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Jimmy Webb, Elliott Murphy, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ Kenny Laguna, and Studio 54 Director on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film

Written by Tom Needham  |  17. October 2018

Stony Brook, NY - October 17, 2018 - Music legends Jimmy Webb and Elliott Murphy are Tom Needham’s special guests this upcoming Thursday on WUSB’s ‘The Sounds of Film.’ The two of them will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 8th at The Space in Westbury. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' Kenny Laguna will be talking about the hit film, ‘Bad Reputation.’  Also on the program is director Matt Tyrnauer, whose film, ‘Studio 54’ will be screening at the Port Jefferson Documentary Series on Monday, October 27th at Theatre Three.
 
Jimmy Webb is one of America’s most celebrated songwriters and composers. He has written many platinum hits including “MacArthur Park,” “The Worst That Could Happen,” “By the Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Witchita Lineman.” He is especially well-known for his work with Glen Campbell, the 5th Dimension and Art Garfunkel. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1990, received the National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993, and received the Ivor Novello Special International Award in 2012. He is also the only person to ever receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. Jimmy Webb's new memoir, ‘The Cake and the Rain,’ delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to the 1970’s. ‘The Sounds of Film’ will be featuring an in-depth interview with Webb, as well as the music of Jimmy Webb performed by himself and other artists who have recorded his songs through the years.
 
Elliott Murphy is well-known for his critically-acclaimed 1973 debut ‘Aquashow.’ Since then, he has released over 30 impressive albums, including his latest, the Prodigal Son. The record contains his longest song to date, “Absalon, Davy & Jackie O.” Elliott is also featured in the documentary ‘The Second Act of Elliott Murphy,’ which was previously featured at the Stony Brook Film Festival. The film features extensive interviews with Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. 
 
Elliott Murphy and Jimmy Webb both plan on attending the Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s upcoming Induction Gala at the Space in Westbury on November 8, 2018. Other people scheduled to attend include EPMD, Taking Back Sunday, Melanie, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, Seymour Stein, Michael Lang, Artie Kornfeld, and Bruce “Cousin Bruce” Morrow. For more information, go to limusichalloffame.org.
 

Kenny Laguna and Joan Jett. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
 
Kenny Laguna is a musician, songwriter and producer most well-known for his collaboration with Joan Jett.  He is prominently featured in the new documentary about Joan Jett, ‘Bad Reputation.’ Before getting involved with Joan Jett, Kenny was a successful songwriter and producer who worked with Tony Orlando, The Ohio Express, The Lemon Pipers and Tommy James and the Shondells.  The film, ‘Bad Reputation,’ makes the case for the importance of Joan Jett’s musical career.  It also shines a light on the unique relationship between Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna.
 
Also on the program is ‘Studio 54’ director Matt Tyrnauer. ‘Studio 54’ will be screening at the Port Jefferson Documentary Series on October 27th at Theatre Three.  The film provides a revealing, engrossing look at the legendary Studio 54. The Port Jefferson screening will also feature a panel discussion with Myra Scheer, past executive assistant to Steve Rubell, former doorman, Marc Bedeck, and moderator, Tom Needham.
 
About the Sounds of Film
The Sounds of Film is the nation’s longest running film and music themed radio show. For the past 30 years, the program has delivered a popular mix of interviews and music to listeners all over Long Island, parts of Connecticut and streaming live worldwide on the internet. Previous people interviewed for the show include Nile Rodgers, Billy Joel, Alexander Payne, Dave Rubin, Gretchen Carlson, Alec Baldwin, Alex Winter, Peter Yarrow, Ralph Macchio and Kurtis Blow.
 

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