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Join Sandy Kaye, host of the intimate and award-winning, music interview podcast that celebrates the timeless songs we grew up with and the legendary artists behind them. In these fireside chats, we delve into the musical and personal lives of the greatest hitmakers of the '60s, '70s, and '80s, uncovering the stories and inspirations that shaped their unforgettable tunes. Relive the soundtrack of your youth as we explore pop culture, recall cherished memories, and immerse ourselves in THEIR LIVES, THEIR STORIES, and THEIR MUSIC. Hear from the most iconic musicians that defined generations.

A Breath of Fresh Air - warm, classic, rock interviews with musical legends from the 60s, 70s, 80s Sandy Kaye

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    • 4.3 • 11 Ratings

Join Sandy Kaye, host of the intimate and award-winning, music interview podcast that celebrates the timeless songs we grew up with and the legendary artists behind them. In these fireside chats, we delve into the musical and personal lives of the greatest hitmakers of the '60s, '70s, and '80s, uncovering the stories and inspirations that shaped their unforgettable tunes. Relive the soundtrack of your youth as we explore pop culture, recall cherished memories, and immerse ourselves in THEIR LIVES, THEIR STORIES, and THEIR MUSIC. Hear from the most iconic musicians that defined generations.

    John Farrar (and Olivia Newton-John): Hopelessly Devoted to Hits

    John Farrar (and Olivia Newton-John): Hopelessly Devoted to Hits

    Wondering who wrote 'Hopelessly Devoted,' "You're the One that I Want" or "Magic" for Olivia Newton- John? Tune in to find out ...

    John Farrar is an iconic Australian producer, songwriter, and musician whose influential career has left an indelible mark on the music industry. Renowned for his pivotal role in shaping the careers of many artists, John is perhaps best known for his exceptional work with Olivia Newton-John.

    His talent for crafting hit songs is evident in his contributions to the "Grease" soundtrack, where he wrote and produced timeless classics like "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "You're the One That I Want." These songs not only topped charts worldwide but also became cultural milestones, defining an era and cementing John's status as a musical genius.

    John Farrar's journey in the music industry began as a member of the Shadows (Cliff Richard), a leading British instrumental rock band. His skills as a guitarist and vocalist were showcased during his time with the group, contributing to their success and popularity. Transitioning from performer to behind-the-scenes maestro, John's move to songwriting and production marked a significant turning point in his career.

    His collaboration with Olivia Newton-John began in the early 1970s and quickly blossomed into a highly successful partnership. John's production and songwriting prowess were key in shaping Olivia's sound and career. He produced many of her albums, including "If You Love Me, Let Me Know," "Have You Never Been Mellow," and "Totally Hot," each featuring hits that dominated the charts.

    His songwriting brilliance shone through in tracks like "Magic" from the "Xanadu" soundtrack, which became another number-one hit.

    Beyond his work with Olivia, John's influence permeates the music industry. He has produced and written songs for many notable artists and his contributions have been recognised with numerous awards and accolades.

    His work has been celebrated in various film and television projects, and despite the changing landscapes of the music industry, John's legacy continues to inspire new generations of musicians and producers.

    With a career spanning several decades, John Farrar remains a vital and influential figure, whose music continues to resonate with audiences worldwide. His partnership with Olivia Newton-John stands as a testament to his ability to create timeless music that transcends generations, ensuring his place in the pantheon of music legends.

    Join us this week as John Farrar shares his incredible story which stretches from Melbourne, Australia to London, England and then onto Hollywood.

    I hope you enjoy this episode. If you have any feedback, comments or requests for future guests, please reach out to me through my website https://www.abreathoffreshair.com.au

    • 52 min
    TOMMY JAMES (and the Shondells) : Chart-Topping Secrets

    TOMMY JAMES (and the Shondells) : Chart-Topping Secrets

    Want to know what '60s megastar Tommy James is doing today? Can you name Tommy James and the Shondells biggest hit? Would you like to know Tommy's life story?

    Tune in here because few stars had a better run on the pop charts in the '60s than Tommy James. As the leader of his group the Shondells, Tommy had a way with upbeat pop tunes that packied a solid rock & roll punch.

    The creator of songs like "Hanky Panky," "I Think We're Alone Now," "It's Only Love," and "Mony Mony" - the soundtrack to a generation.

    As the decade changed so did Tommy writing and recording hits like "Crimson and Clover" and "Crystal Blue Persuasion."

    As a solo artist in the early '70s, Tommy adopted a more mature and soulful (but still radio-friendly) style with "Draggin' the Line" and "I'm Comin' Home." and he's still doing it today - embracing contemporary pop styles, with electronic instruments and elements of dance-pop and hip-hop.

