Legendary Classic Rock Historian and Disk Jockey “Uncle” Joe Benson Interviews Legendary Music Engineer, Producer, Manager and Author Ken Scott and His Book Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust…
What a great night.. I got to hang out at The Grove outdoor mall next to the famed Los Angeles Farmers Market and the CBS Networks Studio to hear one of the most prolific classic rock interviewers of all time, Joe Benson.
I was able to record the whole interview and got to speak with Joe about Ken. For the full video see below.
I have grown up listening to Uncle Joe Benson and have enjoyed his radio show, interviews, his record guide, his specials like Off the Record and The Seventh Day, the 5 O’Clock funnies and before you could check out the Internet for new music, Local Licks.
Joe has this very distinctive low voice that is impossible to mistake and when I found out that there was a chance to interview him. I got excited. Especially when one legend interview another legend, Ken Scott.
I have had the pleasure of interviewing Ken on a few occasions and really love listening to his stories about the days he spent recording many of the classic rock hits we love today, as well as his thoughts on the industry and recording today.
Joe turned out to be one of the nicest guys and we got to chat for awhile after the interview and found out we are practically neighbors…. Very cool.
Thanks to the Blaine Group for inviting me and thanks to Joe for spending a minute with us. What a great night…. – JW
Playing music on the air since 1968, and on the Los Angeles airwaves since arriving at KLOS in 1980, Joe Benson‘s presence both on and off-air has made his voice and name one of the most recognized in Southern California broadcasting over the past three decades.
Joe hosts the extremely popular KLOS Five O’Clock Funnies daily feature, the nationally syndicated OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson musicians interview program, and has published six volumes of UNCLE JOE’S RECORD GUIDES.
Since the mid-Eighties, J.B. has announced at every Southern California auto racing venue including the Auto Club Speedway since it’s 1997 inception — in the process interviewing every major race driver in America.
As a driver, Joe has won NASCAR oval races, NHRA drag races and SCCA road races.
His UNCLE JOE’S RACING cars have been used regularly for public appearances since 1989. If you were to ask him, Joe would tell you that he’s been very lucky to have worked with and met so many fine people, and to have touched the lives of millions of listeners. To Southland listeners, he is truly their Uncle Joe!
Scott started at the age of 16 working in the tape library at Abbey Road Studios. He became a recording engineer working with such acts as The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Procol Harum.
Scott moved to Trident Studios where he worked with such artists as Elton John, Harry Nilsson, Mahavishnu Orchestra, America and with George Harrison on the 6x platinum selling album All Things Must Pass.
Scott went on to co-produce David Bowie‘s albums Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973) and Pin Ups (1973) before producing Supertramp, The Tubes, Dixie Dregs, Devo, Missing Persons, Kansas, Happy The Man and Level 42.
Ken Scott is releasing his first book co-written with Bobby Owsinski, Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust for the 50th Anniversary of the Abbey Roads recordings with The Beatles and the 40th Anniversary of Ziggy Stardust.
Ken Scott holds a unique place in music history as one of only five engineers to have recorded The Beatles, but his experiences as a producer may be just as profound. Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust shares the intimate memories of Ken Scott s days working with some of the most important artists of the 20th century while crafting a sound that has influenced several generations of music makers.
Ken’s work has left an indelible mark on hundreds of millions of fans with his skilled contributions to Magical Mystery Tour and The White Album, and as a producer and/or engineer of six David Bowie albums (including the groundbreaking Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars), as well as other timeless classics from a who’s-who of classic rock and jazz acts, including Elton John, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Duran Duran, The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, America, Devo, Kansas, The Tubes, Missing Persons, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Dixie Dregs, and Stanley Clarke.
Funny, poignant, and oh, so honest, Ken pulls no punches as he tells it as he saw it, as corroborated by a host of famous and not-so famous guests who were there as well. Plus, you’ll be privy to several exclusive stories, facts, and technical details only available in Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust.
National press campaign planned around 40th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust release on June 6, 2012 Includes never-before-told stories of The Beatles, David Bowie and Elton John Many never-before-seen photographs.
Ken Scott’s Discography
All Things Must Pass
Madman Across The Water
Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player [Grammy Nominated]
Birds Of Fire
Son Of Schmilsson [Grammy Nominated]
The Six Wives of Henry th VIII
Apples and Oranges
Give Peache a Chance
It Don’t Come Easy
The Rolling Stones
New York City (You’re a Women)
Whatever’s For Us
The New Seekers
I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing ( Coke Ad )
A Salty Dog
Produced and Engineered:
There And Back
Night Of The Living Dregs
Journey To Love [Grammy Nominated]
Duty Now For The Future
Patrick Swayze & Larry Gatlin
Emerald Visions Of The Pure Beyond [Grammy Nominated]
The Lost Trident Sessions
Crime Of The Century [Grammy Nominated]
Crisis, What Crisis?
Young And Rich
There and Back
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