Link: Off The Record: The Joe Smith Collection - Download free content from Library of Congress

Joe Smith was a top record company executive (Warner Bros., Elektra, Capitol) who wrote an oral history of the music business in the late 1980s with a veritable Who's Who of over 200 music legends from Artie Shaw to Bono. These are some of the original, unedited audio tapes of those interviews.
Artist interviewed in these recordings:

Abe Somer
Ahmet Ertegun
Artie Shaw
B. B. King
Barry White
Bill Graham
Billy May
Bo Diddley
Bob Thiele
Booker T. Jones
Burt Bacharach
Christine McVie
Dave Brubeck
David Bowie
Dick Clark
Ellie Greenwich
Elton John
George Harrison
George Martin
Gerry Goffin
Graham Nash
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Isaac Hayes
James Brown
Jerry Garcia
Jo Stafford
Joan Baez
Les Paul
Linda Ronstadt
Little Richard
Lou Levy
Lou Rawls
Lou Reed
Mick Jagger
Mickey Hart
Milt Gabler
Mitch Miller
Natalie Cole
Pat Benatar
Patti Page
Paul McCartney
Paul Weston
Pete Seeger
Peter Frampton
Randy Newman
Ray Charles
Robert Plant
Ruth Brown
Smokey Robinson
Stan Getz
Sy Oliver
Tom Petty
Tony Bennett
Yoko Ono

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