Why, You’re Welcome, Ms. Chambers, Mr. Rodgers

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It occurred to me today that, as far as I can recall, only two celebrities I interviewed ever sent me a thank-you note. That is probably two more than one would expect, if you think about it. In a world of layered publicists, talent bookers, and assembly-line junket interviews, who has time to sit down and write a hand-written thank-you note? Especially to a member of the news media who, if not an enemy of the people, was, well, a little seditious or suspicious around the edges. Paul Rodgers, that’s who.

Paul Rodgers (2nd from right)

The lead singer of Free and Bad Company and one-time stand-in for the late Freddie Mercury in the iteration known as Queen + Paul Rodgers. In the 1990s, I did a CNN interview with him at the original Hard Rock Café in NYC. He was touring with one of a couple of groups he formed that decade and if you can identify the two guys on each end of the above photo, please leave their names here. [UPDATE: I have it on good authority (Mark Felsot) that Simon Kirke is on the left and Mick Ralphs the right and therefore the occasion was a reunion of Bad Company.] Paul was friendly, articulate and good company (couldn’t resist). And, to my surprise, a nice handwritten note arrived a few weeks later, containing an extra photo of us around the Hard Rock table.

As I have detailed before, Marilyn Chambers disrobed for a radio interview when I had a late-night talk show in Chicago. She, too, sent a note afterward — perfumed, no less -_ and I’ve posted that before, but for old times’ sake, here it is again.

So, now that I’ve got your attention, if you’ve got about ten minutes, I recommend listening to some of the actual “nude interview.” This is the way she intended to be “heard,” not just in the eye-catching photos by the great Chicago photog, Paul Natkin, but in a radio interview sans clothes – radio, where the listener’s imagination can run wild.

While the language we used that night was nothing that had to be “bleeped” on air, I would point out that this is probably NSFW in many a workplace. So, turn it down or get out the ear buds. Enjoy some good clean fun with the former Ivory Snow girl:

“Zero BS” WMET-FM, November 1, 1981


One thought on “Why, You’re Welcome, Ms. Chambers, Mr. Rodgers

  1. Lovely and hilarious interview, Mark! Marilyn sounds delightful, and you certainly brought her out with your own usual wit and charm.

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