A Breath of Fresh Air

Sandy Kaye

A music magazine that celebrates the music we grew up with and the people who made it. It's a deep dive into the hits of the 60's 70’s and 80’s as we track down your (and my) favourite artists who provided the soundtrack to our lives. Together we relive that magical musical era and check in with some of the biggest names of the day. It's all about their lives, their stories and their music. Join me for a series of warm, friendly, personal and enriching conversations. Revisit the music and remember where you were when. This really IS A Breath of Fresh Air. Would you like to request a guest? It's easy. Simply get in touch with me through the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.auhttps://linktr.ee/abreathoffreshair

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Gordon Lightfoot opens up, Elvis Costello on life and latest music and Peter Frampton talks career high and lowlights
Jul 29 2022
Gordon Lightfoot opens up, Elvis Costello on life and latest music and Peter Frampton talks career high and lowlights
This week: It's our 100th episode of A Breath of Fresh Air so we're celebrating by bringing you the most requested artists of all time. We hear from the stars and reminisce through their classic hits. You voted for these guys so here they are.We start with the inimitable GORDON LIGHTFOOT who at 83 years of age is still going strong and currently out on tour. Gordon walks us through many of the highlights of his mammoth career but also shares some of his deepest regrets. Don't miss an extraordinary chat with the 60+ year legend of country and folk music. I know many of Gordon's fans have never heard him speak like this before.Declan Patrick McManus is better known as ELVIS COSTELLO – the English singer songwriter and record producer who’s won multiple awards, including Grammys. He’s married to singer Diana Krall and is dad to three sons. With his sixth album out now since 2020, Elvis shares some of the stories of his career, explains the thought process he uses to make music and why his most recent songs can only be described as urgent and immediate. A fascinating chat coupled with some exhilarating tunes.Our third superstar this week is the one and only PETER FRAMPTON whose breakthrough success came with the amazing double concert album Frampton Comes Alive, released in January 1976. It was so phenomenally successful, and his resultant fame so widespread, that it is hard to remember a time when he wasn’t a household name. Peter has had so many ups and downs during the course of his career but I'd bet no-one would have thought his good looks would've been one of his hindrances. A car accident nearly killed him, he lost his love of his life and more recently has been diagnosed with a muscular degenerative disease that is set to prevent him from playing guitar. Our chat was nothing short of heartwarming and my affection for this man (already at a high level) grew beyond expectation. I'm sure you'll enjoy getting to know him  too.Join me won’t you? And if you’d like to hear from someone from this era - just send me a message through the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au I would LOVE to hear from you!Warmest regardsSandy--- Send in a voice message:
Gordon Lightfoot opens up, Elvis Costello on life and latest music and Peter Frampton talks career high and lowlights
Jul 29 2022
Gordon Lightfoot opens up, Elvis Costello on life and latest music and Peter Frampton talks career high and lowlights
This week: It's our 100th episode of A Breath of Fresh Air so we're celebrating by bringing you the most requested artists of all time. We hear from the stars and reminisce through their classic hits. You voted for these guys so here they are.We start with the inimitable GORDON LIGHTFOOT who at 83 years of age is still going strong and currently out on tour. Gordon walks us through many of the highlights of his mammoth career but also shares some of his deepest regrets. Don't miss an extraordinary chat with the 60+ year legend of country and folk music. I know many of Gordon's fans have never heard him speak like this before.Declan Patrick McManus is better known as ELVIS COSTELLO – the English singer songwriter and record producer who’s won multiple awards, including Grammys. He’s married to singer Diana Krall and is dad to three sons. With his sixth album out now since 2020, Elvis shares some of the stories of his career, explains the thought process he uses to make music and why his most recent songs can only be described as urgent and immediate. A fascinating chat coupled with some exhilarating tunes.Our third superstar this week is the one and only PETER FRAMPTON whose breakthrough success came with the amazing double concert album Frampton Comes Alive, released in January 1976. It was so phenomenally successful, and his resultant fame so widespread, that it is hard to remember a time when he wasn’t a household name. Peter has had so many ups and downs during the course of his career but I'd bet no-one would have thought his good looks would've been one of his hindrances. A car accident nearly killed him, he lost his love of his life and more recently has been diagnosed with a muscular degenerative disease that is set to prevent him from playing guitar. Our chat was nothing short of heartwarming and my affection for this man (already at a high level) grew beyond expectation. I'm sure you'll enjoy getting to know him  too.Join me won’t you? And if you’d like to hear from someone from this era - just send me a message through the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au I would LOVE to hear from you!Warmest regardsSandy--- Send in a voice message:
