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Aug242009

Stephen Bishop


Songwriters are very special people. They’re the ones who battle with themselves and suffer through an amazingly creative process that most take for granted. When you listen to the songs that Stephen Bishop has written over his career, you find an honesty and transparency that has allowed him to deliver hits such as On And On and Save It For A Rainy Day. His career actually began as a songwriter long before he wrote songs for himself. In fact, one of his first collaborations was with Art Garfunkel, who discovered his songwriting and vocal talent and invited him to sing and also contribute two tracks to his legendary Breakaway project. He has penned songs for Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, The Four Tops and also Pavarotti. Widening the body of his work, he sang the hit the meIt Might Be You from the movie Tootsie and also has written and sung on 13 other films, including Animal House and White Knights, from which he was nominated for two Grammy’s and an Oscar for his song, Separate Lives. Inside MusiCast welcomes a gifted songwriter, Stephen Bishop.

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Reader Comments (7)

Nice interview! Hope there's a part 2 sometime, so I can get a question in ;-)

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMax

You're too funny Max! You know we love you man....

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEddy

Great interview! I just love his version of "Separate Lives" and loved the stories associated with his brilliant song writing. It is amazing how many people he has written for. An amazing talent!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Marshall

Bish is one of my favorite artists of all time. Thanks to Scott Gross and Rick & Eddy for lining up and doing this interview. As I expected, Bish's comical approach was prevelant in this interview. Bish has a definite gift, and his songs are well-crafted and have that special groove like many of the artists and musicians you guys have on here.

It was especially fun to hear of his first guitar and of his first band, "The Weeds." I'm also glad you touched on his friendships with Art Garfunkel and Eric Clapton. The new song "My Little Waterloo" is classic Bish fare, and I loved the muted trumpet on it!

GREAT job, guys. And thanks again to Bish for his music.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilly

Years ago I had one of Stephen's LP's and it has long since disappeared. I've always loved his style of songwriting and singing. Recently, I purchased "On and On the Hits of Stephen Bishop CD", I did some Googling to see what he's been up to. It was great to hear him speak rather than just read about... and to hear some of his more recent tunes. Thanks for having him on

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan L.

Nice of you to play our song, Bruddah....sounded great and thanks for using the trumpet version....it really sets the mood...luv, JJ

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJude Johnstone

Didn't he have his own musical variety TV show for a while in the '70s?

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSean

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