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Join record producer / manager / legendary guitarist & founding member of Twisted Sister JAY JAY FRENCH as he shares stories from five decades in the industry and takes you on a rock star tour through the music business and beyond!

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    • 4.2 • 77 Ratings

Join record producer / manager / legendary guitarist & founding member of Twisted Sister JAY JAY FRENCH as he shares stories from five decades in the industry and takes you on a rock star tour through the music business and beyond!

    Tommy Emmanuel

    Tommy Emmanuel

    This week's special guest is true guitar virtuoso & grammy award winner, Tommy Emmanuel! The real-time exuberance Tommy Emmanuel brings to every note of every song he plays is palpable and infectious. His fans are in love with his unbound talent as a guitarist of multitudes, his ability to play three parts at once, always with pure heart and real soul.  
    This conversation is not to miss for guitarists, musicians & music fans alike - as Jay Jay & Tommy get into everything from their roots, developing your own style, navigating the music business, favorite career experiences & the importance of pure live performance. 
    Don't miss this insightful conversation, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music! 
    Edited & Produced by Matthew Mallinger 

    • 1 hr
    Tommy James

    Tommy James

    Crimson & Clover, Crystal Blue Persuasion, Mony Mony, I Think We're Alone Now, Hanky Panky & Sweet Cherry Wine - these are just a few of the hits written by legendary artist Tommy James, who is this week's guest on the podcast!! Tommy is a renowned musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, widely known as frontman of the 1960s rock band Tommy James and the Shondells - who is now entering his 51st year in the music industry, actively touring, hosting his radio program GETTIN' TOGETHER WITH TOMMY JAMES, & licensing his music which is featured in over 65 films, 53 tv shows and numerous commercials.

    Jay Jay gets into why he loves Tommy's critically acclaimed autobiography 'ME, THE MOB AND THE MUSIC,' which is listed on Rolling Stone's Top 25 Memoirs, and is now in pre-production to be turned into a film. Tommy shares some amazing stories of his relationship with Roulette Records & Morris Levy (who he found to be the most interesting person he's ever met), & how he learned the business of radio and music in New York during the 60's.

    "It's a small world, so treat people well because you meet the same people on the way up as you will on the way down." This is the advice that Jay Jay will never forget Tommy giving him, as they were sharing a bill at a club in Baldwin, Long Island back in the 80s - tune in to hear the full story, and don't miss their conversation, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music!

    Edited & Produced by Matthew Mallinger

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Andy Shernoff: The History of Punk

    Andy Shernoff: The History of Punk

    This week's guest is the founder of one of the seminal punk bands, The Dictators! CBGB’s was built on the back of the first of the great legendary NY Punk band The Dictators. Join Jay Jay in welcoming punk legend Andy Shernoff on the podcast! Andy is a musician, songwriter & producer, who is a founding member of The Dictators. Jay Jay & Andy discuss the parallels between the New York bar scene that Twisted was a part of, & the New York punk scene that The Dictators were a part of. They get into the importance of the early years of punk in New York & how those years impacted the landscape of music to this day. They go on to talk about the evolution of radio, sobriety & creative longevity, and share countless memories from the foundations of punk & rock in New York.

    Don't miss this conversation, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music!

    Produced & Edited by Matthew Mallinger

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Shel Talmy

    Shel Talmy

    Shel Talmy is the legendary producer of The Who’s first earthshaking debut album “My Generation,” the first 5 (and most famous) Kinks albums, the Easybeats biggest hit 'Friday in my Mind,' as well as Manfred Mann's debut single 'Do Wha Diddy Diddy,'  mong many many more.

    It has been a great 2023 here on The Jay Jay French Connection - beginning the year with Twisted's induction into The Heavy Metal Hall of Fame, followed by a diverse & heavy hitting lineup of special guests on the podcast.

    Don't miss the year's final episode, as Jay Jay welcomes a very special guest onto the show, Shel Talmy! Shel is a legendary producer, songwriter & arranger who is best known for his work in the UK in the 60's. He has an amazing legacy in music, & there's a reason why Jay Jay finds his history in production to be one of the most important in music. Jay Jay talks about how much the records Shel produced have influenced him over the years, & how they served as the foundation for Rock n Roll to this day. 

    Shel shares some amazing stories - why he found Keith Moon to be the best drummer, recording all of the Wrecking Crew's sessions, his successes in working against the grain & current norms (including developing a 12 mic recording technique), working with Jimmy Page when he was only a 17 years old, & some of his favorite recording sessions. He gets into his early A&R days, & shares the stories of signing The Kinks & The Who (then known as 'The High Numbers'). 
    Tune in, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music! 

    Produced & Edited by Matthew Mallinger 

    • 57 min
    Ethan Penner

    Ethan Penner

    This week, Jay Jay welcomes guest Ethan Penner onto the podcast! Ethan is an old friend of Jay Jay's & is widely recognized as a pioneer in the worlds of real estate & finance, with over 30 years of experience in both fields. Jay Jay & Ethan tell the story of how they met, Ethan's growing up as a true metal fan, & how music has deeply influenced his life both personally & professionally. 
    Be sure to check out Ethan's inspiring new book Greatness is a Choice, linked below through his website.
    www.greatintersection.com 
    Edited & Produced by Matthew Mallinger 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Pat Boone

    Pat Boone

    This week, Jay Jay welcomes legendary singer & music icon Pat Boone onto the podcast! Pat is a singer, actor, TV host, producer, author, radio personality, record company head, TV station owner - just to name a few of his accolades. He encountered fame early on in life as a teen idol who shot to stardom via an early national talent show. Now, after 70 years in show business, he's returning to his roots in Nashville & releasing a 25-track country album - tune in to hear all about it, & to hear Jay Jay & Pat discuss the similarities & differences in their careers.

    Don't miss this conversation, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music!

    Edited & Produced by Matthew Mallinger

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Toddzilla1225 ,

Keep up with Pat Boone, Jay Jay!

Excellent show, Jay Jay. I love so many episodes. The one with Pat Boone is a hoot. Sharp as a tack and raring to go! Keep it up, man. Great stuff.

vcvvvvvvvvvvb ,

Pretty good

JJ’s a great host.
Love the fact that he mixes music, business, family and politics and speaks honestly about each. That takes courage. Would love to see him interview some of the people who were on Tipper Gore’s Censorship Committee.

Charger Rod ,

Jay Jay is Still Rocking it at 69 ? LoL

Twisted Sister is awesome and at Jay Jay French is the reason why! He is an excellent entertainer, musician and businessman. His book and podcasts transcends to all business areas. Listen and learn !! Rod’s Random Review of YouTube loves this podcast!! Go Jay Jay !!
Check out his book! You will love it.

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