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Hosted by famed New England roots-rock musician and music writer Don DiMuccio, the It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast celebrates all things related to the six decade-long rock era. Along with a cast of rotating co-hosts, we'll hear from musicians, music industry insiders, producers, DJs, etc, who'll tell the stories behind the music.

Hosted by famed New England roots-rock musician and music writer Don DiMuccio, the It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast celebrates all things related to the six decade-long rock era. Along with a cast of rotating co-hosts, we'll hear from musicians, music industry insiders, producers, DJs, etc, who'll tell the stories behind the music.

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United States

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Hosted by famed New England roots-rock musician and music writer Don DiMuccio, the It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast celebrates all things related to the six decade-long rock era. Along with a cast of rotating co-hosts, we'll hear from musicians, music industry insiders, producers, DJs, etc, who'll tell the stories behind the music.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep. 45 - Al Kooper

10/23/2022
On this episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, we feature true rock royalty – producer, session musician, A&R man, and omnipresent figure throughout the rock era, AL KOOPER. We discuss a career that began at age 15 playing guitar with The Royal Teens (“Short, Shorts”), and later included playing Hammond on Bob Dylan's “Like A Rolling Stone”, French Horn & organ on The Rolling Stones “You Can't Always Get What You Want”, working extensively with guitar legend Mike Bloomfield,...

Duration:00:45:58

Ep. 44 - Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon)

9/18/2022
On this episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, renowned rock sideman / guitarist EARL SLICK regales us with tales along his musical journey, starting in the clubs of New York City to years of touring the world and recording with David Bowie, as well as working on sessions for what would be John Lennon's final albums “Double Fantasy” and the posthumous release “Milk & Honey”. We also talk solo projects, including him joining up with The Stray Cat's rhythm section to form Phantom...

Duration:01:02:06

Ep. 43 - Dave Mason (Traffic)

8/7/2022
On this episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and founding member of the legendary band Traffic, DAVE MASON talks about his sometimes-tumultuous tenure with the band, and how moving from England to the United States over fifty years ago introduced him to a slew of like-minded musicians from Gram Parsons to Cass Elliot. Mason also discusses his session work with Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney & Wings, George Harrison, and The Rolling Stones, as well as...

Duration:00:47:09

Ep. 42 - Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds)

7/10/2022
On this episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, founding member and drummer of The Yardbirds, JIM McCARTY talks about the band's multi-decade career, starting out as England's most authentic rhythm & blues band, that gave rise to guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and helped usher in progressive and heavy rock. We discuss the backstory behind classics like “For Your Love” and “Dazed and Confused”, why Clapton really left the group, recording one of their hit singles at...

Duration:00:52:35

Ep. 41 - Chris "Miss" O'Dell

6/19/2022
On this episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, Tuscon native CHRIS O'DELL tells how she parlayed a chance meeting with Beatle's publicist Derek Taylor into a career behind the scenes in the world of rock, first as secretary for The Beatles owned Apple Records, personal assistant to The Rolling Stones on their “Exile On Main Street” tour, then later as one of rock's first female Tour Managers working for George Harrison, Santana, CSNY, and Bob Dylan and more. We also cover her...

Duration:01:02:23

Ep. 40 - Dennis Locorriere (Lead singer Dr. Hook)

5/29/2022
On today's episode of the It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, we sit down with DENNIS LOCORRIERE, the voice behind a laundry-list of Top 40 hits released by Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show (later shortened to Dr. Hook) between 1971-1985, including “Sylvia's Mother”, “When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman”, “Sexy Eyes”, “Sharing The Night Together”, and the inimitable “The Cover Of Rolling Stone”. He recounts the band's ability to shift from long-haired, free-spirited, wild live act, to a...

Duration:01:01:01

Ep. 39 - Gina Schock (The Go-Go's)

4/3/2022
On this episode of the It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, we talk to drummer GINA SCHOCK, the outspoken, hard-rocking heartbeat behind rock's first #1 charting all-female band, The Go-Go's. Gina gives us a peek into her inner sanctum, pulling out some of her favorite 45's from an immense collection of not only vinyl, but additionally forty plus years of Go-Go's memorabilia – much of which is featured in her new coffee-table photobook: “Made In Hollywood – All Access With The Go-Go's”. She also...

Duration:00:57:13

Ep. 38 - John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful)

3/20/2022
On this episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, we visit with American folk-rock troubadour and founding frontman of The Lovin' Spoonful, JOHN SEBASTIAN. We talk of his childhood in NYC as the son of show-business parents, growing up around frequent house guests like Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, and godmother Vivian Vance. He recounts his early start in the Greenwich Village folk scene, co-founding The Loving Spoonful, and how a pot bust led to the firing of bandmate and dear friend Zal...

Duration:01:05:30

Ep. 37 - Allan Clarke (The Hollies)

2/6/2022
On today's episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast we speak to ALLAN CLARKE, former singer and songwriter for the legendary British Invasion band The Hollies. Topics include his longtime partnership with Graham Nash (including his eventual departure to form CSN&Y), their first U.S. Concert tour on a bill with Little Richard (whose group featured then-unknown guitarist Jimi Hendrix), what really went down with Terry Sylvester on stage at the 2010 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, the...

