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Bob Barry's Unearthed Interviews
6 minutes | 18 hours ago
The Chordettes were a popular female singing quartet from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. They are best known for their hit songs “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop.” I asked Carol Buschmann about their successful career and Dick Clark’s contribution to their success. She also volunteered some info I had never heard before.
7 minutes | 8 days ago
If Pat Paulsen was here today, he would be running for president. He ran satirical campaigns for President of the United States between 1968 and 1996. In the 1992 Republican Party primaries, he received 10,984 votes. Pat came in second to Bill Clinton in the 1996 New Hampshire primary, even placing ahead of real politician, Buffalo mayor James Griffin. I think you’ll enjoy Paulsen’s dry sense of humor.
9 minutes | 15 days ago
This actress achieved her most lasting recognition as the doomed Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 psychological horror film “Psycho.” It has been listed among the greatest films of all time. Janet Leigh earned an Oscar nomination and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She tells us about the famous shower scene and the length of time it took to shoot it. She’ll explain how she got the part and how they handled nudity at that time. What about the knife plunging into her body while she was in the shower?
7 minutes | 22 days ago
Teresa Brewer was one of the most popular singers of the 1950s, recording more than 600 songs. She had 28 hits, including “Music Music Music,” “’Til I Waltz Again with You,” and “Ricochet.” She was on the Billboard charts for five years. Record research author Joel Whitburn joins me on this interview and he plays a song Teresa wrote and recorded about a popular baseball star. She’ll also tell us which one of her 28 was her biggest hit record.
4 minutes | a month ago
Maureen McGovern, a well-established and talented cabaret and concert vocalist, interpreted songs by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Richard Rodgers. At first she was not impressed with a song that ended up defining her career. In the summer of 1973, “The Morning After” from the movie “The Poseidon Adventure” was a hit for Maureen and ended up being used for special occasions like weddings and graduations.
6 minutes | a month ago
Henry Mancini was an American composer, conductor, and arranger, often called one of the greatest composers in the history of film. He won four Oscars, a Golden Globe and 20 Grammy awards. His best known works include the theme for the Peter Gunn television series, music for the Pink Panther films, and “Moon River” from the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Henry discusses his writing and the movies “Darling Lilly” and “Sunflower.”
7 minutes | a month ago
Alan Alda, who portrayed Captain Hawkeye Pierce on the TV series M*A*S*H, co-wrote 18 episodes and directed 32. The series lasted eight years longer than the actual Korean War. The finale is still the most watched TV episode in American history. Alda is the only actor to have Emmys for acting, writing, and directing in the same series. We’ll find out how he got the part. Was he in the army? Do you know what M*A*S*H means? Did any of the events on M*A*S*H really happen in the Korean War? All that plus some very personal comments from Alda.
6 minutes | 2 months ago
Mike Farrell, an American actor, was best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the television series M*A*S*H. He discusses this extremely popular TV show and how he got into showbiz. The fun really started when he told me a story about his daughter and how she embarrassed him during a People magazine interview in his home.
5 minutes | 2 months ago
If you were television fan in the 70s and 80s you’ll remember the cross dressing corporal, later sergeant, from Toledo, Ohio bucking for a discharge while serving in the Korean War. Jamie Farr was Maxwell Klinger in the CBS television sitcom M*A*S*H. He actually served in the Korean War along with another cast member, Alan Alda. Jamie will detail how they filmed M*A*S*H and tell us about all of the women’s clothing he had to wear and the changes he had to make. One time he couldn’t get out of a dress and had to ask a burly set electrician to unzip it for him. Jamie said the guy is probably still wondering what that was all about. He even won a fashion show honor and has a funny story about modeling a wedding dress. The photo was taken at a telethon.
3 minutes | 2 months ago
William Dale Fries Jr., an American singer, activist and politician, was best known by his stage name, C.W. McCall. During the CB (citizens band) radio craze in the 1970s he had a big hit called “Convoy” which is listed on “Rolling Stone” magazine’s 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time. The song was No. 1 for six weeks and the inspiration for the Sam Peckinpah film “Convoy.” I was curious to know how he came up with his stage name and his CB call name “Rubber Ducky.”
