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Bob Messenger - INTERVIEW to come...

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by From This Moment On, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. Toolman

    Toolman Simple Man, Simple Dream

    One more -- Doug Strawn. If you mean members of their "Carpenters" traveling band, I don't think Joe belongs in this lineup, nor Hal. Cubby O'Brien would, having been on the road with them and on the "A Kind of Hush" album ("Goofus"). You're right, they were great. I thought Doug was quite a good lead singer, too, evident when he did a few numbers with Karen early on.
  2. theninjarabbit

    theninjarabbit Well-Known Member

    ^^I knew I was forgetting somebody (it took me a while just to remember the names of those guys :hide:). I didn't put Cubby down because I was referring to their studio group, but I didn't know he played on "A Kind Of Hush". Thanks! :)
  3. Chris May

    Chris May Resident 'Carpenterologist' Moderator

    Actually Bob played on several of the albums as well (tenor sax, flute & occasional bass) - so I consider him both a Carpenters studio cat as well as road bandie. :D
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  4. lorij57

    lorij57 New Member

    I am new here and have been hooked on their live preformances and JMO they had the BEST touring band EVER! To get the studio Carpenters sound live was JMO tough but they had such a awesome touring band that they could make that sound happen live.

    DENNYC New Member

    Bob is the reason I wanted to play the sax - although I didn't know who he was then as I was just a little kid! But I loved his sound on Rainy Days and Mondays so much that I asked my parents what that instrument was...I started playing then in 4th grade all the way through college where I was a music major. I still play, but not professionally. Many thanks to Bob for getting me into music! I wonder if he knows his impact!
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  6. Chris May

    Chris May Resident 'Carpenterologist' Moderator

    The Messengers have become very good friends over the past year following a recorded interview I did with Bob. They live down in Capistrano Beach and are doing well. Here's Bob today for those interested...

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  7. MissK

    MissK Active Member

    Thanks Chris. Have you ever posted this interview? Maybe I missed it.
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  8. Sheena

    Sheena Active Member

    I'd love to hear the interview too.
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  9. That would be great to hear that interview please Chris.......also wonderful to know that Bob is alive and well.
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  10. David Murphy

    David Murphy New Member

    Chris May,
    Trying to get in touch with you regarding a book I am writing on the carpenters. Can you call me?
    Dave (562)325-3429
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  11. Chris May

    Chris May Resident 'Carpenterologist' Moderator

    I've decided I'm going to put this interview out.

    As I initially taped it for a project I was working on, it was a phone interview recorded at home and not recorded in the studio like all of the past radio interviews I did, therefore I was hesitant to publish it. It is quite raw, but gives a good look into Bob's personality. It also gives listeners a little bit better idea as to where the mindset is of the guys that once recorded all of that great music. A side note, it's amazing some of details they've forgotten, simply because they had no real idea as to how things would turn out in the "big picture" with regard to Karen and the Carpenters, nor the impact they would have on the world in the years to come.

    Bob has not recorded any interviews since the Carpenter years, and even then whatever interview(s) he may have been a part of were most likely earlier on, and doubtful he contributed too much dialogue.

    I felt that given Bob's incredible contribution to those albums, not to mention his unforgettable face and presence in the Carpenters entourage, it should be heard, as I expect to have it up in the next day or two.

    Because there will be a small handful of some rare photographs that have been given to me to use with special permission (some of which have probably been seen in programs, however these are the originals), this audio-only interview will be created as a video and I'll throw a few of these in there, courtesy of the Bob & Joan Messenger collection.

    Stay tuned!!
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  12. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Amazing news Chris! Really looking forward to hearing this.
  13. ullalume

    ullalume Well-Known Member

    great news chris
  14. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Bob Messenger was with the duo from the "get go". He's a "jack of all trades" as a musician. I can't wait to hear what he has to say! BTW Chris, really liked your interview with Joe Osborn & Hal Blaine a while back. I accessed it on YouTube before I joined this forum. I wish it could've gone on longer.
  15. Guitarmutt

    Guitarmutt Active Member

    Wow Bob Wow! This should be a treat. Interviews with the band are pretty rare. Thank you Chris, in advance.
  16. Chris May

    Chris May Resident 'Carpenterologist' Moderator

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