1. Today Fresh Air remembers jazz singer Jimmy Scott, who died Thursday at the age of 88.  He was popular in the 1950’s and influenced both  male and female singers, including Nancy Wilson and Frankie Lyman.   Early in his career, some of his listeners who knew him only from recordings, thought he was a woman.  That was a result of a rare genetic condition that prevented his body from undergoing the complete process of puberty. Contractual problems helped stall his career, and he didn’t make any records between 1975 and 1992.  But that 1992 album started a comeback, which included  singing at President Clinton’s 1993 inaugural ball and being named a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center.  When Terry spoke with him in 1992, they started with the title track from the album he’d just released, All the Way, which led to his comeback.   
Listen to the interview 

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    Today Fresh Air remembers jazz singer Jimmy Scott, who died Thursday at the age of 88.  He was popular in the 1950’s and influenced both  male and female singers, including Nancy Wilson and Frankie Lyman.   Early in his career, some of his listeners who knew him only from recordings, thought he was a woman.  That was a result of a rare genetic condition that prevented his body from undergoing the complete process of puberty. Contractual problems helped stall his career, and he didn’t make any records between 1975 and 1992.  But that 1992 album started a comeback, which included  singing at President Clinton’s 1993 inaugural ball and being named a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center.  When Terry spoke with him in 1992, they started with the title track from the album he’d just released, All the Way, which led to his comeback.   

    Listen to the interview 

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  1. 
"The sun is round. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it, there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind, but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day."

Writer Peter Matthiessen from his 1978 book, The Snow Leopard 

Matthiessen was a award-winning novelist, naturalist, and zen Buddhist. You can hear Terry’s 1989 interview with him here. 
He passed away at April 5, 2014 at the age of 86. 

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    "The sun is round. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it, there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind, but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day."

    Writer Peter Matthiessen from his 1978 book, The Snow Leopard 

    Matthiessen was a award-winning novelist, naturalist, and zen Buddhist. You can hear Terry’s 1989 interview with him here. 

    He passed away at April 5, 2014 at the age of 86. 

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  1. On today’s Fresh Air: remembering Doc Watson. You can download his interviews on Fresh Air in 1988 and 1989 right here. View in High-Res

    On today’s Fresh Air: remembering Doc Watson. You can download his interviews on Fresh Air in 1988 and 1989 right here.

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  1. Posted on 19 April, 2012

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RIP Levon Helm. The 71-year-old lost a battle with cancer when he died Thursday afternoon in New York City. 
All Things Considered contributor Will Hermes remembers seeing the legendary drummer and singer at a roadhouse in Minneapolis: “It was like seeing the Rockies or the Grand Canyon.”
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    RIP Levon Helm. The 71-year-old lost a battle with cancer when he died Thursday afternoon in New York City. 

    All Things Considered contributor Will Hermes remembers seeing the legendary drummer and singer at a roadhouse in Minneapolis: “It was like seeing the Rockies or the Grand Canyon.”

    Photo: Jan Persson/Referns

    Levon Helm: The 2007 Fresh Air Interview

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  1. Posted on 9 April, 2012

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    Mike Wallace interviews Salvador Dali, 1958 (Part 2)

    Mike Wallace on Fresh Air, 2005.

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  1. Here’s the audio from a 2008 rebroadcast of Terry’s conversation with Etta James. This will be updated next week for the on-air obituary but I thought it was worth sharing now, too. (It sounds dated at first because it ran in conjunction with a movie release.)

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    Etta James: The 1994 Fresh Air Interview

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  1. Posted on 4 December, 2011

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    Paul Motian played on my favorite Keith Jarrett records. Here they are in Germany in 1972, with Charlie Haden on bass (which you can barely hear here). Great, joyful stuff. RIP.

    Fresh Air Remembers Drummer Paul Motian

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  1. "When she hit her high E-flat at the end  of Lucia’s famous Mad Scene, my friend’s eyes popped, to the point where  he spent the last scene of the opera on all fours searching for his  contact lenses. Sutherland had that kind of voice. If you cared  primarily about extraordinary vocal qualities, then Sutherland was  probably your favorite singer. And, for some years, she was mine. I  practically wore out my copy of her famous 1960 double-LP tribute to the  great sopranos of the past, The Art of the Prima Donna." (From classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz’s appreciation of opera singer Joan Sutherland, who died earlier this week.) View in High-Res

    "When she hit her high E-flat at the end of Lucia’s famous Mad Scene, my friend’s eyes popped, to the point where he spent the last scene of the opera on all fours searching for his contact lenses. Sutherland had that kind of voice. If you cared primarily about extraordinary vocal qualities, then Sutherland was probably your favorite singer. And, for some years, she was mine. I practically wore out my copy of her famous 1960 double-LP tribute to the great sopranos of the past, The Art of the Prima Donna." (From classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz’s appreciation of opera singer Joan Sutherland, who died earlier this week.)

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  1. We remember NBC broadcaster Edwin Newman. Newman, on the importance of language: “I thought that it was the business of  anybody in the news business to examine what he or she was told. And you cannot do that — you cannot examine what is being told  and judge its veracity — unless you understand language, particularly  unless you understand when language is being used in an attempt to  mislead you. I took that very seriously.” (Photo: AP) View in High-Res

    We remember NBC broadcaster Edwin Newman. Newman, on the importance of language: “I thought that it was the business of anybody in the news business to examine what he or she was told. And you cannot do that — you cannot examine what is being told and judge its veracity — unless you understand language, particularly unless you understand when language is being used in an attempt to mislead you. I took that very seriously.” (Photo: AP)

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