Author Archives: Mike

Carpenters’ Richard Carpenter – HuffPost 5.11.09

[Note: This is taken from my interview with Richard Carpenter in which he offers some inspiring moments of Carpenters’ history.] Mike Ragogna: Do you remember exactly what happened on April 22nd, 1969? Richard Carpenter: A fellow who had been representing us as a manager in his off hours, Eddie Sulzer, worked his tail off pushing […]

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An Interview with Richard Carpenter (My Very First HuffPost Interview) – HuffPost 5.11.09

On April 23rd, 2009, literally 24 hours after its release, Carpenters (no “the”) had their highest charting record of their careers in Japan. In that territory, 40/40 The Best Selection was released the day before to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Carpenters’ signing with Herb Alpert’s and Jerry Moss’ independent label, A&M Records. The string of […]

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James Taylor’s Quote To Me During The Presidential Race 2008 – HuffPost 10.16.08

James Taylor To “Stand & Fight” For Barack Obama in North Carolina “When are people going to see that nothin’ ain’t never gonna change unless somebody finally makes up his mind to stand up and fight!” Exactly. Singer-songwriter James Taylor spoke these words over two decades ago in the intro of the song “Stand & […]

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