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Private Lives

Veteran former BBC and Disney media expert Paul Robinson opens his little black book of contacts and has some warm conversations with some incredible musical guests. Every single week.You'll hear intimate interviews, stories that you have not heard before, and behind the scenes insights from the world's greatest pop, rock, RnB - from performers, songwriters and singers.


with Biff Byford (Saxon) and Ian Anderson MBE (Jethro Tull)
In this episode, Paul chats to: Biff Byford, of English heavy metal band Saxon - formed in 1977 in Barnsley. Thee band is arguably a leader of the new wave of British heavy metal, having eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s. Ian Anderson MBE of Jethro Tull, the British rock band formed in Blackpool in 1967. From playing blues rock and jazz fusion, the band later developed their sound to incorporate elements of hard rock and folk to forge a uniquely progressive rock style.
58:45 7/2/21
with Kym Mazelle and the Temptations
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58:45 6/25/21
with Nils Lofgren and Toto
In this episode, Paul chats to: Nils Lofgren, the American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Along with solo work, he has been a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band since 1984, a member of Crazy Horse, and founder/frontman of the band Grin. Toto, the hit-making American rock band formed in 1977 in Los Angeles.
58:43 6/18/21
with Osibisa and Toyah
In this episode, Paul chats to: Osibisa, Toyah,
58:45 6/11/21
with Odyssey and Shalamar
In this episode, Paul chats to: Odyssey, originally a New York City-based singing group, best known for their 1977 hit "Native New Yorker", and a series of other mainly dance and soul hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Shalamar, the Grammy award winning American R&B and soul music vocal group active since the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s.
58:45 5/28/21
Shakatak & Kool and the Gang
In this episode, Paul chats to: Shakatak, the English jazz-funk band founded in 1980 by Les McCutcheon, Nigel Wright and former Wigan Casino DJ Kev Roberts. Following an initial white label release 'Steppin', the band's name was derived from a record store in Soho, London Record Shack. Kool and the Gang are back on the podcast, the global sensation who crossed genres including jazz, soul, funk, rock, and pop music.
58:44 5/21/21
with Alexander O'Neal and David Longdon
In this episode, Paul chats to: Alexander O'Neal, the American R&B singer, songwriter and arranger from Natchez, Mississippi, who came to prominence in the mid-1980s as a solo artist, with eleven Top 40 singles on the US R&B chart. David Longdon, the British multi-instrumentalist and singer, who is most well known as the lead vocalist and co-songwriter of the progressive rock band Big Big Train.
58:44 5/14/21
with Barry Mason and Duke Fakir of the Four Tops
In this episode, Paul chats to: Barry Mason MBE, the English songwriter. Barry was a leading songwriter of the 1960s, writing plenty of most successful songs in partnership with Les Reed. There were gold and platinum awards for his work including five Ivor Novello Awards, the most recent of them in 1998. Barry passed away in April, 2021. The Four Tops, the American vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the city's Motown sound of the 1960s. The group covered soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz, and show tunes.
58:45 5/7/21
with Dave Cousins and Jakko Jakszky
In this episode, Paul chats to: Dave Cousins, English singer and songwriter, who has been the leader, singer and most-active songwriter of Strawbs since 1967. Don't you just love the name Strawbs?! Michael "Jakko" Jakszyk, the English musician, record producer, and actor. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has also been the lead singer for King Crimson since 2013. His work has been variously credited to "Jakko", "Jakko Jakszyk", and "Jakko M. Jakszyk".
58:45 4/30/21
with Andy Fairweather Low (Amen Corner) and Steve Hackett (Genesis)
In this episode, Paul chats to: Andy Fairweather Low, the Welsh guitarist, songwriter, producer and vocalist. A founder member and lead singer of 1960s Welsh pop band Amen Corner, Andy has also toured with Roger Waters, Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. Such incredible names. Steve Hackett, the English musician, songwriter, singer, and producer who gained prominence as the lead guitarist of the progressive rock band Genesis. Hackett contributed to six Genesis studio albums, three live albums, seven singles and one EP before he left to pursue a solo career. Big name, big band, big chat.