Mott the Hoople's Verden Allen new album, let's do bubblegum with 1910 FruitGum Company's Frank Jeckell and meet Aussie icon, John Williamson
Jul 22 2022
Mott the Hoople's Verden Allen new album, let's do bubblegum with 1910 FruitGum Company's Frank Jeckell and meet Aussie icon, John Williamson
Welshman, VERDEN ALLEN founded the British hard rock band, MOTT THE HOOPLE in the early 70's. The band was a mix of glam, metal and attitude that was bolstered by Ian Hunter's clever and thoughtful songwriting. Mott The Hoople had a tough, muscular sound but their lack of mainstream success meant its members inevitably splintered apart. Most famous for a song given to them by David Bowie, this week Verden recounts those early days and previews his latest solo album.The 1910 FRUIT GUM COMPANY has been credited with launching the craze known as bubblegum music and they certainly found an enthusiastic audience with fans looking for something sweeter than the edgy rock music of the late 60’s. History has it that the group consisted of session musicians but 1910’s band leader, FRANK JECKELL says they were railroaded into playing bubblegum music and this is totally untrue. I caught up with Frank in New Jersey this week to discover that 1910 is still alive, well and playing to crowds today.He’s one of Australia’s most iconic singer songwriters who’s helped give the country a voice and made millions of Aussies proud to be just that. JOHN WILLIAMSON boasts fans of all ages but I learned this week that his biggest support base is actually young Aussie males. Guys like Ned who asked me to bring John onto the show. Even if you dislike the rather quirky music, meeting John will give you a sense of his passion and an understanding of the influence he still exerts today.Join me? And don't forget it you'd like to 'request a guest' simply send me a message through the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au I'll track down and find anyone you'd like to hear from - as long as they were making music in the 60's, 70's or 80's! Send in a voice message:
The Equals' Pat Lloyd on then and now, 'Mr Spiders and Snakes' Jim Stafford tell us about talk songs and Kiwi 80's superstar Sharon O'Neill meets one of her fans
Jul 14 2022
The Equals' Pat Lloyd on then and now, 'Mr Spiders and Snakes' Jim Stafford tell us about talk songs and Kiwi 80's superstar Sharon O'Neill meets one of her fans
This week:Remember the UK band, the EQUALS? If you were around in the late 60's early 70's there's no way you escaped hearing their smash hit 'Baby Come Back' all over the radio. Well, this week, founding member Patrick Lloyd joins me to tell us what it was like being one of the world's first multi-racial groups, how difficult it was for EDDY GRANT to recover from injuries sustained in a car accident and what the band is up to today. Yes, they're still around! They even have a new single out.In our One-Hit-Wonder segment, I'm excited to introduce you to, Mr Spiders and Snakes, JIM STAFFORD - best known for his humorous country novelty songs of the mid-'70s. The multi-instrumentalist also enjoyed a lengthy career as a television personality and live entertainer and gives us the lowdown on his career high and lowlights as well as his marriage to singer songwriter, BOBBIE GENTRY.Kiwi superstar singer/songwriter, SHARON O'NEILL built up a huge following in Australia and NZ during the 80’s and was a firm favourite with the boys. In fact, you could say she was something of a heart throb. Just ask one of our listeners who asked to me to find Sharon for him. I happily gave Steve the opportunity to say hi to his long time crush and he told us that he still gets into trouble with his wife for remembering Sharon’s birthday and not hers. You too can meet Sharon this week. She has some terrific stories to tell!Join me? And if you’d like to request a guest simply send me a message through the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au
ABOFA - Air Supply, Richie Furay and UK singer/songwriter Barry Blue
Jul 8 2022
ABOFA - Air Supply, Richie Furay and UK singer/songwriter Barry Blue
