Rock and Roll

Akil Thompson has been an active music maker since he was a kid playing guitar.  Over his career he has toured with LeAnn Rimes and Kelly Clarkson, as well as built his own recording studio.  Akil decided that when he was not on the road, he wanted to record and engineer.  His studio is located in...
Johnny Tillotson had a music television program as a teenager in Florida before landing a string of hit recordings including his smash hit “Poetry In Motion” in 1961. A year later Johnny wrote the song “It Keeps Right On a-Hurtin’” which was not only a top ten hit for him but later recorded by...
Lol Tolhurst formed a rock band with some friends in high school that went on to revitalize and define music in the 1980s. The Cure enjoyed wide success with millions of albums sold, live performances around the world, and was among the first acts to chart hit records before alternative rock became...
Peter Tork was an original member of the Monkees and enjoyed great success on TV and the top of the pop charts during the mid and late 1960s. Years later, Peter admitted that the cast members of the TV show were not playing their instruments on the first recording, however Peter and Micky Dolenz on...
George Travis has been to nearly every Bruce Springsteen concert since 1978!  As a noted concert producer, George has been a key element in the innovative concert experiences fans have come to expect when they go to a Springsteen performance.  George has worked with some of the giants in concert...
Ike Turner was well known for his role in the life of Tina Turner and as the guitarist and arranger of her early career. However, during our interview with him, Ike took the time to discuss the early part of his own music career beginning with the first rock and roll song “Rocket 88” for which Ike...
Howard Ungerleider spent over 40 years as Lighting designer/director as well as 25 years as Tour Manager for Rush!  His focus has always been in creating a show for the audience and not just a band performance. As a result, Howard has become an innovator in pro lighting, laser, and immersive stage...
Phil Upchurch was a teenager when he joined the solid studio musicians for Chess Records in Chicago.  The old veterans took Phil under their wings and showed him the ropes and welcomed his own style to the studio’s noted sound.  Phil later played on hundreds of recordings for the likes of Quincy...
Midge Ure was on stage for the two largest musical events in the World! As co-founder of Live Aid in 1985 and Live 8 in 2005, Midge created the venue to raise millions of dollars to feed the hungry all over the planet. In 1984, he wrote what became the anthem to this cause, “Feed the World, Do They...
J.M. VanEaton was the house drummer for a little recording company in Memphis that began one of the centers of the birth of rock and roll. Sun Records was formed by Sam Philips in 1951 and was put on the map when Elvis Presley began his career at Sun Records. Just a few months after Elvis left for...

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