It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast

It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast

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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July 25, 2021 74 min
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. ...
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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 Q...
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June 6, 2021 77 min
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 open...
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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! ---------------------...
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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 Pre...
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March 14, 2021 92 min
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...
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February 21, 2021 86 min
On this episode of the It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST, we talk with legendary singer-songwriter MELANIE. With worldwide hits to her credit such as “Brand New Key”, “What Have They Done To My Song, Ma”, and “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)", this natural-born storyteller shares insight into her career with anecdotes about performing at Woodstock, surviving music industry backstabbing, the day Clive Davis made her cry.... and...
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On this episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, we bring you Part 2 of our discussion with drummer SIMON KIRKE. In it, he details his near half-century tenure with the legendary British supergroup Bad Company - from being managed by the notorious Peter Grant, to being signed to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song record label, as well as recounting all of the multi-platinum success accomplished by one of rock's all-time ...
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January 17, 2021 63 min
On this episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, we ring in the New Year with a special two-part series, featuring drummer and founding member of Free and Bad Company, SIMON KIRKE. In Part 1, Simon discusses his experiences leading up to forming Free with singer Paul Rogers and late legendary guitarist Paul Kossoff, as well as their relatively short but highly influential career, which laid the groundwork for the ent...
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On this episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, we talk to original guitarist of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer RICKY BYRD, who spent over a decade with the band touring the world and recording their most enduring classics like “I Love Rock & Roll” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You”. He discusses working his way through the New York City club scene of the late 70's, to his curre...
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November 29, 2020 77 min
On this episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, we talk with guitarist, singer, principle songwriter, and founding member of Grand Funk Railroad, the legendary Mark Farner. And talk we did, on a wide array of subjects ranging from guitars and writing classics like “Closer To Home”, to the Second Amendment, trademark litigation, and the tragic flooding effecting families in mid-Michigan. Former 94 WHJY on-air personal...
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November 15, 2020 78 min
On this episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, legendary drummer KENNEY JONES talks about forming the British Invasion mod-rock band The Small Faces, getting Rod Stewart into the Faces, explaining how he ended up on a classic Rolling Stones recording “by accident”, and detailing his varied experiences as drummer for The Who. Previous three-time co-host and podcaster Dave Tate joins us to commemorate the show's m...
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October 28, 2020 95 min
On this episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, we visit with a true witness to rock history and contemporary of a pre-fame Beatles - saxophone player HOWIE CASEY. He recounts his days in the early 1960's as leader of Howie & The Seniors, working the live Liverpool circuit, the seedy clubs of Hamburg, Germany, and eventually cushy world tours, backing up the likes of T.Rex, The Who, and his old pal Paul McCart...
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October 18, 2020 57 min
On this episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, I chat with the legendary trombonist Tom “Bones” Malone for the hour! We talk about his humble beginnings in Mississippi, to becoming one of the world's most in-demand session players, working with the likes of Blood Sweat & Tears, Woody Herman, Frank Zappa, Paul McCartney, and a few thousand others! However he may be best-known for his work with The Blues Broth...
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September 27, 2020 82 min
On this episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, we talk with rock photographer BOB GRUEN, about his spectacular career of shooting some of the most instantly-recognizable photographs in music history. His images of Bob Dylan, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, The New York Dolls, John Lennon, and hundreds more have graced album covers, magazines, and posters alike – and he gives a preview of his upcoming autobiography “Right...
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September 13, 2020 79 min
On this episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, the last surviving member of Badfinger, singer/guitarist Joey Molland, recounts his early years as a budding musician in Liverpool, to being in the first band signed to Apple Records, handpicked by The Beatles themselves. Additionally he details the tragic side of rock & roll, with the band losing their fortune to unscrupulous businessmen, inevitably driving two mem...
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August 31, 2020 58 min
On this week's episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast”, we speak with a living legend. A singer who's arguably the most celebrated and beloved voice of the rock era. 2019 recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors Award for excellence in the performing arts – LINDA RONSTADT. Also co-host Dorothy “Hurricane” Hodge discusses her days as owner of both Limelight, the only clothes store in the Rhode Island area cater...
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On this week's episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll Podcast”, musician Gary Van Scyoc talks about playing bass for John Lennon and Yoko Ono with his band Elephant's Memory, which included talk show appearances, three studio albums, and the infamous 1972 'One To One Concert' at Madison Square Garden. Also co-host Peter Silva recounts some favorite interviews conducted over his 29 years as an on-air personali...
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August 16, 2020 66 min
On this episode of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, we talk with legendary record producer JOHN BOYLAN, who helped pioneer the California Country Rock sound, working with Rick Nelson, Poco, and Linda Ronstadt, who because of him, hired the musicians who would later become The Eagles as her backup band. He also discusses his role in developing one of rock's biggest acts Boston and their self-titled LP - the best-selli...
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It's an ALL-DRUMMER-EDITION of the “It's Only Rock And Roll PODCAST”, with longtime member of Billy Joel's recording and touring band Liberty DeVitto discussing his professional journey, starting with Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, to his thirty years with The Piano Man, and now as an author with his best selling autobiography “Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Also, drummers Don DiMuccio and c...
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