If you, like me, have been into music for some time, the name RICHIE FURAY should be very familiar to you. He was a founding member of Buffalo Springfield with Neil Young and Stephen Stills and then formed Poco with Jim Messina. Today, Richie Furay runs solo and has just released a terrific new album of his favourite tunes, called 'In the Country'. He joins me this week to chat about the album and the highs and lows in his life to date.BARRY BLUE started out as a singer in the UK but quickly turned his talents to writing. He found success with several big name acts like Diana Ross, Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion and even scored hits in the 80's when he got into the disco craze. Meeting Barry this week was a real treat and I learnt so much about him. Who knew his real name had been Barry Green? Find out why he changed it by tuning in.A regular feature of our show is the requests we get from you and this week's no exception. I was asked to check in with with Australia’s soft-rock duo, AIR SUPPLY to see what the guys are up to these days. So, I hunted around and found GRAHAM RUSSELL in the mid-west of the USA where he spends a great deal of time when he's not playing - gardening! We talked about the hits and touring and his enduring passion for both music and the land. Amazing what you find out really. Definitely worth a listen.Don't forget, if you'd like to hear from one of your favourite artists from the 60s, 70s or 80s - just ask me to find them for you. Send me a message sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au
ABOFA - Pete Murray, Billy Swan and Procol Harum's Mick Grabham
Jul 2 2022
ABOFA - Pete Murray, Billy Swan and Procol Harum's Mick Grabham
Thanks so much for joining me. This week: He's an Australian artist who's produced 20 singles and 7 studio albums, the first of which reached number one and stayed in the top 100 for two and a half years. He’s won countless awards and is known as the quiet achiever of the Aussie music scene. PETE MURRAY has just released a couple of new EP’s. I tracked him down to his home in Byron Bay, NSW to learn more about his latest music.BILLY SWAN epitomises the genre that is 'One-Hit-Wonders' and he couldn't be happier about it. He never imagined he'd find success at all but went on to work with Kris Kristofferson and to produce the legendary Polk Salad Annie for Tony Joe White. Can you name Billy's signature tune? If you said ' I Can Help' - you're right! Tune in to hear all of Billy's stories, they’re amazing.They were one of the UK's most respected rock bands and their guitarist, MICK GRABHAM was one of the best. Best known for his five-year stint in the 1970s, Mick had previously played in the minor British late-'60s band Plastic Penny, also logging in time with the even more obscure Cochise and the Guitar Orchestra. I catch up with Mick this week both to reminisce about his days with Procol Harum and to preview his fabulous new solo album.Any guest requests? Just send me an email to sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au Check out the website too where you can subscribe and read lots of extra tidbits about my guests. www.abreathoffreshair.com.auAlso, let me know what you think of the show and if you like it, could you do me a favour and  please share it with your friends?ThanksLove Sandy
ABOFA - Samantha Fish, Sniff 'n' the Tears' Paul Roberts and Foghat's Bryan Bassett
Jun 24 2022
ABOFA - Samantha Fish, Sniff 'n' the Tears' Paul Roberts and Foghat's Bryan Bassett
She's young, she's passionate and she is oh so talented. I'm talking about guitarist SAMANTHA FISH who's taking the world by storm with her latest album, Faster. I caught up with Samantha to discover a young woman hell bent on making the best music she can, and she's not fussed if that pursuit costs her the opportunity to become a mother.He's responsible for one of the best one-hit-wonders of all time but he is so much more than that. PAUL ROBERTS founded the band SNIFF AND THE TEARS in the early 70's and the song DRIVER'S SEAT climbed to number one in 1992 when an ad for car stereos brought it to the attention of a whole new audience. Today Paul is still making music but he's also a fabulous artist -join me as we meet the man this week.English Blues and rock band FOGHAT came to America after a successful stint as SAVOY BROWN. Guitarist BRYAN BASSETT joined them after his band WILD CHERRY had disbanded and together they continue to wow audiences everywhere. BRYAN joins me this week to explain the genesis of the group and the appeal their music still holds.Do  you have an artist from the 60's, 70's or 80's that you'd like to hear from? I would love to get them onto the show for you. And perhaps you'd like to say hi to them too? It's super easy. All you have to do is reach out to me and request them. I'll do my very best to make it happen for you. All my contact details are here. love to hear from you. Let me know if you like what you're hearing or any suggestions you have. And, if you haven't already, could you do me a huge favour? Subscribe or follow this show and maybe leave me a rating and review? I'd be incredibly grateful. Happy listening xx
ABOFA - Suzi Quatro, The Undisputed Truth's Joe Harris and Aussie legend Doug Ashdown
Jun 10 2022
ABOFA - Suzi Quatro, The Undisputed Truth's Joe Harris and Aussie legend Doug Ashdown
