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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 04:34 PM
I've been thinking a lot about this lately, probably because I recently read Jerry Wexler's book "Rhythm & the Blues", Bill Graham's book "Bill Graham Presents", watched the Tom Dowd film "Tom Dowd and the Language of Music", and most recently read about the passing of Ahmet Ertegun.

Anyway, my question is this: If you could spend dinner and an evening in conversation with a music industry exec (not an artist) who would it be?

I considered Bill Graham, Tom Dowd, Ahmet Ertegun, Sam Phillips, Leonard Chess, Jerry Wexler, David Geffen, Phil Walden, Clive Davis, and a few others. I finally decided on Ahmet Ertegun because his life seems so interesting and his career covered such a long and exciting time period. He was deeply involved in the promotion of jazz, R&B, blues, and rock, and influenced the careers of so many artists. I'd have loved to hear his stories. Bill Graham is a close second for me.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 04:36 PM
I'd have Jessica Alba sing me lullabies.

does that count?

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 04:44 PM
Without question, Clive Davis. Once of the greatest music executives ever. Of course as soon as I type this I thought of Sir George Martin. Both would be fantastic.
 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 04:47 PM
Depends who has the best drugs.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 05:01 PM
can I a take a trip to the magic kingdowm with Fred Rodgers?

Fred was a fine pianist and composer. would have loved to sit at the piano with Mr. Rodgers

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 05:08 PM
without a doubt......... Tom Dowd.

Just being in that guy's presence would have been enough. Everyone that was ever around him seems to have this golden touch on music..... He was an amazing man.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 05:11 PM
I've been extremely blessed to come to know Johnny Sandlin. More than I could ask or think. A lifetime of stories, some still evolving.
 
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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 05:14 PM
I'm gonna take it down to the local level and say John Scher who owned and managed the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ and, I think, managed the Allman Brothers for awhile in the 80's.
I'd love to hear some of the stories that he could tell about the shows he put on from the early 70's through the mid 80's.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 05:31 PM
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I've been extremely blessed to come to know Johnny Sandlin. More than I could ask or think. A lifetime of stories, some still evolving.

i was gonna say mr. johnny!

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 06:27 PM
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I'd have Jessica Alba sing me lullabies.

does that count?


yes !

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 06:35 PM
Phil Walden just to talk about Duane and Otis.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 06:39 PM
I would have to go with Betty, Dot, and Helen Wiggins.

DH

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 06:45 PM
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I'd have Jessica Alba sing me lullabies.

does that count?


You sly devil!! Hehehe...

Bill Graham for me!

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 07:03 PM
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I would have to go with Betty, Dot, and Helen Wiggins.

DH



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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 07:19 PM
First choice would be Sir George Martin..... then Mr Tom Dowd...these guys really aren't Execs so I hope I've made a qualifying choice

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:01 PM
I would like to spend an evening with Tom Dowd and if allowed a second guest I would like George Harrison to join us. Either those guys or Johnny of the Fishcamp and Brofan, either would be an entertaining evening!

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:17 PM
Terry Kath of Chicago

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:20 PM
Without querstion... Sir George Martin.

Though Tom Dowd would be interesting to talk to as well.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:27 PM
Clive Davis.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 08:39 PM
I'm thinking that Sam Phillips would have had a wealth of facinating stories. He'd be my first pick...

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 09:13 PM
Tom Dowd for certain. He was at the vanguard of so many things. Changing the way music was recorded, starting out with Atlantic records. Clive Davis may have discovered Bob Dylan and Springsteen, but Ahmet found everyone else. Tom help craft the music of Ray Charles, Aretha, Cream, ABB, D&D, etc. Then there's his part in the Manhattan Project. I wouldn't mind listening to just that all evening. Tom Dowd was a certified genius.
 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 09:20 PM
Sam Phillips.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2006 at 09:44 PM
Not music big-wigs, but I'd like to listen to John Hammond and Alan Lomax tell their stories.

 

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  posted on 12/28/2006 at 06:33 AM
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  posted on 12/28/2006 at 08:37 AM
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can I a take a trip to the magic kingdowm with Fred Rodgers?

Fred was a fine pianist and composer. would have loved to sit at the piano with Mr. Rodgers


Great post. I once saw an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood where he sat in with a jazz trio. They did a swing version of his theme song and it was really cool. He was a beautiful man on top of his musical and television talents. For the record he didn't really have tattoos covering both arms. I heard him squelch that rumor in an NPR interview.

 
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