    Tommy's journey began in Niles, Michigan, where he formed his first band, The Echoes, at the age of 12. His early passion for music set the stage for his future success. The Shondells, initially formed as The Tornadoes, evolved with his vision, and their innovative fusion of rock, pop, and psychedelia set them apart.

    Following the success of "Hanky Panky," Tommy James and the Shondells produced a series of chart-toppers. Then, as a solo artist he did it again.

    Tommy's autobiography, "Me, the Mob, and the Music," revealed his tumultuous relationship with Morris Levy of Roulette Records, adding depth to his legacy and offering a glimpse into the darker side of the music industry.

    Tommy James was a pioneer in studio experimentation, using cutting-edge effects to create unique sounds that influenced future generations of musicians. His music captured the spirit of the '60s.

    With over 100 million records sold worldwide, Tommy James' enduring legacy is a testament to his impact on rock and pop music history. His ongoing contributions to music and his influence on artists like Billy Idol, who famously covered "Mony Mony," underscore his lasting impact. From his early days in Michigan to his rise as a music icon, Tommy James' story is one of resilience, creativity, and enduring appeal.

    I know you're going to love hearing Tommy tell his story. To learn more about him head for his website https://www.tommyjames.com/

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    NODDY HOLDER - the Voice of Slademania - A Wild Rock n Roll journey

    NODDY HOLDER - the Voice of Slademania - A Wild Rock n Roll journey

    Ever wondered what Slade's Noddy Holder is doing now?

    Curious as to whether he still sings? Or how he survived a terminall cancer diagnosis? Tune in to find out.

    Neville ‘Noddy’ Holder is one of the great institutions of British rock. As the garishly trousered, top-hatted frontman of West Midlands glam yobs Slade, he helped soundtrack the early 70s with a string of Top 10 hits that peaked with the immortal festive anthem Merry Xmas Everybody. Since leaving the band in the early 90s, Noddy branched out into acting, most notably in sitcom The Grimleys, and writing (his 1999 autobiography Who’s Crazee Now? was followed by 2014’s The World According To Noddy). He is also the voice for the elevator announcements at his local Walsall art gallery.

    Born in 1946 in the Midlands, Noddy formed his first band, The Rockin’ Phantoms, at the age of 13 and left school after O levels to take a job in a car parts firm while pursuing a music career. The band became The Memphis Cut-Outs and they became popular enough on the local scene for Noddy to quit the day job. He went on to join The Mavericks, who were signed to a record label in 1965, and his stablemates were The N’ Betweens, a band that included future Slade members guitarist Dave Hill and drummer Don Powell. The two bands shared bills and bonded, laying the foundations for Noddy's next move.

    In 1966, Dave and Don convinced Noddy to join their new group, along with multi-instrumentalist Jim Lea. They called the band Ambrose Slade. After their debut album flopped, they changed their name to Slade and adopted a skinhead image for the following year’s Play It Loud. When that failed to catch the public’s imagination, the band turned to glam rock and swiftly became one of Britain’s biggest bands, with Slayed? (1972) reaching No 1 after their breakthrough single Get Down And Get With It.

    The next few years saw Slademania take Britain by storm with a run of classic, hit singles (mostly chart-toppers) that gave English teachers the nation over sleepless nights including Coz I Luv You, Take Me Bak ’Ome, Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Gudbuy T’Jane, Cum On Feel The Noize, Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me and Merry Xmas Everybody.

    Noddy Holder left Slade in 1992 but remained a familiar figure on BritishTV screens, most notably as a team captain on BBC1’s music series A Question Of Pop and playing the music teacher Neville Holder in the ITV comedy drama The Grimleys. In 2000, Noddy was awarded the MBE for his services to showbusiness.

    Late in 2023, Noddy revealed that he’d been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer five years earlier and had been given six months to live. Thanks to some experimental chemotherapy treatment, Noddy has survived and is back on the stage doing what he loves to do best.

    Noddy Holder joins us this week to walk us through his illustrious career and talks warts and all.

    For more information about Noddy http://www.noddyholder.com/



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    • 52 min
    PAUL CARRACK - 'The Man with the Golden Voice.' From Ace, Squeeze and Mike + the Mechanics to Solo Sounds

    PAUL CARRACK - 'The Man with the Golden Voice.' From Ace, Squeeze and Mike + the Mechanics to Solo Sounds

    Want to know what happened to Paul Carrack?

    Why he left Mike and the Mechanics?

    Which song he wrote for the Eagles and what he's doing now?

    Well, tune in and find out!