Hi, it's Sandy, thanks for joining me today. The First Lady of Rock is 71 years old and proud of it. SUZI QUATRO has just celebrated her 50-year long career in the music industry with a massive 2.5 hour show at London’s Royal Albert Hall that audiences are raving about. This week she's releasing a 3 cd box set, a 2 CD box set AND her latest book - her 7th! It makes me tired just thinking about it.I caught up with the irrepressible pocket rocket from her 15th century home in the UK where she tells me all about her poems, her amazing energy levels and her 'EGO' room on the top floor of her house.Do you remember THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH? They were a Motown recording act in the early 70’s, put together in the image of The Temptations although lead singer, JOE HARRIS denies this. He’s been with the group since day one (although he's been singing since 1957) and he walks us through those early days when the group sang on Edwin Starr’s War, on Ain’t No Mountain High Enough with Diana Ross and on Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed and Delivered. Today Undisputed Truth are one of only 3 Motown acts that are still current and feature more than one of their original members.Very reluctantly, Australian veteran singer-songwriter DOUG ASHDOWN agreed to have a chat with me this week. Doug is now 80 and living in Adelaide, Australia, far removed from the hustle and bustle that once followed him as he spent decades on top of the charts. As he reflects on his career, we hear the stories behind his many classic hits including "Winter in America".I also report back for one of our listeners who asked me to track down English 60's pop sensation POLLY BROWN. Polly used to front a band called PICKETY WITCH. Well, after a lot of hard digging I finally have some answers to share. Remember, if you'd like me to track down someone for you and bring them onto the show - one of your favourite artists from the 60's, 70's or 80's - just send me an email through the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au or dm me through any of my socials love to hear from you and if you like what you're hearing ... I'd be so grateful if you could leave a review/rating and subscribe.
ABOFA - Charlie Musselwhite, The Foundations' Alan Warner and Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Jun 3 2022
ABOFA - Charlie Musselwhite, The Foundations' Alan Warner and Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Hi, this is Sandy, thanks for joining me for this week's episode. I'm so excited to be able to introduce you to three terrific musical guests.Grammy Award-winning music legend CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE  is renowned worldwide as a master harmonica player, a seasoned, truth-telling vocalist and an original songwriter rooted deep in the blues tradition. He’s won 14 Blues Music Awards, been nominated for six Grammys, and received multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards.  With a new album out now, I caught up with Charlie in Clarksdale Mississippi and discovered a humble, down to earth and extremely talented gentleman.They were a family band from Florida; siblings Carter, Eddie, Rose and Billie Jo Cornelius and were the toast of the town in 1972 with a song that climbed the charts right around the world. The CORNELIUS BROTHERS AND SISTER ROSE  imploded though after they tasted success. Rose shares their story with us this week.Who could forget British band, THE FOUNDATIONS? Their smash hit, 'Build Me Up Buttercup' took the world by storm and remains a firm favourite for many people the world over.  The band started out in the late 60’s as a 12-piece group and made their mark as one of the first multi racial acts to perform in London. Founding member ALAN WARNER tells us all about the band's incredible journey.Like what you hear? Perhaps you’d like to request a guest? Simply send me an email - sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.auAnd don't forget to take a look at my website www.abreathoffreshair.com.au
ABOFA - Jimmy Webb, The O'Jays Eric Nolan and David Sterry from Real Life
May 27 2022
ABOFA - Jimmy Webb, The O'Jays Eric Nolan and David Sterry from Real Life
This week I’m excited to catch up with one of the best known and most loved singer- songwriters from the '60s and '70s.  He’s written hundreds of tunes many of which you’ll instantly recognise. The extraordinary JIMMY WEBB takes us on a journey through his life, from humble beginnings on the farm in midwest America to Hollywood where he lived the life of excess, hobnobbed with the who’s who of showbiz and when honoured with multiple grammy awards, finally met the artist he’d most admired since childhood.We’ll also catch up with Soul and R&B legends THE O’JAYS  who are bringing their tenure of 60 years to a close with one final tour. The O’Jays were the first black vocal group to perform in arenas across the US and after more than 70 years of singing together, founding members Eddie Levert Sr and Walter Williams Sr are on the road to remind audiences of their lifelong passion. Joining them is ERIC NOLAN GRANT, who's been with the band since 1995 and has just released his first solo single. Eric tells us what life is like being part of such a legendary group.Remember Australia’s new wave and synth-pop band, REAL LIFE?  The band had a string of hits in the 80’s and hit number one worldwide with their song 'Send Me An Angel'.  The song was the making of the band but lineup changes and issues with anxiety and depression saw the band fade from the spotlight.   We meet the band’s founder DAVID STERRY who has just resurrected Real Life with the release of a brand new album.Join me, won’t you?Do you have a guest you’d like to request? If so, please get in touch with me via the website www.abreathoffreshair.com.auIf you like what you hear, please don't forget to subscribe to the podcast too! And maybe tell your friends. Every little bit helps. I'd really appreciate it!
