SPEAKING WITH LEGENDS, by Steve Ludwig
Well, it's good to know that dreams do indeed come true~
About five years ago, while I was working full-time as an eighth-grade English teacher in New Jersey, I began hosting (at the suggestion of Village Connection Radio's own Evan Ginzburg) my own pop culture internet radio show called Steve Ludwig's Classic Pop Culture.
Since then, I've managed to build up an archive of interviews I've done with undisputed legends in the fields of music, TV, movies, and literature...And yes, I'm still pinching myself!
One of the many things that makes being on Village Connection Radio so special to me is that I have the chance to share these interviews with the wonderful Village Connection audience on my Steve Ludwig's Classic Pop Culture shows here on the station. (Each new show premieres Sunday at 4PM est; past shows will be archived here at the site very shortly.)
So far here at Village Connection, I've done thirteen Classic Pop Culture shows; listening to the interviews on each show once again brings a warm feeling of just how very special, and accommodating, these stars were to me.
Once the archives are downloaded, you'll be able to hear any of the shows you may have missed.
For instance, there was the late LESLEY GORE ("It's My Party," "You Don't Own Me") leaving me a phone message assuring me that she was looking forward to speaking with me later on that evening, and then giving one of the sweetest, friendliest interviews one could imagine.
The co-founder and original bass player of the LOVIN' SPOONFUL ("Summer in the City," "Daydream"), Mr. STEVE BOONE, spoke with me over an hour about the highs and, sometimes very lows, of the life of a rock star.
ARTHUR BROWN, whose huge hit from 1968, "Fire," ("I am the god of hellfire, and I bring you...") put The Crazy World of Arthur Brown on the music map, spoke to me from England while he walked a mile into the woods behind his yard so he could get better phone reception. I asked him what it was like getting death threats from people who felt he was a satanist because of the lyrics to "Fire" (FYI, Mr. Brown is the furthest thing from a satanist as one could get), and his answer was quite telling.
When Graham Nash left the HOLLIES to start CROSBY, STILLS, & NASH, he was replaced by TERRY SYLVESTER. Also speaking to me from England, Terry spoke frankly (and quite humorously) what it was like replacing Nash.
Did you know that TV's Partridge Family was based on the real-life singing family, THE COWSILLS? They were, indeed, and SUSAN COWSILL (along with musician/husband RUSS BROUSSARD) guested on my show. Talk about the ups and downs of life! Susan was as brutally and refreshingly honest as I ever could have hoped for.
"Too many teardrops for one heart to be crying..." Those lyrics are from the ultimate garage song, "96 Tears." They were written and sung by the inimitable QUESTION MARK, of Question Mark & the Mysterians. I remember when I was setting up the interview, I received a message from an associate of Question Mark's explaining to me that I should refer to Question Mark as "Question," "Q," or "Mr. Mark" if I preferred, but under no circumstances call him by his given name (Rudy Martinez). Well, needless to say, Q's interview remains the funniest and strangest interviews I've ever conducted.
TOMMY ROE toured with the Beatles, even opening for them at their first-ever U.S. concert appearance, in Washington, DC. Mr. Roe himself has sold millions upon millions of records with hits like "Dizzy," "Sweet Pea," "Hooray for Hazel," and "Sheila." You can imagine the stories Tommy shared with me during our interview!
And those are just a few of the interviews I've been lucky enough to share here on Village Connection Radio with all of you faithful listeners.
Naturally, we also have tons of cool music to go along with each and every episode of Steve Ludwig's Classic Pop Culture.
Also soon to be archived are the fourteen Beatles Hour with Steve Ludwig shows I've done here at VCR.
PLUS ~ I've been given the OK to do a British Invasion music show as well. Our third show of BI was broadcast on May 28.
And the common denominator of it all is having the opportunity to share all this music and memories with all of you, our faithful Village Connection Radio listeners!