Chip Taylor is best known as the songwriter for both “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning,” but there’s so much more to him than just those two songs. For one, he’s written hundreds of other tunes, including “I Can’t Let Go” for the Hollies, and “Try a Little Harder” recorded by Janis Joplin.
Taylor got his start in a rockabilly group, Wes Voight and the Town Three, who were signed to a subsidiary of King Records back in 1958. He released a series of critically-acclaimed solo LP’s in the Seventies before retiring from music in the Eighties.
After returning to music in the mid-Nineties, Taylor has been on a hot streak as of late, releasing an average of an album a year. He’s also issued several successful records with fiddle player Carrie Rodriguez. His latest release is A Song I Can Live With.
Ruthann Friedman wrote “Windy,” which became a #1 smash for the Association in 1967. With it, she became only the third woman to write a number one hit on the Billboard charts. This led to Constant Companion, considered by many to be a great lost folk classic, released in 1970. But, that album never took off and Friedman chose to settle down and raise a family instead. Now, some 40 years later – she’s back with a new album, Chinatown. We talk the inspiration behind “Windy,” what got her out of retirement, and what David Crosby had on the wall of his house that upset his mother.