    English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Paul Carrack has been a member of several bands including Ace, Squeeze, Mike + The Mechanics, and Roxy Music. He's been a session and touring musician for several others including Nick Lowe, the Frankie Miller Band, The Undertones, The Smiths, John Hiatt, The Pretenders and has enjoyed success as a solo artist as well.

    Born in Sheffield, Paul began with semi-pro bands playing pubs and clubs locally. At age 17 he played in European discos and at army bases. He joined the band Warm Dust in 1970.In 1972, Paul formed Ace who enjoyed success with 3 albums, a worldwide hit "How Long" (which Paul wrote), and a US tour with the group Yes. In 1977 he joined the Frankie Miller Band for 2 albums before joining Roxy Music in 1978. Paul toured the U.K. and Europe and played on their albums Manifesto & Flesh And Blood.In 1985, Carrack joined Mike Rutherford's group Mike + The Mechanics, who enjoyed international fame with "Silent Running" on which Paul sang lead vocal, and they toured until 1986.Mike & The Mechanics resumed in late 1988, recorded their second album, The Living Years, and had a world wide hit (and U.S. number 1) with the title track being sung by Carrack. When The Mechanics resumed other interests, Carrack began recording his fourth album Groove Approved released in late 1989.During a 1994 tour of the UK, US and Japan, he aided Mike & The Mechanics in the recording of their 4th album Beggar On A Beach Of Gold (1995) which included two Carrack songs, one of which, "Over My Shoulder" achieved popularity in the UK and Europe.In January 1996, Paul Carrack found European success with 'How Long' and 'Eyes of Blue' from Blue Views. By the end of 1996 he was opening for Sting's UK tour, and sang a duet with Sting.Paul maintains an active solo career to the present day. He still sings some of his affiliated bands' best-known hits, including Ace's "How Long"; Squeeze's "Tempted"; and Mike + The Mechanics' "Silent Running" ,"The Living Years" and "Over My Shoulder".

    He has also performed lead vocals on tracks from the Roger Waters albums Radio K.A.O.S. and The Wall – Live in Berlin, and achieved a major solo hit with "Don't Shed a Tear".

    Paul's songs have been recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Eagles, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald and Jools Holland, and he has recently served as a session and/or touring musician for Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, B.B. King, and Madness.

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    ROXY MUSIC's Phil Manzanera OBE - Guitar Legend and Producer Extraordinaire

    ROXY MUSIC's Phil Manzanera OBE - Guitar Legend and Producer Extraordinaire

    Phil Manzanera is one of the UK’s best-known musicians and record producers, having shot to prominence in the early ‘70’s as the lead guitarist with the seminal band, Roxy Music. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading guitarists and remains in huge demand. 

    Roxy Music were inducted into  the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 and recently Phil was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to music.

    He was born to a British father and Colombian mother and has collaborated with musicians from South and Latin America, South Africa, Cuba and continental Europe.

    His recent album releases  include The Liberation Project: Songs That Made us Free,  Corroncho 2 and Live in Japan as well as The Ghost from Santiago that he did with Split Enz's Tim Finn.

    In recent years Phil has co-produced Pink Floyd’s ‘The Endless River’. He released, ‘The Sound of Blue’, his own autobiographical album, co-produced David Gilmour’s new album, ‘Rattle That Lock’, toured with Gilmour in the UK, Europe and South America.   In 2015 he was Maestro Concertatore at Italy’s largest free festival. He also took part in ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ a tribute concert to his friend, Jack Bruce.

    Phil’s musical influence stretches far and wide, but even he was taken by surprise when his guitar riff from 1978’s K-Scope was sampled by Jay Z and Kanye West and became the Grammy winning smash hit ‘No Church in the Wild’ the first track on their multi-million selling album, ‘Watch The Throne’.

    At 73, Phil is now in his fourth decade as a professional musician.  He joined Roxy Music in 1972, aged 21,  as lead guitarist. Roxy’s rise was meteoric, with the band being hailed as the stylistic influence of the early 1970’s. During the next 12 years, until 1983 when the band members went on a ‘long break’, Roxy Music released a series of international best selling albums, achieving ten UK top ten albums and touring extensively throughout the world. The 18 year hiatus ended in 2001 with a critically acclaimed, sellout 52-date world tour featuring Bryan Ferry, Andy MacKay and Paul Thompson. The world rediscovered Roxy Music.

    In the summer of 2003 Roxy again played in the US and Europe. 2010 saw Roxy Music thrilling fans at Festivals in the UK, Europe and Japan, which was followed by a Winter UK tour, and dates in Australia and New Zealand. 

