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Paul Williams; Charles Bradley Plays (And Screams) Live; A Trip To The Royalty Exchange

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Charles Bradley performs in the Soundcheck studio. Charles Bradley performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: If you don’t know who Paul Williams is, here’s a short bio: he wrote Three Dog Night’s “An Old Fashioned Love Song” and Kermit the Frog’s “Rainbow Connection”; he won an Academy Award; he played a starring role in the 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit”; and he worked with Daft Punk on their most recent album. Oh yeah, and he’s also the President of ASCAP. Williams talks about his long career in show biz.

Then: There’s a reason that they call Charles Bradley the “Screaming Eagle of Soul.” Hear the soul singer and his band perform songs from his new album, Victim Of Love, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: We talk with the co-founder of a company called Royalty Exchange that lets musicians and songwriters sell their royalty income to investors. Why would they do that, you ask? We find out. 

Guests:

Charles Bradley and Paul Williams

Paul Williams Gets Musicians Paid At ASCAP, And Inspires Daft Punk

The current President and Chairmen of ASCAP is singer, songwriter, and actor Paul Williams -- best known for writing “The Rainbow Connection,” from The Muppet Movie and starring in the film Smokey and the Bandit. He even worked with Daft Punk on their most recent album. Williams talks about his long career in show biz and his dual roles of making music and protecting the rights of musicians like himself. 

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Auction Your Song Royalties, Become A Chef?

Some songwriters have chosen to fund new creative endeavors by selling portions of their royalty streams from past hits. Soundcheck host John Schaefer talks to the co-founder of The Royalty Exchange, Wilson Owens, about his site that lets investors bid on royalties.

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Watch: Charles Bradley, Live On Soundcheck

Watch soul singer Charles Bradley perform songs from Victim Of Love with his band in the Soundcheck studio.

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