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Options July 29, 2017: Guest: Norbert Putnam

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Elvis Presley   Promised Land   Options
Vogues, The  Five O'Clock World   Options
Chris Scruggs  Country Star   Options
Little Milton  I Need Somebody   Options
Ninapinta and His Bongos and Congos  Help   Options
Dan Auerbach  Waiting On A Song   Options
Del-Rays. The  Fortune Teller   Options
Ronee Blakley aka Barbra Jean ("Nashville" Stk.)  My Idaho Home   Options
Clifford Curry  She Shot a Hole in My Soul   Options
Rubinoos, The  That Thing You Do   Options
Neon Philharmonic, The  Good Morning Girl   Options
Dale Hawkins  Who   Options
Tempests, The  Would you Believe   Options
Moe Koffman  Cool Ghoul   Options
Ben Vaughn Quintet  Gimme Gimme Gimme   Options
Tony Joe White  Soul Francisco   Options
Billy Barton  The Devil, My Conscience and I   Options
Jimmy Hughes  Steal Away   Options
Kenny Howes  Thought You'd Never Go   Options
Bobby Goldsboro  Little Things   Options
Jerry Reed  Last Train To Clarksville   Options
Arthur Alexander  A Shot of Rhythm & Blues   Options
Esther Phillips  The Party's Over   Options
Splitsville  I'll Never Fall In Love Again   Options
Newbeats, The  Bread and Butter   Options
Chet Atkins  Mrs. Robinson   Options
Ray Stevens  Freddie Feelgood (And His Funky Little Five Piece Band)   Options
Tommy Roe  Everybody   Options
Arthur Alexander  You Better Move On   Options
Norbert Putman  INTERVIEW   Options
Elvis Presley   Unchained Melody   Options

CLICK HERE for info on The Beach Boys' "1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow"

CLICK HERE to see "The Beach Boys" "perform" "Do It Again" on the 2017 A Capitol Fourth

CLICK HERE for "Student Group Apologizes for Playing ‘Transphobic’ and ‘Problematic’ Lou Reed Song"

CLICK HERE for info on Steve Keene's show at The Marlborough Contemporary Gallery from May 25 - Jun 24

CLICK HERE to see how Steve Keene does it

CLICK HERE for 28:46 of "NRBQ & Friends"

CLICK HERE for "Marty Stuart: The Story of Clarence White & The Parsons/White StringBender "

CLICK HERE to find out "How the Nashville Number System revolutionized recording sessions"

CLICK HERE for an Interview with Chris Collingwood about the death of Fountains of Wayne and his new project Look Park

CLICK HERE to listen to a playlist of exclusive unreleased recordings by Longmont Potion Castle

CLICK HERE for a free download of a 16 track compilation from The Wipper Brothers

CLICK HERE for "Taylor Hackford Remembers Making a Movie With Chuck Berry: ‘The Greatest Nightmare of Any Filmmaking Experience I’ve Ever Had' "

CLICK HERE for tales from Chuck Berry's backing bands

CLICK HERE for the 1988 piece "Who Does Chuck Berry Think He Is?"

CLICK HERE for a story about The Beatles remastered version of "Live at the Hollywood Bowl"

CLICK HERE Cheap Trick on "Live At Daryl's House"

CLICK HERE to hear from the amazing Bob Washington, the voice of K-Tel

CLICK HERE for a new song titled "People Are Disgusting" from Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to "Musicians fighting Spotify are ‘so f-cking dumb,’ music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz says"

CLICK HERE to read a Mike Love sympathetic piece titled "Beach Boys seek to overcome discord with new wave of Love"

CLICK HERE to listen to a new NPR interview with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for an interesting piece about a journalist trying to interview Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for "Jerry Lewis at 90: His Mouth Runneth Over"

CLICK HERE to read the report on Kippington Lodge's 1967 BBC audition - Includes phrases "painful" & "tone deaf" then CLICK HERE to have a listen & decide for yourself

CLICK HERE for "The Truth of the Flamin' Groovies' Story is Stranger Than Fiction"

CLICK HERE for info about the tuning used on Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough"

CLICK HERE to see the March 25th Hot 100 chart - when Happy Together was number one!!

