Pop Chronicles Interviews #170 - Kay Starr
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- Gilliland explains tape recorder and context of the interview; musical training and background; Joe Venuti; Bob Crosby, Glenn Miller; current lack of bands for young people to learn with 0:03:57
- Mentoring young performers; Charlie Barnet; George Siravo arrangements; technological improvements in the studio; vocal problems 0:03:40
- Vocal polyps; Frankie Laine; recovering from surgery and return to singing; changes in her voice; vocal range; recording "Wheel of Fortune"; Hal Mooney; allegations of stealing "Wheel of Fortune" from Sunny Gale; looking back on the song; "Rock 'n' Roll Waltz" 0:05:53
- "Rock 'n' Roll Waltz" continued; storytelling through singing; singing with understanding; "Wheel of Fortune" 0:01:57
- The Clovers and "Fool, Fool, Fool"; affinity between country and western music and blues; distinction between "hillbilly" and country and western; what makes country music popular; importance of lyrics; memories of hometown of Dougherty, Oklahoma; the sound of her voice 0:07:01
- Sound of her voice, continued; who she listened to; Billie Holiday; reception in her hometown; Leonard Feather 0:04:03
- Leonard Feather continued; Capitol Records; comparing music of 1940s and '50s with that of 1968; the Beatles 0:04:41
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Pop Chronicles Interviews #170 - Kay Starr, audio recording, November 2, 1967; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1692049/: accessed March 20, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.