Songwriter Interviews

Go behind the music with some of the world's best songwriters

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  • Paul WilliamsHe's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."read more
  • Henry Paul of The Outlaws, BlackhawkAfter many miles and many songs, Henry shares his insights on the difference between popular and good, and how he kept from peaking too early.read more
  • Larry Burnett of Firefall"The first thing you have to do is know that you're an idiot. And then work on stopping being an idiot."read more
  • Toni WineToni was both Betty and Veronia in The Archies. She was also part of the New York City songwriting community (don't call it the "Brill Building") responsible for many hits of the '60s.read more
  • Paul EvansPaul talks about writing songs for Elvis on Tin Pan Alley, life as a teen idol, and why unexpected laughter sells songs. read more
  • Charlie DanielsCharlie discusses the songs that made him a Southern Rock icon, and settles the Devil vs. Johnny argument once and for all.read more
  • Ingrid CroceIngrid talks about the life and songs of Jim Croce, a man whose military ineptitude contributed to one of his greatest songs: "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)."read more
  • Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerEmilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.read more
  • Brenda RussellBrenda talks about the inspiration that drove her to write hit songs like "Get Here" and "Piano in the Dark," and why a lack of formal music training can be a songwriter's best asset.read more
  • Harold Brown of WarA founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.read more