This week: Norman “Hurricane” Smith! The many talents of Loudon Wainwright III! The return of John Fred & His Playboy Band! And the strange origin of “Dancing in the Moonlight”!
Gilbert and Frank are joined by legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb (“Wichita Lineman,” “Up, Up and Away”), who shares an entire career’s worth of memories and anecdotes, including meeting Elvis, playing baccarat with Ol’ Blue Eyes, turning down 40K a week to play Vegas and and sitting in on a recording session of the “White Album.” Also, Jimmy parties with Paul Williams, crosses swords with Harry Nilsson, joins John Lennon on his “lost weekend” and pens megahits for longtime friend/collaborator Glen Campbell. PLUS: Father Guido Sarducci! The Nelson Riddle Orchestra! David Geffen offers advice! The musical genius of Johnny Rivers! And Jimmy plays “MacArthur Park” in…MacArthur Park! This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/gilbert) and The Rant Is Due with Lewis Black (www.audible.com/lewisblack).
“Popcorn”! Buffy Sainte-Marie! “The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart”! The real Don Draper? And Jerry Lewis covers Mouth & MacNeal!
Veteran Broadway, TV and film actor Tony Roberts stops by the studio to hold court on a wide range of topics, including the intensity of Al Pacino, the minimalism of Robert Mitchum, the eccentricities of Jerome Robbins and the professionalism of Sidney Lumet. Also: Tony runs lines with Edward G. Robinson, takes flight with Mary Poppins, plays the ponies with Mickey Rooney and treads the boards with Abe Vigoda! PLUS: Everett Sloane! “Amityville 3-D”! Woody Allen hits the beach! Tony’s mom dates Uncle Miltie! And Sydney Greenstreet meets…Sydney Greenstreet!
This week: “The Pride and the Passion”! Rickles and Newhart see the world! Don zings the commander in chief! And Fambino Bambazzo buys the farm!
Liverpool-born rocker Billy J. Kramer, a member of the British Invasion and a friend/collaborator of the Beatles, joins Gilbert and Frank to explain the origin of Skiffle, the unusual appeal of the Cavern Club, the subculture known as “Teddy Boys” and Pete Best’s exodus from the Fab Four. Also, Billy signs with Brian Epstein, teams with the Bee Gees, locks horns with George Martin, and covers Neil Diamond and Harry Nilsson. PLUS: “Jukebox Jury”! Billy goes glam! Gilbert salutes Gene Pitney! John Lennon records in the loo! And James Brown upstages the Stones!
“Life Animated”! The artistry of Albert Finney! The collaborations of Sidney Lumet and Sean Connery! And Gilbert stars in his own documentary!