musical career. She speaks about her roots in gospel music, her many hit singles, and her deep love of music.

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