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The music of the 60s and 70s was groundbreaking and it set the stage for the decades of amazing music that followed it. Milwaukee radio legend and Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Barry spoke with countless musicians and celebrities over the years and collected remarkable recordings of his encounters with these talented people, which he's now sharing with the public in this podcast. He spoke with Sonny and Cher, James Brown, Dolly Parton, and and many others, and they shared their amazing stories about their lives and careers. All the episodes will be available as they’re released at WisconsinBroadcastingMuseum.org. This podcast was made possible by a generous contribution from Terry Baun.

The music of the 60s and 70s was groundbreaking and it set the stage for the decades of amazing music that followed it. Milwaukee radio legend and Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Barry spoke with countless musicians and celebrities over the years and collected remarkable recordings of his encounters with these talented people, which he's now sharing with the public in this podcast. He spoke with Sonny and Cher, James Brown, Dolly Parton, and and many others, and they shared their amazing stories about their lives and careers. All the episodes will be available as they’re released at WisconsinBroadcastingMuseum.org. This podcast was made possible by a generous contribution from Terry Baun.
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The music of the 60s and 70s was groundbreaking and it set the stage for the decades of amazing music that followed it. Milwaukee radio legend and Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Barry spoke with countless musicians and celebrities over the years and collected remarkable recordings of his encounters with these talented people, which he's now sharing with the public in this podcast. He spoke with Sonny and Cher, James Brown, Dolly Parton, and and many others, and they shared their amazing stories about their lives and careers. All the episodes will be available as they’re released at WisconsinBroadcastingMuseum.org. This podcast was made possible by a generous contribution from Terry Baun.

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English

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Episodes

Peggy Lee

1/22/2020
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Her career lasted for six decades. Norma Deloris Egstrom was known professionally as Peggy Lee. She was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, and actress. She discusses her connection with Paul McCartney and her giant hits including “Is That All There Is?” She gave us the inside on what it was like to play the part of an alcoholic blues singer in “Pete Kelly’s Blues.” She explains the toughest parts of the doing the film and what they offered her to help with the scenes....

Duration:00:05:26

Chubby Checker and Jose Feliciano

1/15/2020
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Chubby Checker, a Philadelphia rock and roll singer and dancer was best known for a dance we’ve all enjoyed. He reached the top spot not only with the same song, but also with the same record in 1960 and 1961, the only time that this feat has been pulled off. Chubby was crowned the king of dance by everyone from the American Banstandeers to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. He made 32 hit records and performed in every major city in the country and in the world. In this conversation, Chubby...

Duration:00:03:04

Herman's Hermits

1/8/2020
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I sat down in a Pfister hotel room with Peter Moone and Herman’s Hermits. Peter explained how they got their group name and surprised me with the name of his favorite recording artists. Lead guitarist Derek Leckenby shared his thoughts on some of their recordings. We’ll hear a couple of crazy voice tracks and some sound from their July 1965 concert at the Milwaukee auditorium. The photo with Peter Noone was taken in his hotel room at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. The group picture was...

Duration:00:05:08

Gregory Peck

1/1/2020
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I often wondered what a movie producer did. Gregory Peck answered that question. He was one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1970s. He received five Academy Award nominations and won an Oscar in 1962 for his performance in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He’ll reveal his favorite movie and best leading ladies. Was he bothered by all the attention he got? And what was the story behind a case of scotch appearing in one of his films.

Duration:00:12:27

Gene Autry

12/25/2019
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Gene Autry, singer, songwriter, actor, musician, and rodeo performer gained fame as a singing cowboy on radio and TV. He was the owner of several radio stations in southern California. Gene appeared in 93 films and hosted the “Gene Autry Show.” On this day, my interest was in his biggest hit record “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.”

Duration:00:03:11

Bing Crosby

12/18/2019
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Harry Lillis Crosby was a multimedia star, a leader in radio ratings, record sales, and motion picture grosses. Early in his career he developed an intimate singing style that influenced many singers who followed him, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Perry Como. I wanted to know where the name “Bing” came from and the background of his biggest hit “White Christmas.” But Bing wanted to know about our weather in Milwaukee.