Duration:00:53:55

Ep. 36 - John Densmore (The Doors)

11/21/2021
On today's episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, famed drummer for the iconic band The Doors, JOHN DENSMORE tells of his tenure with the legendary act that pushed the artistic limits, and in the process created some of rock's most enduring music. We also discuss several of the individuals who influenced him personally, professionally and spiritually, detailing anecdotes from his latest memoir “The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists)”....

Duration:00:48:26

Ep. 35 - Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne)

10/24/2021
On today's episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, we have a multi-topic, jam-packed conversation with heavy-metal's most prolific bass player, RUDY SARZO. The former Cuban refugee turned metal-master details his embrace of the LA heavy rock scene of the late-70's - including how working with his friend the late Randy Rhoads in Quiet Riot landed him the bass player spot in Ozzy Osbourne's touring band, and why a plan to sabotage the song that would put Quiet Riot on the map, didn't...

Duration:01:18:26

Ep. 34 - Paul Shaffer

10/3/2021
On today's episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, the World's Most Dangerous keyboardist, PAUL SHAFFER talks highlights from his 50 years in show business, including dropping the “F-bomb” on network television, his "conversation" with Mick Jagger backstage at Saturday Night Live, how backing up his hero James Brown left The Godfather of Soul wanting more, and the time a spontaneous on-mic moment triggered a 33-year career as comedic sidekick for David Letterman....

Duration:01:11:45

Ep. 33 - Carmine Appice

9/5/2021
On today's episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, heavy rock drumming pioneer and innovator CARMINE APPICE recounts his illustrious and musically-varied career, starting with his days in the 1960s hard psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge, to his years on the road with Rod Stewart (including co-writing two of his classics “Do You Think I'm Sexy” and “Young Turks”). He additionally sets the record straight on why he parted ways with Ozzy Osbourne, what really happened with that infamous...

Duration:01:00:43

Ep. 32 - Suzi Quatro

8/15/2021
On this episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, rock's first celebrated female bass-playing frontwoman, SUZI QUATRO talks about leaving behind her native Detroit (as well as her resentful, former band-mate sisters) to achieve super-stardom across the pond with mega-hits like “Can The Can”, “The Wild One”, and “Devil Gate Drive”. And after a handful of cameo appearances on Happy Days as fictional rocker 'Leather Tuscadero', found belated success at home with her 1978 Billboard Top 5...

Duration:01:14:54

Ep. 31 - Dennis DeYoung (formerly of Styx)

7/25/2021
On today's episode of The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, founding member and former frontman/keyboardist for Styx, DENNIS DEYOUNG sits down for a wide-ranging, no-holds barred interview talking everything from lazy rock journalism, to his new and final studio album, to the true reasons behind why Styx are no longer the multi-platinum-selling band a generation of loyal fans remember from the 1970's and early 80s. ------------------------------------------------ ● For more on Dennis DeYoung...

Duration:01:14:47

Ep. 30 - Bev Bevan (ELO, The Move)

6/27/2021
On today's show, powerhouse drummer BEV BEVAN gives us a bird's eye view of what it was like to be a founding member of two of rock's biggest acts - notorious 1960's British band The Move, and 1970's world-dominating rock juggernaut, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Additionally, he covers his early days working with Denny Laine, touring in the mid-1980s with Black Sabbath, and future plans with his latest band Quill. ------------------ ● For more on Quill visit www.quilluk.com ● To see Bev...

Duration:01:19:36

Ep. 29 - Russ Ballard

6/6/2021
Frontman/guitarist for 70's supergroup Argent and prolific songwriter, RUSS BALLARD joins The It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, covering a career which began as a teen and included writing rock classics like “Liar” (Three Dog Night), “New York Groove” (Hello / Ace Frehley), “Since You've Been Gone” (Rainbow), “Winning” (Santana), “God Gave Rock & Roll To You” (Argent / Kiss), and his 1984 solo hit “Voices”. Russ opens up about a range of topics including working with Roger Daltrey, and how a...

Duration:01:17:01

Ep. 28 - GARY BROOKER (Procol Harum)

5/16/2021
We kick-off year two of the It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast with founding member and frontman / pianist for Procol Harum, GARY BROOKER. He discusses a wide array of topics, from co-writing the band's classic singles like “A Whiter Shade of Pale” and “Conquistador”, to working with George Harrison on “My Sweet Lord”, and how he once pissed off the mob by walking out of a gig over an out-of-tune piano! -------------------------------------------------- ● For more on Procol Harum -...

Duration:01:18:23

Ep. 27 - J.M. Van Eaton (Drummer at Sun Studio)

3/28/2021
On this episode of the It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, in-house session drummer for Memphis's legendary Sun Studios, J.M. VAN EATON tells of his time recording and touring in the 1950s with Roy Orbison, Billy Lee Riley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, playing on classics like “Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On”, “Crazy Arms”, and “Great Balls Of Fire”. He also shares rare, personal insight into his friends like Elvis Presley and Sam Phillips....

Duration:01:01:32

Ep. 26 - Chuck Leavell

3/14/2021
On this episode of the It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast, we talk with famed keyboard / piano player Chuck Leavell about his enviable career, which includes being a member of The Allman Brothers Band, to recording and touring with the likes of Eric Clapton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, David Gilmour, George Harrison, and since 1982 The Rolling Stones. He also highlights his other passion, tree farming and forestry, which has earned him great acclaim and accolades for his work in nature...

Duration:01:32:17