CLICK HERE for detailed Pet Sounds credits

CLICK HERE for a piece on how they come up with radio ratings & Delilha's radio show

CLICK HERE to see a Thought Leader gives a talk on Thought Leadership

CLICK HERE to find out Why Classic Rock Isn’t What It Used To Be

CLICK HERE to find out Why You Can’t Get a Ticket to the NBA Finals … … and every other major event on the planet

CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

CLICK HERE to hear "How Music Taste Evolved"

CLICK HERE to check the stats

CLICK HERE for Ringo's isolated drums from "Oh Darling"

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell in a BBC interview with some woman with a lot of plastic surgery

CLICK HERE to see some paintings by Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE to see The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE for a free download of The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE to see Michael Shelley get interviewed on a NJ public access TV show "Destination Montclair"

CLICK HERE if you have the stomach to read Rolling Stone's ridiculous "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time"

CLICK HERE to go "Inside the Strange, Hidden World of Offstage Touring Musicians"

CLICK HERE to watch The Cactus Blossoms live at WFMU April 18, 2015

CLICK HERE to watch James Hunter sing "Somethings Calling" live at WFMU Dec 7, 2015 - just so so so good

CLICK HERE for a nice piece on former guest on this show (and the drummer for The Beatles) Bernard Purdie

CLICK HERE to test your sense of pitch

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE to find out "Why Do All Records Sound the Same?

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE for The Cactus Blossoms on The 30 Minute Music Hour

CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

CLICK HERE for a documentary and discussion of The Columbia House Record Club

CLICK HERE to test yourself and find out "How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?"

CLICK HERE for an article about Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with files of the isolated tracks to listen to

CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of the book "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" or CLICK HERE to read Carol's review of The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010

CLICK HERE to see part one of a short behind the scenes film about Brian Wilson's new album "No Pier Pressure"

CLICK HERE for Brian Wilson's new song "The Right Time" (feat. Al Jardine) live on SoundStage. and

CLICK HERE for "Wild Honey" feat. Blondie Chaplin & Ricky Fataar

CLICK HERE for a great 2012 Rolling Stone piece about the 2012 Beach Boys reunion

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Better Records, whcih sells old lp pressings that sell for astronomical prices, e.g: The Police’s Synchronicity: $350

CLICK HERE for "It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit"

CLICK HERE for "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Gay Robot

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

CLICK HERE for 1971 tapes of Bob Dylan getting rightfully testy with A.J. Weberman (who used to go through and sell Dylan's garbage)

CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets or CLICK HERE to listen

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story


CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for something odd: on the website of session guitarist Jay Graydon (he plays the guitar solo on Steely Dan's "Peg") he lists playing guitar on Cheap Trick's studio version of "I Want You To Want Me" among his 1977 credits.

CLICK HERE for some audio Illusions - "Can You Trust Your Ears"?

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

CLICK HERE to play Name That Drum Fill

CLICK HERE to read "Phish Has Been a Band for Thirty Years Now and They Have Sucked the Whole Time" and then CLICK HERE to read "This Is What Happens When You Make Fun Of Phish On The Internet"

CLICK HERE for the story of Be Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson and how he says his record label ripped him off

CLICK HERE to read about a recent Jerry Lewis show

CLICK HERE for the new release of 5 Style 1996 live on WFMU

CLICK HERE for proof that Michael Nesmith is a nut

CLICK HERE to see some wise asses I'm a fan of

CLICK HERE to hear Bernard Prurdie talk about all kinds of things - including saying "Ringo's not on anything"

CLICK HERE for a film excerpt "Session Men - Memphis"

CLICK HERE for a laugh

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see drummer Joff from the band Bucky so some drawings of old people

CLICK HERE for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

CLICK HERE to see why the cowardly anonymous culture of the internet drives me even more crazy then art does

CLICK HERE for a little background on the Buddy Rich tapes

CLICK HERE for the The Knack - this clip (with hard panned guitars) will help you understand the division of guitar parts in this song - which is not quite what I thought it was

CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE for a reminder that you have to be 恋のホワン・ホワン (or HERE, or HERE , or HERE , or HERE, or HERE!)

CLICK HERE for info on an odd e-book "Nick Lowe: A Long Career That Never Gets Stale." It is 4 pages long and "sells" for $1.99. The same author has one about Dean Martin that was reviewed like this: "This pamphlet was complete gargbage. A sixth grader could have written a better essay. All of this author's works should be removed from Amazon."

