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Why Barry Manilow Was Intimidated To Work With This Iconic Singer

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.29.2014 | Fifty

Barry Manilow has worked as a producer for a slew of A-list acts and is a music superstar in his own right, so it takes a lot to intimidate him -- but...

First Nighter: Bacharach Revue Awkwardly Asks 'What's It All About?' -- Steve Tyrell Smoothly Answers

David Finkle | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Truth is, Tyrell's effortlessly infallible phrasing has the effect of making what he does appealingly conversational. The emotion he's experiencing is a component of his seemingly off-handed -- smile-smile-smile -- style. Let's just say he's singing for all generations.

Nilsson Still, Son! Chatting with Jimmy Webb on Harry Nilsson, Plus Catching Up with Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I think now is a great time to go back and take another look at Harry, in light of what we know about all the drug use and all the crazy stuff that we were all into and that he seemed to gravitate towards. He reveled in offending people, to be honest with you. It didn't bother him too much."

Dionne Warwick: Living for Now

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 01.07.2013 | Black Voices
Dustin Fitzharris

As Dionne Warwick approaches 72, she is still filled with vitality and looks ahead to new challenges. She holds to the advice her grandfather gave her when she was 6 years old: "If you can think it, you can do it."

Jazzin' Around: Conversations With David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour and Kurt Elling

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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50 Years of A&M Records: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"If you're prepared for what you'd like to do with the rest of your life and you're putting in the time and are passionate about what you're doing, you have to just stay with it. There's no magic formula for how to get through the maze."

Music Legend Hal David Passes, But His Lyrics Still Resonate

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 11.02.2012 | Entertainment
Brian Levin, J.D.

Lyricists, often a forgotten footnote, breathe life and meaning into a melody. It is the lyrics that tie the emotion of both the music and the singer entrusted to it, to deliver a message that can touch our hearts, something few can rarely accomplish.

Legendary Songwriter Dies At 91

AP | BOB THOMAS and CHRISTOPHER WEBER | Posted 11.01.2012 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a...

Obama Presents Award For Popular Song

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored Burt Bacharach and Hal David on Wednesday night as "two kings of songwriting," presenting them the n...

Grammytech 2: A Conversation With Bob Clearmountain, Plus Chatting With Steve Tyrell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The thing with Bruce, and any artist like Bruce, is that the most important thing is the song, getting across the meaning and the character of the song. Bruce is almost like an actor in that he creates a character for each of his songs.

Jimmy Webb: Still Making the Music That Will Likely Last Forever

Ellen Sterling | Posted 10.30.2011 | Entertainment
Ellen Sterling

"Music," Jimmy Webb says firmly, "can save the world. It already has done so more than once. It will do so again. But, we have to save the music."

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Finds a Home

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Most songwriters, even successful ones, toil alone or with a single collaborator. To call them unsung would be oxymoronic, but with a few exceptions t...

HuffPost Video Premiere: Pegi Young's "Starting Over," plus a Conversation with Jimmy Webb

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Pegi Young -- yes, wife of legendary artist Neil Young -- has a new video of her song "Starting Over" and HuffPost has the premiere of the music clip.

Easy Listener: Why You Should Know Singer Joyce Breach

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

There's a world-class pop singer you may not know about but absolutely should. She's Joyce Breach, who's been hiding her mellow light under lucky urban bushes.

From Philly International to The Berklee College Of Music: A Conversation With Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This weekend, the legendary R&B songwriting team will receive honorary doctorates in recognition of the 3500 songs they've produced over their 35-year partnership. In this interview, they reflect on their extraordinary careers.

HuffPost Exclusive: The 40th Anniversary of Carpenters / Interview with Richard Carpenter

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Richard Carpenter: "So many people have said to us, 'We can understand every word to your songs,' which, with all the pop and rock records at the time, was difficult to do."