58:45 4/23/21
with Brian Protheroe and Marillion
In this episode, Paul chats to: Brian Protheroe, the English musician, actor and narrator. He is best known for his big single, "Pinball", released in August 1974, and entered the UK Singles Chart at number 40. Brian has also narrated the Channel 4 dating show First Dates since 2015!! Marillion - the British rock band, formed in Buckinghamshire in 1979. The band saw the over post-punk music scene in the UK, and existed as a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock. Marillion are arguably THE premier neo-progressive rock band of the 1980s.
58:45 4/16/21
with Jonathan King and Alan Parsons
In this episode, Paul chats to: Jonathan King, the English singer-songwriter, record producer, music entrepreneur, and former TV and radio presenter. You may know of the chart success for "Everyone's Gone to the Moon", a song that Jonathan wrote and sang while still an undergraduate. Alan Parsons, the English audio engineer, songwriter, musician, and record producer.
58:45 4/9/21
with Cleo Rocos, Peter Straker, M People's Heather Small
In this episode, Paul chats to: Cleo Rocos, English comedy actress, producer, presenter and businesswoman who starred alongside Kenny Everett on The Kenny Everett Television Show. Peter Straker, Jamaican-born singer and actor, best known for appearances in Doctor Who and the 1985 ITV series Connie. Heather Small, the much-celebrated English soul singer and lead singer of the band M People. Heather also a contestant in the British television show Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.
58:44 4/2/21
with Vicki Michelle and Marina Sirtis
In this episode, Paul chats to: Vicki Michelle, the English actor and film producer, is best known for her role as Yvette Carte-Blanche in the BBC television comedy series 'Allo 'Allo! and as Patricia Foster in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. Marina Sirtis, the British-Greek-American actress, is best known for her role as Counselor Deanna Troi on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and four Star Trek feature films...we know, how cool!!!
58:45 3/26/21
with Graham Gouldman (10cc) and Earl Slick
In this episode, Paul chats to: Graham Gouldman, the English singer, songwriter, and musician. He has been the only constant member of the art rock band 10cc. What a dude, what a band. Earl Slick, the man behind the guitar, best known for his collaborations with David Bowie, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Robert Smith. Other artists he worked with include John Waite, Tim Curry and David Coverdale, in addition to releasing several solo recordings.
58:45 3/19/21
with Dean Friedman and Stephen Bishop
In this episode, Paul chats to: American singer-songwriter Dean Friedman, who is multi-instrumental, playing piano, keyboard, guitar and other more, including the harmonica. Dean has had multiple singles that have charted in many territories and continues to write. Another American, this time it's singer-songwriter and guitarist, Stephen Bishop. Also an actor, Stephen has appeared in and contributed musically to many motion pictures, including National Lampoon's Animal House.
58:44 3/12/21
with Midge Ure of Ultravox and Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock
In this episode, Paul chats to: Midge Ure (don't forget the OBE), known for great success in the 1970s and 1980s with bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, and as the frontman of Ultravox. Glen Matlock, all-round great guy who is best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols. Wow.
58:44 3/5/21
with Bay City Rollers and Kool and the Gang
In this episode, Paul chats to: Bay City Rollers, the Scottish pop rock band known for their worldwide idol popularity in the 1970s. Kool and the Gang, the global sensation who crossed genres including jazz, soul, funk, rock, and pop music.
58:45 2/26/21
with Al Stewart and Henry Gross
In this episode, Paul chats to: Al Stewart, the legendary Scottish singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician who exploded during the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s. Henry Gross, the American singer-songwriter best known for his association with the group Sha Na Na and for his hit song, "Shannon". 
58:47 2/19/21
You'll hear incredible names talking about their incredible journeys through music and the arts.
01:25 2/12/21