Pete Ganbarg’s “Rock and Roll High School” is in session!
The podcast hosted by the head of A&R for Atlantic Records is available on Spotify, Pandora, Apple and all streaming services.
Pete’s first guest this week is Kenny Loggins. He follows up with Tommy James on March 3rd, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave on March 17th and Cousin Bruce Morrow, the famed DJ, on March 31st.
I’ll be listening to all of them them! Pete has more episodes coming with David Coverdale, Peter Asher, Jorma Kaukonen, Patrice Rushen, Barry Mann, Miles Copeland, Steve Lillywhite, Steve Cropper, and more. (I want to know what Patrice Rushen thinks of everyone in the world sampling “Forget Me Nots.”)
Last season, Pete interviewed Graham Nash, Nile Rodgers, Kathy Valentine (of the Go-Gos), The Temptations (Otis Williams & Ron Tyson), Tony Visconti, Todd Rundgren, The Zombies (Rod Argent & Colin Blunstone), Debbie Gibson, Gamble & Huff, Jimmy Webb, Jon Anderson (of Yes) Gloria Gaynor, and Robert “Kool” Bell (of Kool & The Gang).
I’m a big Pete Ganbarg fan. When he was at J Records with Clive Davis be brought us such classics as Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and the Rob Thomas/Santana hit “Smooth.” He came to Atlantic, revived the ATCO Label, signed up the cast album for “Hamilton” and the soundtrack for Hugh Jackman’s “Greatest Showman.” If there’s anyone who has “Clive Davis ears,” it’s Pete. He’s having a big moment right now with 17 year old singer “Gayle”