ABOFA - George Baker Selection, Johny Barbata (Turtles, Jefferson Starship, CSNY), Bonham-Bullick band
Apr 17 2022
ABOFA - George Baker Selection, Johny Barbata (Turtles, Jefferson Starship, CSNY), Bonham-Bullick band
Let me introduce you to the UK Blues-rock band BONHAM-BULLICK. Singer/songwriter DEBORAH BONHAM is actually sister to the late John Bonham who we all knew as the drummer for Led Zeppelin.  Deborah and Peter Bulick are husband and wife and their new self-titled covers album is and an inspiring blend of blues, rock, and a bit of soul. Meet Deborah and Peter and check out their music.Ever wondered who George Baker from THE GEORGE BAKER SELECTION really is? We discover this week that Hans Bouwens survived the 2nd world war as a child and was raised by his mother in the Netherlands. He spent his school days staring out of windows, dreaming about the day he could be a singer. At 14 he left school and went to work so he could buy himself a guitar. Today you know him as GEORGE BAKER from the George Baker Selection. George tells me what lies behind the hits, Little Green Bag and Una Paloma Blanca and provides an insight into his life.He’s performed, recorded and jammed with more rock stars than any other drummer in the history of rock n roll. He’s played on more than 100 albums and on 28 hit singles. We catch up with JOHNY BARBATA who thrills us with some amazing stories from the road. If you'd like to hear more, grab a copy of his book 'The Legendary Life of a Rockstar Drummer by emailing johny – johnybarbata@gmail.comAnd, don't forget, if you'd like to request a guest, just send me a message sandy@abreathoffreshair.com.au
ABOFA - Joan Armatrading, Bad Finger, John Oates, Pointer Sisters, Gordon Lightfoot, Dion Di Mucci
Apr 12 2022
ABOFA - Joan Armatrading, Bad Finger, John Oates, Pointer Sisters, Gordon Lightfoot, Dion Di Mucci
This week we catch up with JOAN ARMATRADING who recently celebrated her 70th birthday. Born in the West Indies, she's been singing up a storm for 50 years. 22 albums, countless music awards and several honours later she's still on fire.JOEY MOLLAND was the lead singer for the band BAD FINGER. Today he is its sole surviving member. Joey tells us all about the good times and the bad.Everyone knows JOHN OATES as one half of the best-selling duo of all time, HALL & OATES. Together with DARYL HALL whom he met while studying journalism at university, the pair have had 6 #1 hits, recorded 21 albums and sold more than 80 million records. John also works solo and was about to perform a live stream concert when I caught up with him.June, Bonnie, Ruth and Anita Pointer who were huge during the 70’s and 80’s as THE POINTER SISTERS. Unfortunately both June and Bonnie have since passed away. I caught up with Anita to hear the latest.Meet GORDON LIGHTFOOT - singer-songwriter and guitarist who’s achieved huge worldwide success in folk-rock, and country music. At 81, he’s still pumping out the music and touring today. After several months of trying, I managed to get Gordon on the other end of the phone line from his home in Toronto.Doo-Wop legend, DION DI MUCCI joins us too to tell us all about his latest music which includes friends, Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen. What a charmer!Join me!"A Breath Of Fresh Air" with Sandy Kaye.