When recent American Entrepreneur Radio guest Bill Strickland looked to incorporate live jazz into the vast cultural resource that is his Manchester Craftsmens Guild, he needed somebody with experience in producing jazz concerts. Enter Marty Ashby. Since coming on board as the Executive Producer of the MCG Jazz Series in 1987, Marty has been the man who has spearheaded the project’s mission - to preserve, promote and present jazz - to unmatched heights. (To wit: Grammy-winning production of over 50 jazz albums, and MCG’s nomination as one of the top 150 jazz venues in the world, according to Downbeat Magazine) Marty joins “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris to discuss his story, and why, despite his success, his mission is far from complete.
“The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris takes an in-depth look at the dark side of the music business with a man who lived it for many years. Tommy James, the man behind dozens of iconic hits, from “Mony Mony” and “Draggin’ The Line” to “Crimson and Clover” and “Hanky Panky”, talks to Ron about the role that the mob played in his career, and why he had to wait over three decades before coming clean about it.
Like countless musicians and songwriters in the 1970’s, Chip Davis was looking for his big break. Though he had a novelty hit to his songwriting credit (C.W. McCall’s “Convoy”), the tune he became most familiar with was the sound of major record label doors slamming in his face. Listen to hear how Chip finally got his big break.