Duration:00:02:24

Jackie Vernon (Frosty the Snowman)

12/11/2019
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Jackie Vernon was a stand up comedian and actor who is best known for his role as the voice of “Frosty the Snowman” on CBS television. He was also known for his low key comedy. His opening line was, “To look at me now, it’s hard to believe I was once considered a dull guy.” We’ll find out what made him dull, have him present a short slide show and of course find out how Frosty was born.

Duration:00:03:02

Dave Clark Five

12/4/2019
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The Dave Clark Five, appeared on the Ed Sullivan show 18 times and three times in Milwaukee. Their first appearance here drew an estimated 10,000 screaming teens to George Devine’s million dollar ballroom at the Eagles Club June 7, 1964. Tickets were $2 in advance and $3 at the door. The ballroom had a capacity of 3,000. The teens were packed in so tight that when someone would pass out, they would pass them forward to the stage and we would take them to a room backstage for medical...

Duration:00:03:02

Ray Charles

11/27/2019
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“What I Say” was a number one Billboard R&B hit in 1959. It was recorded by Ray Charles Robinson, known as Ray Charles. He was a singer, songwriter, and musician. Brother Ray was often referred to as “the ‘”genius. He told me what it was like growing up sightless and about his incredible music.

Duration:00:03:53

Frankie Avalon

11/20/2019
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Remember Frankie Avalon, singer, actor and former teen idol? He had 31-charted Billboard singles including “Why” and “Venus.” But, there was one other hit that most thought was very amusing. And Frankie had one memory of Milwaukee he would like to forget. WOKY Pop Festival image at Milwaukee County Stadium

Duration:00:09:08

Mitch Miller

11/13/2019
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A lot of you might remember the songs “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” “The Children’s Marching Song,” and “The March from the River Kwai.” I talked to the man responsible for all of those hit records and I think my introduction will pretty much tell the whole story.

Duration:00:04:02

Bob Hope

11/6/2019
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Leslie Townes Hope, known professionally as Bob Hope, was an English American stand-up comic and actor. His career spanned nearly 80 years. His theme song was “Thanks for the Memory” and he was not too thankful, but still gracious, that I woke him up. We’ll hear how he picked up his material, his marriage, some heat he got on a line he did, Oscars, his home in Palm Springs, his overseas tours, and what makes him laugh.

Duration:00:03:18

Del Shannon

10/30/2019
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“Runaway” was a number one hit on the Billboard Top 100, written by Del Shannon in 1961. It became an international hit and is on Rolling Stones Greatest Songs of All Time list. His falsetto voice got my attention as well as where he found his stage name and his biggest hit.

Duration:00:02:49

Bobby Vinton

10/23/2019
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Bobby Vinton was the most successful love song singer of the rock era from 1962-1974. His hits included “Roses Are Red,” “Blue Velvet,” and “Mr. Lonely.” He also appeared in films and on TV. He had the Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri until 2002. Bobby was always a fun interview, whether backstage, in the studio, on the phone, or on top of a billboard. On this day Bobby Vinton joined me in the WOKY studios. He was promoting his latest record and was determined to teach me how to...

Duration:00:08:16

James Brown

10/16/2019
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The Godfather of Soul, James Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, and record producer. In Joel Whitburn’s analysis of the Billboard R&B charts from 1942 to 2010, Brown is ranked number one in the top 500 artists. He gave me a wild and wooly interview with singing and words of wisdom.

Duration:00:02:41

Sonny and Cher

10/9/2019
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Sonny and Cher started their career as backup singers for Phil Spector. Many never knew that Sonny could not read music and Cher is dyslectic. She’ll demonstrate that and laugh about it when she records a voice track for me. The last time I saw Sonny and Cher together was in 1974 at Mitchell Field. They had arrived in Hugh Hefner’s big bunny plane. Cher went directly to a waiting limo and would not talk to anyone. I could see there was friction between the couple and shortly thereafter it...

Duration:00:04:26

Bob Barry Welcomes You

9/27/2019
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The music of the 60s and 70s was groundbreaking and it set the stage for the decades of amazing music that followed it. Milwaukee radio legend and Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Barry spoke with countless musicians and celebrities over the years and collected remarkable recordings of his encounters with these talented people, which he's now sharing with the public in this podcast. He spoke with Sonny and Cher, James Brown, Dolly Parton, and and many others, and they shared their amazing...

Duration:00:01:26