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Monday, October 17, 2011

If anyone could lay claim to the title “Father of the Music Video,” it might well be Michael Lindsay-Hogg. That’s because he was there at its birth. Today, we visit with the director of The Beatles’ Let it Be, Simon and Garfunkel's Concert in Central Park, the British music show, Ready, Steady Go, and more. Plus, The Bo-Keys bring their Memphis soul sound live to our studio.

Father of the Music Video

Michael Lindsay-Hogg didn’t set out to become father of the music video – but that’s just what the pioneering filmmaker did…with a little luck, and circumstance. He got his start in 1965 at the British music show, Ready, Steady Go, and went on to direct The Beatles’ Let It Be, The Rolling Stones’ Rock And Roll Circus and much more. He joins us today with a new memoir, called “Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York and Points Beyond.”

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In Studio: The Bo-Keys

The Bo-Keys bring an old fashioned Memphis sound to their latest album “Got To Get Back.” But it’s not a revival – these guys are the real deal. Although the band formed in 1998, many of the members, like guitarist Charles “Skip” Pitts, have been recording for the soul city’s labels since the 1960s and 70s. They join us in studio for a live performance.

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Bonus Track: The Bo-Keys

The Bo-Keys isn't just a soul revival band making a play on the past. Among its members are musicians who've played alongside Al Green, Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes - the man behind the Academy Award-winning theme from Shaft. Bo-Keys co-founder Skip Pitts is the guitarist playing the "wah-wah" riff in the opening of the original theme - and he and the band stuck around after we went off the air to play us their version of the iconic tune.

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Alamo Race Track

Gig Alert: Alamo Race Track

The Dutch indie rockers Alamo Race Track plays the Mercury Lounge on Monday night. Download the band's bouncy single "Apples" for free here.

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