Rock & Roll High School With Pete Ganbarg

Rock & Roll High School With Pete Ganbarg

Rock and Roll High School is an interview series that spotlights some of the most important figures in the history of contemporary music. Interviews by Pete Ganbarg, President of A&R at Atlantic Records. About Pete Ganbarg: Pete Ganbarg is President of A&R for Atlantic Records as well as President of ATCO Records, a division of Atlantic. He joined the Atlantic Records Group as Executive Vice President of A&R in late 2008. A 30+ year A&R veteran, Pete has also held senior A&R positions at Arista, Epic and SBK/EMI. As a publisher, Pete operates Songs With A Pure Tone and Margetts Road Music, joint ventures currently in partnership with Warner Chappell Music. Its writers have achieved multiple gold and platinum certifications over the past several years. At Atlantic, among the artists and projects that Pete has signed and/or A&R’d are Grammy Award winning artists twenty one pilots, Halestorm and Jason Mraz; platinum and multi-platinum artists Christina Perri, Melanie Martinez, Skillet, Brett Eldredge, Matchbox Twenty & Rob Thomas, Theory Of A Deadman and Icona Pop; as well as the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of “Hamilton,” “Mean Girls,” “Jagged Little Pill,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and the Multi-Platinum Billboard #1 soundtrack album “The Greatest Showman,” the latter two of which he also co-produced. Pete has received two Grammy Awards: the first in 2017 for his role as producer on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Dear Evan Hansen” and more recently, in 2021, for his role as producer on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Jagged Little Pill.” Ganbarg began his A&R career in 1989 at SBK Records. In 1997, he joined Clive Davis at Arista Records, where, as Senior Director of A&R, he conceived and A&R’d Santana’s 30x platinum worldwide, nine-time Grammy-winning album, “Supernatural.”

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August 4, 2022 80 min

This week, for our Season 2 finale, we are joined by award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, producer, innovator and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart. Newly inducted into both the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame, Dave talks about how he learned to play guitar while recovering from a soccer injury as a child, living and working with Annie Lennox at the start of their career, and the accidental creation of the openi...

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GRAMMY-Award winning producer, manager, and recording artist Peter Asher joins this week to share stories from his remarkable 50+ year career in music.  Starting out as half of the duo Peter & Gordon and armed with a new song from his sister’s boyfriend Paul McCartney, “A World Without Love” became a worldwide #1 hit before Peter turned 21.  Later as the head of A&R at The Beatles’ label Apple Records, Peter’s first sig...

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July 21, 2022 62 min

Grammy-winning guitar icon Peter Frampton joins us this week to discuss his start as a young musician alongside fellow school classmate David Bowie; the world famous rock stars -  Bill Wyman, Keith Moon, and Ray Davies -  who mentored him as a teenager; playing as a studio musician on George Harrison’s classic album All Things Must Pass; and of course all the stories behind Frampton Comes Alive, his legendary 1976 release that is s...

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Two brand new, exclusive interviews this week with two of the most legendary songwriters of all time - both members of the Rock & Roll and Songwriters Halls Of Fame - Jeff Barry and Barry Mann.  Both are synonymous with the iconic Brill Building era of the 1960’s but their evergreen hits continued well into the decades of the 70’s, 80’s and beyond.  The songs written by Jeff (with his then-wife Ellie Greenwich and others) and b...

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Two brand new, exclusive interviews this week with two of the most legendary songwriters of all time - both members of the Rock & Roll and Songwriters Halls Of Fame - Jeff Barry and Barry Mann.  Both are synonymous with the iconic Brill Building era of the 1960’s but their evergreen hits continued well into the decades of the 70’s, 80’s and beyond.  The songs written by Jeff (with his then-wife Ellie Greenwich and others) and b...

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This week we’re joined by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and lead singer of Whitesnake and Deep Purple David Coverdale. David takes us from his early days as a music student and gleaning inspiration from the likes of Sly Stone and Donny Hathaway to joining Deep Purple thanks to an ad in Melody Maker and forming Whitesnake, creating some of the most memorable songs and videos of the 1980’s. Learn more about David’s love of social med...

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Classic rock and jam band pioneer, GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna joins us this week to walk us through his remarkable 60 year career. Listen as Jorma takes us through his very first band with childhood friend Jack Casady (still his Hot Tuna bandmate today!) his relationship and recordings with Janis Joplin plus the monumental influ...

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May 26, 2022 89 min

This week we’re joined by the award-winning singer, pianist, music educator, and composer Patrice Rushen. Known for her fusion of jazz, pop, funk, soul and R&B, Patrice discusses the influence of her high school music teachers, getting to play with Jazz legends at Prestige Records, the importance of community over competition in the music industry, her close bond with Prince and the advice she got from legendary producer Quincy...