5 minutes | 2 months ago
Richard Dorian Goodman, known as Dickie Goodman, was an American music and record producer. He was best known for his technique of using clips of records to answer question posed by Dickie and his assistant. His hits included: “The Flying Saucer,” “Mr. Jaws” and “The Touchables.” Some record labels sued Goodman for copyright infringement. In the end, the court called it satire and dropped the suit. Dickie mentions that, also how these records came about and what it took to put them together. You’ll hear a sample before the interview.
4 minutes | 3 months ago
These three girls performed for five U.S. presidents and for Queen Elizabeth. The McGuire Sisters recording of “Picnic,” “Sincerely,” and “Sugartime” sold more than one million copies. Two of the sisters joined me for a fun interview. Here’s a sample.
7 minutes | 3 months ago
Captain and Tennille
The husband and wife duo of Captain and Tennille won a Grammy award for record of their year and had several big hits in the 70s. The Captain, Daryl Dragon, explains their roles in show business and Toni Tennille talks about songs she wrote including: ”How Can You Be So Cold When I’m So Hot” which she told me that she didn’t write for Daryl, but then in her book, “Toni Tennille a Memoir” she admits that she did write it for him. At the end of the interview, Toni takes a few shots at me.
4 minutes | 3 months ago
Dyan Cannon is an American actress who was married to actor Cary Grant. She has been nominated for three Academy Awards for “Heaven Can Wait,” “Bob & Carol, Ted and Alice,” and “Number One.” I had heard that she posed nude in several films. She quickly corrected me and added a line that got by the censors. Dyan also mentioned a director whom she had no love for. Photo was taken at the Playboy Club in Lake Geneva.
4 minutes | 3 months ago
Sofia Villani Scicolone, known professionally as Sophia Loren, was an Italian film actress and singer from the Golden Age of Hollywood. She was born in Rome and began her film career in 1951. She won the Best Actress Academy Award for the film “Two Women.” Sophia appeared in many films including “Arabesque” with Gregory Peck, “El Cid” with Charlton Heston, and “Grumpier Old Men” with Walter Matthaw, Jack Lemmon, and Ann Margret. In this short clip she reveals her superstitions and beauty secrets. The movie she refers to with her son Edoardo is “Aurora” from 1984. This image was taken after the interview, in front of the WISN-TV studios.
6 minutes | 3 months ago
Noel Neill (Lois Lane)
Superman fans will love hearing from Noell Neill. She was Lois Lane in the popular classic Superman television series. Noel took up professional acting and modeling in the early 1940s before landing the role of Lois Lane. Christopher Reeves played Superman and Lois explains his untimely death. She also reveals the shocking amount of money they made for those episodes and how they filmed the sequences.
5 minutes | 4 months ago
Bobby Vee was a teen idol in the 60s and had six gold records in his career. He was also a songwriter and appeared in films. Bobby had unusual beginnings, including a big break that came from a tragedy. His producer Snuffy Garrett picked one of his hit records up. There was a stack of songs at the publisher’s office, one for Bobby and the other for the Everly Brothers. Snuffy picked up both stacks and the song “Run to Him” was in the pile. It was written for the Everly Brothers, but became a hit for Bobby Vee in 1961. I was surprised when he told me about his only No. 1 hit, a song he knew would be a hit. Singer-songwriter Carol King wrote it.
8 minutes | 4 months ago
Dolly Parton is a legendary country singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and business woman. I found out that one of her band members was from Milwaukee and her husband is not her biggest fan. She explained her interview in Playboy magazine, her favorite recording artist, biggest hit, a lawsuit, and her wigs. But, how did a piece of the Skylab get into our conversation?
5 minutes | 4 months ago
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, an American pop vocal duet, started their career together when they married in 1957. Steve had several hit records including “Portrait of My Love” and “Go Away Little Girl.” Eydie had a hit in 1963, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova.” They appeared in movies and on TV and won some Grammy and Emmy awards. Steve talks about how they met and Eydie has her thoughts on life in general. A little known piece of trivia: Eydie was a first cousin to singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka.
6 minutes | 4 months ago
Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock on “Star Trek,” told me the makeup for his part took hours to apply. They had scientific people who worked on the show and developed scripts that they felt could actually come true someday. Leonard explains all of that and talks about what it felt like to play his part in “Mission Impossible” and “Star Trek.”
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