CLICK HERE, but only if you have golden ears

CLICK HERE for some amazing RARE STAX MUSIC from tapes Robert Gordon pulled out of the debris when the STAX building was being torn down!

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for a nice piece about the the L.A. studio musicians who dominated the 70's sound.

I love THESE Beach Boy videos!

CLICK HERE for some classic Jerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

CLICK HERE for Paul Anka's famous post-gig turned into a short film!

CLICK HERE for an recent Montclair Times article on Michael Shelley!

CLICK HERE to read how Big Star's "September Gurls" was recorded at Ardent Studios

Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.

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Listener comments!

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:00am Listener Baby:

Baby, good morning and welcome back! I wish that when I went away somewhere, I had someone to step in and take my place like you do. Mike and Matt show nothing but pride and respect for the privilege of filling in. Have a great show. PS> Love me some Maine.
  11:03am lloyd michigan:

I've heard a much dirtier version from this session.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:04am Frank Above:

Good morning Michael. Good morning Baby. Good morning everyone!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:04am Frank Above:

Anyone hear any good rumors recently?
  11:05am lloyd michigan:

trump is resigning
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:09am Frank Above:

Don't tease Lloyd!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:09am Listener Baby:

Morning Frank!
  11:12am Paul:

Dreaming, not teasing.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:14am Frank Above:

Nothing wrong with a bit of fantasy.
  11:20am Dennis Diken:

Mikey! looking forward to the Norman interview. I had the great pleasure of having drinks at his digs last July when I was in Florence, AL drumming in a revue of the music of Muscle Shoals. have a ball!
  11:23am Dean:

Heard Ronee live at Al's Bar, LA's punk Mecca. Weird venue for her, great show!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:23am Listener Baby:

Chicken Medicine is a fantastic band name. Also, this song sends me many places all of them great.
  11:28am drew.denicola.com:

Mike, isn't his name NORBERT??? Not NORMAN?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:32am Frank Above:

Dany Laj & The Looks get the Frank seal of approval (for what that's worth to any of you).
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:35am Listener Baby:

Shocked you've never played that, Baby. That was just great.
  11:36am Dean:

Believing you shouldn't pay taxes isn't a crime. Not paying taxes is a different story.
  11:36am lloyd michigan:

Summer of 69. Loved Morning Girl.
  11:39am lloyd michigan:

Morning Girl. Not Good Morning Girl. :)
  11:46am ?:

Mike, did you see the Cactus Blossoms on the new Twin Peaks?
  11:46am Mike from SI:

Great David Lynch treatment
Avatar 11:47am Michael Shelley:

I did not - boycotting
  11:51am Dennis Diken:

Norbert, correct, my mistake Drew
Avatar 11:58am Marc Francis:

The Cactus Blossoms were my second favourite band on the new Twin Peaks. Trouble playing 'Snake Eyes' was amazing!
  12:08pm SeanG:

loving the show!
  12:13pm Dennis Diken:

Norbert clarified something for me. I always assumed it was the great drummer Jerry Carrigan who came up with the "Anna" beat on the Arthur Alexander record when in fact it was Kenny Buttrey. Ringo and others used it a goodly bit thereafter.
  12:21pm SeanG:

love arthur so much
  12:28pm davefromtoronto:

ha! that randy bachman clip you linked to is from the only commercial radio station in
toronto that i listen to - BOOM 97.3!

great story, too.
  12:50pm clarke:

this interview is WONDERFUL!! what is the title of the book - want to read immediately!!
  #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:51pm David in ATL from NJ:

That voice IS crystal clear.
  Swag For Life Member 12:53pm tadpoles:

I do love your interviews Michael. Thanks!
Avatar 12:53pm Michael Shelley:

  12:53pm davefromtoronto:

i'm really enjoying this interview, okay?
  12:56pm BEAVO:

Best interview you've ever done kudos.
Avatar 12:57pm Michael Shelley:

okay with me!
  12:58pm clarke:

that was fab sir
  12:58pm Tamar:

Great interview, Michael! Lots of unexpected perspective. [If Rich is still there, can you ask him to call me? Thanks]
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