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Options June 23, 2018: Guest: Steve Barri

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Grass Roots, The  I Get So Excited   Options Produced by Steve Barri, 1969 
Sheridan Hollenbeck Orchestra And Chorus  Michelle's Melody   Options Produced by Lou Adler, Written by Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan, 1964 
Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds  Don't Pull Your Love   Options Produced by Steve Barri, 1971 - #1 on Cashbox, #4 on Billboard 
Mama Cass  It's Getting Better   Options Produced by Steve Barri, written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, 1969 -#13 Easy Listening Chart, #30 on the hot 100 Chart during what was then considered an unusually lengthy 19-week run 
Fantastic Baggys, The  Debbie Be True   Options Written, Produced & Featuring Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan, 1965 
Betty Everett  Someday Soon   Options Written by Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan 
Rincon Surfside Band  Hawaii   Options Produced by Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan, some copies credited to Willie And The Wheels, 1965 
Rhythm Heritage  Theme from S.W.A.T.   Options Produced by Steve Barri & Michael Omartian, 1975 - #1 on Billboard 
Alan O'Day   Undercover Angel   Options Produced by Steve Barri & Michael Omartian, 1977 - #1 on Billboard 
Bruce & Terry  Summer Means Fun   Options Written by Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan, Produced & Bruce Johnston & Terry Melcher, 1964 - #72 on Billboard 
Herman’s Hermits  A Must To Avoid   Options Written by Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan, Produced by Mickie Most, 1965 - reached #1 in New Zealand, #3 in Canada, #4 in Australia, #5 in Norway, #6 on the UK's Record Retailer chart, and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 
P.F. Sloan  Danger Man   Options Written by Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan - Johnny Rivers' version went to #3 
Ann Margret  You Sure Know How To Hurt Someone   Options Written by Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan 
Philip & Stephan  Meet Me Tonight Little Girl   Options Written, Produced by Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan, 1964 
Steve Barri  Interview   Options  
Imaginations, The  Summer In New York   Options Written by Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan, featuring Steve Barri, Produced by Bones Howe, 1967 
Grass Roots, The  Sooner Or Later   Options Produced by Steve Barri, Written by Mitchell Bottler, Edward McNamara, Adeniya Paris, Ekundayo Paris, Gary Zekley, 1971 - #9 on Billboard 
Street Cleaners, The  That's Cool That's Trash   Options Written, Produced & featuring Steve Barri & P.F. Sloan, 1964 
Four Tops, The  Ain't No Woman Like The One I Got   Options Produced by Steve Barri, Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter, 1973 - #1 on Cashbox, #4 on Billboard 
Mama Cass  Make Your Own Kind of Music   Options Produced by Steve Barri, written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, 1969 - #36 Billboard Hot 100, #6 Billboard Adult Contemporary, #25 Cash Box Top 100 
Tommy Roe  Dizzy   Options Produced by Steve Barri, 1968 - #1 on Billboard 

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:20pm Rob Kopp:

Hi Michael: pwedding.home.xs4all.nl...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am Frank In Queens:

How's everyone's weekend been so far? Mine has been GREAT!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am Listener Baby:

Baby! Good morning on Such A Summer Day.
  11:01am Adam:

great Nick Lowe show
Avatar 11:03am Michael Shelley:

Agree Adam - really great
  11:03am Cal Zone!:

Yeah, this is going to be so great! Bring on the Barri!
Avatar 11:03am SmokinJ:

Can't wait to hear Steve B.! So cool...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am Frank In Queens:

I heard good things about last night's show. Couldn't make it due to a prior commitment.
Avatar 11:06am Michael Shelley:

After cruel to be kind - the crowd went uncommonly NUTS
  11:07am gene sculatti:

GENIUS McGuire cut! What a show-start!
  11:07am clarke:

oh yeah!!!!!!
  11:08am Cooh John:

Looking forward to Nick & the 'Jackets this week.
Avatar 11:08am Michael Shelley:

Frank - they hockey draft... really?
  11:09am Cal Zone!:

HJF&R! This may be my most fave AM GOLD ever! Perfect in every way!
  11:10am Geoff in Ottawa:

I'm deep into Kaplan's "The Voice." Thanks for the recommendation. Amazing read.
  11:10am clarke:

don't have a ton of time, here, today, but i did get a chance to archive most of the Posies show and interview - WOW great stuff!!
  11:11am Geoff in Ottawa:

I'm seeing Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets in Ottawa in two weeks! Looking forward to it, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am Frank In Queens:

Oh Michael, you haven't lived until you've spent 2+ hours of a seemingly endless parade of suits walking on and off a stage in order to announce name after name of 18 year old players who won't see NHL action for at least 2 years. Riveting stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14am Frank In Queens:

should say "spent 2+ hours watching a seemingly endless parade..."
  11:15am Christina Low:

Michael, you and Greg are a dangerous duo. I was dying.
  11:15am Baby:

A lot has been asked of Debbie over the years, no?
  11:16am miles:

" little Debbie " !
  11:22am Dale:

Hawaii - omg are my speakers broken
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am Listener Baby:

Disco ambulance!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23am Listener Baby:

Oh, it's SWAT> Disco Sniper
  11:25am Cal Zone!:

We played the Theme from SWAT in my HS Marching Band!
  11:26am Eddy in Australia:

Mexico: 1 South Korea: 0
  11:32am miles:

"security's so tight tonight"
Avatar 11:36am Dominick:

she's a muscular boy
Avatar 11:36am Sonny Rickles:

I love this Sloan/Barry diddy!
  11:36am miles:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37am Listener Baby:

Did this come before SAM?
  11:38am Christina Low:

And here I am wondering the opposite, Baby.
Avatar 11:39am SmokinJ:

This is so fantastic! 8-)
  11:41am Agent 000:

Error - By Patrick McGoohan's edict, "Secret Agent"/"Danger Man" didn't kiss the girls ("persuasive lips")
  11:55am BEAVO:

He wrote the theme to Baretta Keep your eye in the sparrow
  12:02pm miles:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm myron feld:

Michael, about the T.A.M.I. theme song, "Here They Come (From All Over The World)," I wish you had asked Steve if they wrote "the Rolling Stones from Liverpool" because they thought that's where the Stones were from, or it because fit a lot better than "the Rolling Stones from London," which it does.
  12:25pm Eddy in Australia:

Mexico: 2 South Korea: 0 (67')
  12:29pm BEAVO:

Jam up and Jelly Tight
  Swag For Life Member 12:32pm museguy:

Thank you Michael, an amazing interview with Steve Barri, what a history, I had no idea, thank you ! thank you !
  12:33pm Cal Zone!:

  Swag For Life Member 12:35pm museguy:

I love the way Mr. Barri talks about the music industry, with love and humility, he "gets it" at such a deep level.
Avatar 12:43pm Dominick:

Marvelous. Kudos to Mr. Barri
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm myron feld:

Really, really great interview.
  Swag For Life Member 12:45pm museguy:

Thank you Michael, wonderful interview !
Avatar 12:45pm SmokinJ:

Home run ms. God bless Steve B.!
  12:45pm George in WO:

Great stuff, thanks Michael & Steve!
  12:45pm Cal Zone!:

Great work Michael! This is definitely one of my favorite interviews on your show! A #1 hit!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm Richard:

Your interviews are really great conversations--so comfortable, while also being so informative.
  Swag For Life Member 12:49pm museguy:

Bernstein at the Skirball
Avatar 12:51pm Dominick:

proto-disco, amazing!
  12:51pm Agent 000:

Steve Barri came ready to talk, setting the record straight with much that was new to me
  12:51pm Eddy in Australia:

Mexico: 2 South Korea: 1 (93')
Great interview.
  12:52pm BEAVO:

Great interview I hope you can have the other Steve, Steve Earle on to tell you the real story about what happened with Dell McCoury not that bullshit he told you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm listener 126464:

Count Reeshard's theme song!
  12:55pm Tim from LH:

Great show! Wonder how much that Street Cleaners record costs?
  12:57pm paul:

Who were the Street Cleaners?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm listener 126464:

Thanks for another great show Michael!
  1:00pm Tom:

Brings me back to the Robert Putnam interview.
  1:00pm Tom:

  1:00pm paul:

Street Cleaners might have been the first punk bank.
Avatar 1:00pm acid casualty:

BEAVO, I'm with you.
  1:00pm paul:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:54pm Rob Kopp:

Just listened back to the interview. Great interview. Nice guy, just like Sloan.
  6:03pm Mark in Toronto:

Michael, nice interview, learned a lot. Mr. Barri is very self-effacing. I'm glad you asked him and he didn't hesitate to talk about PF Sloans' ideas (or delusions), because from your earlier interview with him, I kind of got the feeling Sloan had bad or negative feelings about Mr. Barri.
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