INTERVIEW CLIP #1 Elliott Murphy Embraces Music On His Own Terms

In the seventies I had a friend who introduced me to Elliott Murphy. I remember he said, “You should really get to know this guy…he’s the next big thing. He’s been compared to Bob Dylan” The album he lent me was Murphy’s first album ‘Aquashow’ which was released in 1973. “Last of the Rock Stars” was the opening track and I remember stopping in my tracks and feeling my musical palette was expanding. Rolling Stone magazine had reviewed the album along with Springsteen’s second album “The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle” giving them both a Dylan tag. While Springsteen went on to be one of the biggest rock stars in the world Murphy had some bad bounces. A month ago I Googled him and found out that he was alive and well living happily and successfully in Paris.

Here is part one of our conversation with the great Elliott Murphy. I started by telling him that when I first say him on the album cover of Aquashow ,with his brother Matthew sitting behind him, I thought, “man, I want to be that guy.”

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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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