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May 12, 2022 85 min

Musician, performer, songwriter, producer, author, activist and so much more - Stevie Van Zandt joins us this week as one of the top authorities on then history of rock and roll. Tune in as Stevie discusses the transformational experience of watching the Beatles on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, working with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, co-starring on The Sopranos and much more.

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April 28, 2022 56 min

Eddie Levert of the legendary R&B group The O’Jays joins us for a candid conversation about the hard work behind the group’s success, working with iconic songwriting duo Gamble & Huff, and how the group’s sound laid the foundation for artists like Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak/Silk Sonic. Hear about the remarkably speedy creation of their huge hit “Love Train,” the story of “For The Love Of Money,” “Now That We Found Love...

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April 14, 2022 76 min

This week, in celebration of his 90th birthday, we’re honored to welcome music industry legend Clive Davis, one of the greatest record executives and music men of all time.  His decades-long career includes launching Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, Barry Manilow, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston and more, plus reigniting the careers of legends like Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart and Santana. Join us as Clive gives a mast...

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March 31, 2022 75 min

Cousin Brucie is one of the most famous radio DJ’s of all time.  Coming to prominence at the beginning of the Rock & Roll Era straight through Beatlemania, Cousin Brucie has been the voice coming out of everyone’s radio for over 60 years.  In this episode, Cousin Brucie talks about introducing the Beatles at their legendary Shea Stadium concert, having The Four Seasons write his theme song, helping to usher in the technology of...

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March 17, 2022 68 min

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member & Grammy legend Sam Moore of Sam & Dave talks about his love of Jackie Wilson, the on-stage fluke that led to the formation of Sam & Dave, & the genius of their producer Isaac Hayes. Plus hear the origin stories behind “Hold On, I’m Comin'” & "Soul Man" & Sam’s stories of touring with Otis Redding.

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March 3, 2022 63 min

This week singer, songwriter, and producer Tommy James takes us from leading The Shondells through their unlikely breakout hit “Hanky Panky” to his complicated relationship with mobster Morris Levy, who launched his career while swindling him out of millions at the notorious Roulette Records. Listen to hear more about how his iconic track “Crimson and Clover” was leaked and the inspiration for “Mony Mony.”

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School is back in session! Season 2 of Rock & Roll High School is coming your way soon and is packed full of candid conversations with more legendary musical guests. Be sure to follow us on your favorite platform so you never miss an episode! lnk.to/rrhspodcast #rockschoolpod

 

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Kicking off Season 2 is our conversation with multi-platinum and Grammy-winning recording artist and songwriter Kenny Loggins. Starting with his early success writing for the Nitty Gritty Dirt band, Kenny takes us through the eras of his career, including Loggins & Messina, his work on Footloose and Caddyshack, and more. Find out what hit almost wasn’t released and details of his forthcoming memoir on this week’s episode: lnk.t...

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February 17, 2022 67 min

As a songwriter, a solo artist, and one half of the 70’s duo Loggins and Messina, Kenny has charted close to 20 Top 40 hits including all time classics like “Danny’s Song,” “House At Pooh Corner,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Whenever I Call You Friend,” and “This Is It,” as well as his hits from the movies: “I’m Alright” (from Caddyshack), “Danger Zone” (from Top Gun), and the #1 iconic title song from Footloose. 

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September 9, 2021 66 min

One of the founding members of the group that bears his name, Robert “Kool” Bell helped form Kool & The Gang in 1964 with his brother Khalis, and friends Dennis "D.T." Thomas, Robert "Spike" Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West. With hits like “Celebration,” “Summer Madness” “Ladies’ Night,” and “Jungle Boogie,” Kool & The Gang earned 25 Top Ten R&B hits and nine Top Ten Pop hits, in addi...

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September 2, 2021 84 min

The Zombies were part of the “British invasion” movement of the 1960s and enjoyed some major success for a short period before they broke up after only a few years. But the band’s acclaimed 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is considered to be one of the greatest albums ever recorded and hits like “She’s Not There,” Tell Her No,” and “Time of the Season” remain all time classics. Rod formed a new band called Argent, which hit big in 19...

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August 26, 2021 96 min

Groundbreaking singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Todd Rundgren started his career as a guitarist for Nazz, before fronting the band Runt and eventually pursuing a solo career. His first official solo album, Something/Anything (released in 1972 via Warner Bros. Records), stayed on the Billboard 200 for nearly a year and contained some of his most notable hits, includin...

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