    As a writer, producer and solo artist, Phil Manzanera has worked with many of the luminaries of modern music, such as Steve Winwood, David Gilmour, John Cale, Godley and Creme, Nico (Velvet Underground) and John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia). He has co-written material with many artists, including Brian Eno, Tim Finn and David Gilmour.

    Phil co-wrote Pink Floyd’s single ‘One Slip’from their 1988 ‘Momentary Lapse of Reason’ album.

    He has recently been awarded an OBE.

    Phil joins us this week to share his amazing story.

    For more information about Phil and his music head to his website: https://manzanera.com/new/

    If you have a request for a '60s '70s or '80s musician contact me through my website https://www.abreathoffreshair.com.au

    • 52 min
    BRUCE SUDANO: Making Music with DONNA SUMMER and So Much More

    BRUCE SUDANO: Making Music with DONNA SUMMER and So Much More

    Do you know the name Bruce Sudano? Perhaps you've heard of him as the late DONNA SUMMER's husband and collaborator? They sure made beautiful music together.

    Bruce is a celebrated musician, songwriter, and producer renowned for his extensive contributions to the music industry. With a career spanning several decades, he has written chart-topping hits for legendary artists like Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, and Dolly Parton. He co-founded the bands Alive N Kickin' and Brooklyn Dreams, both achieving significant success with their unique sounds.

    Sudano's songwriting prowess is evident in timeless classics like "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff," co-written with his late wife, Donna Summer. His partnership with Summer was not only professional but deeply personal. The duo's creative synergy produced some of the most iconic tracks of the disco era, and their relationship blossomed into a lifelong romance. They married in 1980 and had two daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda, both of whom have followed in their parents' musical footsteps.

    Beyond his collaborative triumphs, Sudano has also pursued a successful solo career, releasing critically acclaimed albums that showcase his rich storytelling and musical versatility. His solo work, such as "With Angels on a Carousel" and "21st Century World," highlights his ability to blend genres, creating a signature sound that resonates with diverse audiences.

    Bruce's influence extends beyond performance, as he continues to mentor emerging artists and contribute to various musical projects. His dedication to nurturing new talent is a testament to his passion for the art of music.

    In addition to his musical achievements, Bruce Sudano is known for his profound lyrics and ability to blend genres. His enduring legacy in the music world is marked by innovation, passion, and an unwavering dedication to his craft. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, Sudano's impact on the industry remains indelible, solidifying his place as a true icon in the world of music.

    Sudano's partnership with Donna Summer was a defining aspect of his career. Together, they created an impressive body of work that continues to influence and inspire musicians worldwide. Their collaboration extended beyond the studio, with Sudano playing a crucial role in Summer's rise to fame as the "Queen of Disco." His contributions to her albums, including "I Remember Yesterday" and "Once Upon a Time," were instrumental in shaping the sound that defined a generation.

    Bruce Sudano's story is one of artistic evolution, enduring love, and a profound impact on the world of music. Today he has a brand new solo album out "Talkin Ugly Truth Tellin Pretty Lies" and you are not going to want to miss hearing some of the tracks.

    He is the Maestro behind many hits and he joins us this week to share the story of his musical (and personal) journey so far.

    To learn more about Bruce Sudano, head to his website https://www.brucesudano.com/ Once you get into this man and his music, I promise you'll never forget either.

    Let me know what you think? Send me a message through my website https:www.abreathoffreshair.com.au

    Enjoy!

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

MarkinIllinois ,

Excellent interview!

I listened to Sandy interviewing Noddy Holder. It was a relaxed, informative conversation, thank-you. I was just 12 when I first heard Slade, it was 1972, yes, I'm an old git😂, so it was great to hear Nod reminisce about the old days, and catch up with what he's up to now. I wish him good health and many more happy years, we love you Nod. On a side-note, my younger brother (Malcolm Wyatt) wrote 'Wild, Wild, Wild!' The book that Nod gave a great review of in this episode. I took Malc to his first Slade gig, at Hammersmith Odeon at Christmastime, 1982, what a crazee nite that was😀, he was only 15 at the time. I was 22 and had promised my mum I'd look after him, keep him out of trouble. He had several pints that night, the tube train journey back to Waterloo was interesting 😂🍻😂 Thanks again, Sandy, great interview, I will tune in again!

Deirdre Tshien ,

One to add to your list!

This podcast tenderly reconnects listeners with the iconic tunes and musicians of the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Through intimate conversations, it peels back the curtain on the lives and stories of these musical maestros, letting the melodies of the past breathe once more in the hearts of the audience​. Great show! Deirdre

NotBAMF ,

Wonderful music show

Fantastic production value, and Sandy is a delightful host with a soothing voice and a breadth of knowledge on music. If you enjoy modern music history with great interviews and in depth discussion, this is for you!

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