14 episodes

Song Surgery is where we dissect hit songs and hit records with the songwriters who composed them, and the singers and musicians who performed on them. (Be sure to subscribe and leave a rating!)

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Song Surgery is where we dissect hit songs and hit records with the songwriters who composed them, and the singers and musicians who performed on them. (Be sure to subscribe and leave a rating!)

    "Dance Across the Floor" ~ Jimmy "Bo" Horne

    "Dance Across the Floor" ~ Jimmy "Bo" Horne

    Jimmy "Bo" Horne experienced a decade of regional success in southern Florida as a recording artist - that is, until labelmate Harry Wayne Casey (KC & the Sunshine Band) called him about a song written specifically for his voice. The result was his second hit penned by Casey, his first Top 40 hit and the beginnings of long-term international popularity.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    BONUS: "Forever Autumn" ~ Lake of Tears

    BONUS: "Forever Autumn" ~ Lake of Tears

    Swedish heavy metal band Lake of Tears put its footprint in the doom/death metal genre during the '90s.  Their sound expanded and changed as the band grew older and more musically mature, incorporating more instruments as they "further explored  the musical cosmos," according to founding member Daniel Brennare. But it was their ballad, "Forever Autumn," with a title "borrowed" from a Justin Hayward tune, where the group found international success.

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    • 29 min
    "Rock Your Baby" ~ George McCrae

    "Rock Your Baby" ~ George McCrae

    George McCrae was part of a duo with his wife Gwen. But it wasn't until the record label split them into two separate acts that he (and later Gwen too!) struck gold with a worldwide smash that is one of the best-selling singles ever. 
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    • 49 min
    "Clean Up Woman" ~ Betty Wright / Willie Clarke - 2

    "Clean Up Woman" ~ Betty Wright / Willie Clarke - 2

    Teenager Betty Wright had lied about her age (Pt. 1) when she was discovered while singing in a record store. But Deep City Records label owner and songwriter Willie J. Clarke worked with her over the years, eventually yielding a smash best-selling record that sold over two million copies.
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    • 46 min
    Betty Wright & Deep City Records ~ Willie Clarke - 1

    Betty Wright & Deep City Records ~ Willie Clarke - 1

    FAMU classmates  Willie J. Clarke and Johnny Pearsall established  Deep City Records, creating the original Miami Sound.  When they discovered teenager Betty Wright ("Clean Up Woman"), they knew they had found a voice who could be matched with the funkier compositions of songwriters Clarke and Clarence Reid. Clarke recounts the history and rise of Deep City Records.
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    • 46 min
    "Spinning Wheel" ~ Blood, Sweat & Tears - 2

    "Spinning Wheel" ~ Blood, Sweat & Tears - 2

    Sax player Fred Lipsius talks about arranging the horn section on Blood, Sweat & Tears' second hit record, and his life as a rock star.
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Starman 83 ,

Thoughtful, knowledgeable analysis

Loved how knowledgeable interviewer was, able to discuss inspiration and songwriting process, and also key changes, form, textures, and other esoteric musical elements. I came away knowing the song much better and appreciating the writers and band even more!

7venone7ven ,

Liner note readers rejoice!

This podcast is a dream come true for anyone like myself who like to do deep dives into a record/cd liner notes to suss out the magic behind the music. The interviews in the series are wonderful deep dives into the mindset of Creatives who’s work has withstood the test of time.

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