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Blog entries by Roger Catlin
Roger CatlinBorn in Detroit, Roger covered rock as an entertainment writer for the Omaha World-Herald before becoming rock critic for the Hartford Courant for 12 years. In that time, he's gotten to interview Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, Ray Charles and Brian Wilson. He is currently a freelance arts writer for the Washington Post, and writes largely about TV on his blog rogercatlin.com.
Peter Noone of Herman's HermitsThe British Invasion star on his hit "I'm Henry The VIII, I Am," and how he became the first to record Bowie's "Oh You Pretty Things." Tom JonesAfter 50 years in the business, the "It's Not Unusual" singer is living his songs. Duncan SheikThe "Barely Breathing" singer has a new sound and a new passion: stage musicals. Loretta LynnThe esteemed songwriter and country music legend talks about "The Pill," her famous gowns, and releasing an album at 83. Rod Argent of The ZombiesUsing the mellotron John Lennon left behind, The Zombies created a groundbreaking album at Abbey Road. Bettye LaVetteFrom Muscle Shoals to Motown to a kiss from Dylan, Bettye LaVette shares her remarkable story. Paul Stanley of KissThe Kiss founder says the band is "a way of life" and "a way of viewing challenges." The latest challenge: owning a football team. Daryl HallDaryl Hall's TV show is a hit, and he's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Only one of these developments excites him. Gene Simmons of KissThe Kiss rocker covers a lot of ground in this interview, including why there are no Kiss collaborations, and why the Rock Hall has "become a sham." Frankie ValliAn interview with Frankie Valli, who talks about why his songs - both solo and with The Four Seasons - have endured, and reflects on his time as Rusty Millio on The Sopranos. Answering Machine SongsRemember answering machines? Those messages affected our lives in a way voicemail never will, and there were lots of songs that used the device. Ann Hampton CallawayA mainstay on the jazz and cabaret circuit, Ann can write songs on demand, which is part of her show. The song she wrote for Barbra Streisand took a little more effort though. Rosanne CashRosanne talks about the journey that inspired her songs on her album The River & the Thread, including a stop at the Tallahatchie Bridge. Beyond Llewyn DavisA look at the musicology behind the movie Inside Llewyn Davis, with appearances by Tim Buckley, Phil Ochs and Mississippi John Hurt. Dave ClarkPart of the British Invasion, The Dave Clark Five were an Ed Sullivan favorite - the host even bought out a UK show to keep them in America.