Phil Harrell

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Yusuf Revisits 'Tea For The Tillerman,' His Landmark Album As Cat Stevens

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Known as Yusuf since becoming a Muslim in the late '70s, the man who was Cat Stevens discusses Tea for the Tillerman 2, a reimagining of his now-50-year-old masterpiece.


Grand Ole Opry Announcer Eddie Stubbs To Retire

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

After a 25-year career as the announcer of the Grand Ole Opry, Eddie Stubbs is leaving after Wednesday night's show. He says he has seen one amazing performance after another.


50 Years Ago, Casey Kasem Began Counting Down The Hits On American Top 40

Friday, July 03, 2020

Casey Kasem started counting down the top 40 hits 50 years ago this weekend. The radio program "American Top 40" would become an enduring cultural document of the country's listening habits.


Ronnie Dyson: A Transitional Soul Figure Lost To Time

Thursday, April 23, 2020

For One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs, Mark Anthony Neal recommends Ronnie Dyson's "Ain't Nothing Wrong." He's known mostly for 1970's "(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?"


Combining Film Scores And Pop Rock, Wall Of Voodoo Was Not Just A One-Hit Wonder

Thursday, April 09, 2020

As part of NPR's series "One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs," music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas recommends "Ring of Fire" by Wall of Voodoo. The band is mostly known for its 1983 hit "Mexican Radio."


Love And Rockets' Psychedelic Train Ride Laid The Foundation For Alt-Rock

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

For "One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs," Jim Novak of Minneapolis record store Electric Fetus recommends "Yin and Yang (The Flowerpot Man)" by Love and Rockets, mostly known for 1989's "So Alive."


Letting Neneh Cherry Mature Past Her 1989 Pop Zeitgeist Moment

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

For "One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs," Jayna Brown, Black culture researcher at the Pratt Institute, recommends "Kong" by Neneh Cherry. Cherry is best known for her 1989 hit "Buffalo Stance."


'Art Shouldn't Be Painful': How Wajatta Combines Improvisation And Production

Friday, February 28, 2020

The electronic duo, composed of improvisational musician and comedian Reggie Watts and LA dance music powerhouse John Tejada, talk about their second album, Don't Let Get You Down.


Revisiting Talk Talk, A Band Worried About Being A 'Laughing Stock'

Thursday, February 27, 2020

As part of NPR's series One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs, Guy Raz recommends "Ascension Day" by Talk Talk. The group is mostly known for its 1984 hit, "It's My Life."


Synonymous With Soul, Percy Sledge Transcended The Muscle Shoals Sound

Thursday, February 20, 2020

For our series One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs, NPR Music Senior Director Lauren Onkey recommends "Out of Left Field" by Percy Sledge. He's known mostly for his 1966 hit, "When a Man Loves a Woman."


Scritti Politti And The Punk/Pop Inflection Point

Thursday, February 13, 2020

For "One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs," veteran music writer Maura Johnston recommends "The Sweetest Girl" by the band Scritti Politti. They're known mostly for their 1985 hit "Perfect Way."


Beyond Santana: Malo And The Forgotten Wave Of '70s Latin Rock Bands

Monday, February 10, 2020

For "One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs," Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras recommends "Momotombo" by Malo. The band is known for hit "Suavecito," and often overshadowed by rock peer Santana.


The Overlooked Activist Power Of Marlena Shaw

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

As part of NPR's "One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs," Vanderbilt professor Emily Lordi recommends "Woman of the Ghetto" by Marlena Shaw. She's known mostly for her 1969 hit, "California Soul."


The Forgotten Wordplay And Songcraft Of Harvey Danger

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

For NPR's "One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs," NPR Music's Stephen Thompson recommends "Happiness Writes White" by the band Harvey Danger. The band is known mostly for their 1997 hit "Flagpole Sitta."


The Georgia Satellites: A Southern Rock Band Lost To The MTV Era

Thursday, January 23, 2020

For NPR's One-Hit Wonders / Second-Best Songs series, Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis recommends "Battleship Chains" by The Georgia Satellites, known for "Keep Your Hands to Yourself."


Janis Ian Was More Than Just A Teenager

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

As part of NPR's series "One-Hit Wonders / Second-Best Songs," NPR Music's Ann Powers nominates "Jesse" by Janis Ian. She's known mostly for her 1975 hit "At Seventeen."


Zane Lowe On The Power Of Spandau Ballet

Monday, January 06, 2020

As part of NPR's series "One-Hit Wonders / Second-Best Songs," BBC Radio legend Zane Lowe nominates "Gold" by Spandau Ballet. The group is mostly known for its 1983 Top 10 hit "True."


Forget Eileen: Ted Leo On The Unsung Greatness Of Dexys Midnight Runners

Thursday, January 02, 2020

As part of NPR's series One-Hit Wonders / Second-Best Songs, musician Ted Leo says the British band known for "Come On Eileen" has more to offer — and points to one song as a perfect example.


Ana Gasteyer's 'Sugar & Booze' Is Holiday Music With 'A Modern Wink'

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer's new Christmas album, Sugar & Booze, is partly a send-up of the holiday and partly an earnest embrace of its warmth.


Celebrating 50 Years Of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'

Friday, October 04, 2019

Spam was at the center of a classic Monty Python sketch, and their association with the forcemeat had an even longer shelf life than the product itself.