In his inaugural podcast, T. Morgan discusses several aspects of his book "Confessions of a Teenage Disc Jockey," including using memos (T. saved every memo while at each station), talking to book publishers, making the decision to self-publish (and the perils therein), the copyright process, the printing process of the book and sales. Since going on sale, the book has been sold to buyers all over the United States and as far away as Italy, Holland and England. The book can even be found inside the library at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. So are more books from T. on the way? Listen to the podcast to find out!
T. Morgan answers questions that have been sent to him from viewers of his website, http://www.tmorganonline.com. One question had to do with a story T. Morgan wrote for the website called No Strings Attached. While for the most part strings don't belong in Rock and Roll, there are times that they can be used effectively. One such occasion is Procol Harum using The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Why did that work while others did not? Listen to the podcast and find out! Further discussion on this topic centered around the great jazz pianist Erroll Garner, with T. Morgan playing two tracks comparing the sound of an Erroll Garner composition both with and without strings. Which sounded better? Listen to the podcast and judge for yourself! The role of producers, Phil Spector, Joe Tarsia from Sigma Sound Studios, the band Thunder of Roses (whose album was produced by T. Morgan) and much more are also discussed in this podcast.
Some of the great and entertaining history of Rock and Roll is discussed in this podcast! The ups and the downs. How Folk and Pop were the beginning of rock. Surf music in California. Beach Boys. Disc Jockey Dick Summer in Boston playing a new group called The Beatles in 1963. T. Morgan talks about conversations with Hy Lit about the Beatles and getting them to come to Philadelphia. He shares with podcast listeners how he got to see the Beatles for the first time as a kid and get paid for doing it! How did he manage that one...? Listen and find out! Topics also discussed in this podcast are Bob Dylan going electric at Newport, Highway 61 Revisited, how the song Like a Rolling Stone changed rock forever, why the Beatles started writing better songs with more meaning, how in 1967 T. Morgan launched album radio in Philadelphia and much more!
T. Morgan sets the scene for the emergence of several new forms of music in 1965. The country was most certainly changing and it was the youth of the US that was a huge factor in making most of those changes. The music was just part of what was going on in the country, but it was a major part. In this podcast you will hear how rock started to change and just who were some of the artists who influenced these changes.
The music charts were starting to be infiltrated by some new rocking artists in 1965-66. New groups were starting to spring up. These new bands were not just the groups that part of the British Invasion. Here in the US something was also going on. Garage Rock and Blues based bands began to find their way on to the Billboard top hit records. The top charts started looking very different with Rock, Pop and even movie soundtracks selling very well. Find out the story behind the recording of the major turning point in a new music with Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rollin’ Stone.”
In the 60’s a new youth movement in San Francisco started to get attention around the country and around the world. It led the way to a whole new era in Rock music. In this podcast T. Morgan tells the real story how it all began. It will surprise many that it didn’t actually begin in the city by the bay.
The first act to break out of San Francisco with a new direction of Rock was The Jefferson. In this podcast we trace the history of the band that led the way. The way to the top was a bit twisted, but they finally they overcame the odds and exploded on the charts.
The roots of what became the sound that rocked the world is further traces to its roots. What was the relationship between the groups and their followers? Who had an influence on the early bands? What caused the movement to spread? Find out in this podcast.
While much of the new Rock was centered in San Francisco in the mid-sixties, by 1967 it was no longer confined to the Bay Area. This explosion of music was starting to be heard around the world. This podcast gives some more insight on the growing scope of the music.
On May 15, 2019 the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia held a lunch to honor WMGK. There was a panel of current and former on air talent that talked about their experiences at the station. T. Morgan was the MC for the event. In this podcast he shares his thoughts on the event.
Have you ever heard a test pressing? If you have been listening to radio since the late 60’s chances are that you did but not have been aware of what it was. Even if you aren’t old enough to have heard a testing pressing on the air, you should find this bit of record history interesting.
Below is a note that I wrote on a test pressing of the group Ten Years After that was given to me by Ric Lee of the group.