Interview #3 – Lenny Zakatek Talks About His Ill fated Project With Queen’s John Deacon

Lenny Zakatek was the second most used singer from the entire career from the Alan Parsons Project.

He sang ‘I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You’ from ‘I Robot’ in 1977, ‘Damned If I Do’ from ‘Eve’ two years later, ‘Games People Play’ from ‘The Turn of a Friendly Card ‘ from 1980 and ‘You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned’ from their biggest album 1982’s ‘Eye in the Sky’ just to name a few. The band used several lead singers on every project but Lenny’s 12 leads could fill a whole album with top shelf Alan Parsons Project tunes.

In the mid-80’s Zakatek was in a short lived band with Queen’s John Deacon called The Immortals They performed the tune, “No Turning Back’ from the film Biggles. I asked him about that. CLIP 011

I ask almost everyone I talk to if they, in their travels, ever got star-struck. CLIP 012

Lenny Zakatek’s latest album is called ‘Love Letters’ where he does some of his favorite tunes like ‘Fooled Around and Fell In Love,’ ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,”I Can’t Make You Love Me’ just to name a few. – by John Beaudin

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John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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