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Hello, I’m Sandy Kaye. A freelance broadcaster, journalist and producer who has spent more than 35 years on both sides of radio and television microphones. I’ve worked with every TV network in Australia, have produced and presented for countless radio stations around the country and have hosted my own commercial radio talk-back show. I’ve even held the distinction of being Sydney’s first female newsreader on radio – way back when!

Today my passion is A Breath of Fresh Air which allows me to immerse myself in one of my favourite things – music. I just love all kinds of music and am fascinated by the people who make it. In particular, it’s the music of the '60s '70s and '80s that takes me back to my youth and means so much to me.

As a journalist, I’m all about digging deep into the classic hits of our time.
I bring you intimate, warm, fireside chats with the artists who tell us about their lives both then and now.
We learn about what makes them tick, who they are in their professional and private lives and how they went about making the soundtrack to our lives.

'A Breath of Fresh Air’ is exceptional - exceptional not because of me, but rather because of the stories that some of the best-known musical artists choose to share with me.

I created this podcast to honour them. It’s all about THEIR lives, THEIR stories, THEIR music, told now, in THEIR voices, before they’re lost forever.

I see my podcast as a personal labour of love, but also as an archival legacy for music fans and practitioners alike, both current and future, who otherwise might never know of the amazing people who helped build the industry.

I really hope you enjoy each and every episode of A Breath of Fresh Air.

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Bruce Sudano: Crafting Hits with Donna Summer, Alive n Kickin, Brooklyn Dreams and Solo – his story.

Do you know the name Bruce Sudano? Perhaps you've heard of him as the late DONNA SUMMER's husband and collaborator? They sure made beautiful music together. Bruce is a celebrated musician, songwriter,…

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Do you know the name Bruce Sudano? Perhaps you've heard of him as the late DONNA SUMMER's husband and collaborator? They sure made beautiful music together. Bruce is a celebrated musician, songwriter, and producer renowned for his extensive contributions to the music industry. With a career spanning several decades, he has written chart-topping hits for legendary artists like Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, and Dolly Parton. He co-founded the bands Alive N Kickin' and Brooklyn Dreams, both achieving significant success with their unique sounds. Sudano's songwriting prowess is evident in timeles…

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BRUCE SUDANO: Making Music with DONNA SUMMER and So Much More

Do you know the name Bruce Sudano? Perhaps you've heard of him as the late DONNA SUMMER's husband and collaborator? They sure made beautiful music together. Bruce is a celebrated musician, songwriter…

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Do you know the name Bruce Sudano? Perhaps you've heard of him as the late DONNA SUMMER's husband and collaborator? They sure made beautiful music together. Bruce is a celebrated musician, songwriter, and producer renowned for his extensive contributions to the music industry. With a career spanning several decades, he has written chart-topping hits for legendary artists like Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, and Dolly Parton. He co-founded the bands Alive N Kickin' and Brooklyn Dreams, both achieving significant success with their unique sounds. Sudano's songwriting prowess is evident in timele…

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Johny Barbata: TURTLES, CSNY, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE/STARFISH – Crafting Rock Classics

Guess who was behind hits like the Turtles' "Happy Together" or CSN&Y's "Ohio?" It was renowned drummer Johny Barbata who sadly passed away unexpectedly last month. Johny's extraordinary talent a…

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Guess who was behind hits like the Turtles' "Happy Together" or CSN&Y's "Ohio?" It was renowned drummer Johny Barbata who sadly passed away unexpectedly last month. Johny's extraordinary talent and versatility made him a pivotal figure in rock and pop music. Starting his career in the 1960s, Johny first gained prominence as a member of The Turtles, where his dynamic drumming powered hits like "Happy Together" and "She'd Rather Be With Me." His innovative style and rhythmic precision caught the attention of major bands and artists, leading him to join Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, wher…

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DON MCLEAN: From Folk Roots to Rock Legend

Don McLean III is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1971 hit song "American Pie", an 8.5-minute folk rock "cultural touchstone" about the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll …

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Don McLean III is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1971 hit song "American Pie", an 8.5-minute folk rock "cultural touchstone" about the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation (US #1 for four weeks in 1972 and UK #2). Though some of his early musical influences included Frank Sinatra and Buddy Holly, as a teenager, Don became interested in folk music, particularly the Weavers' 1955 recording At Carnegie Hall. He often missed long periods of school because of childhood asthma, particularly music lessons, and although Don slipped back in his studies, his parent…

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Echoes of Success: The Story of Martha and the Muffins

Martha and the Muffins is a Canadian new wave band formed in Toronto in 1977. Known for their eclectic sound that blends post-punk, art rock, and new wave influences, the band achieved international s…

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Martha and the Muffins is a Canadian new wave band formed in Toronto in 1977. Known for their eclectic sound that blends post-punk, art rock, and new wave influences, the band achieved international success with their hit single "Echo Beach" in 1980. Martha and the Muffins was formed by two art students, Martha Johnson and Mark Gane, at the Ontario College of Art. They were soon joined by David Millar, Carl Finkle, Mark Gane's brother Tim Gane, and Martha Ladly. The band name was chosen as a playful jab at the plethora of "The Something-something" band names at the time. Th…

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Martha and the Muffins is a Canadian new wave band formed in Toronto in 1977. Known for their eclectic sound that blends post-punk, art rock, and new wave influences, the band achieved international success with their hit single "Echo Beach" in 1980. Martha and the Muffins was formed by two art students, Martha Johnson and Mark Gane, at the Ontario College of Art. They were soon joined by David Millar, Carl Finkle, Mark Gane's brother Tim Gane, and Martha Ladly. The band name was chosen as a playful jab at the plethora of "The Something-something" band names at the time. The group quickly beca…

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As a founding member of the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling rock band TOTO, songwriter/keyboardist Steve Porcaro had huge pop hits with "Hold the Line," "Rosanna," and "Make Believe." He also co-wrote "Human Nature" which is featured on Michael Jackson's 30 million-selling Thriller album. Steve's other band mates in Toto were his brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro, David Paich, David Hungate, Steve Luthaker, Bobby Kimball, Fergie Fredericksen, and Joseph Williams. Each of these guys also became in-demand session musicians, playing on numerous records. B…

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Marking the 80th Anniversary of Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band, Hindsight Records is excited to release the new historical album, The Glenn Miller Orchestra: 80th Anniversary Of The Army Air Force Band which contains fifteen hits newly recorded with strings. This project of fully remastered songs includes hits such as “Moonlight Serenade,” “All I Do Is Dream Of You,” “Sunrise Serenade,” “Cherokee,” “Speak Low,” “I Know Why (And So Do You),” “Adios,” “At Last,” “Sentimental Journey” with Crystal Gayle, and Miller’s biggest hit, “Chattanooga Choo Cho…

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Pat Arnold (born Patrica Ann Cole in 1946 in Los Angeles), professionally known as P.P. Arnold, is a soul singer who enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom in the 60s and beyond. Born into a family of gospel singers, PP married early, had two children, worked a series of menial jobs until the early 60s, when her friends contacted her with an offer she couldn't refuse. The girls had managed to arrange an audition for them to replace the original Ikettes, the vocal and dancer/singer troupe behind the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. One of the girls didn't show up and PP was asked to fill …

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PP Arnold: London's First Lady of Soul

Pat Arnold (born Patrica Ann Cole in 1946 in Los Angeles), professionally known as P.P. Arnold, is a soul singer who enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom in the 60s and beyond. Born into…

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Pat Arnold (born Patrica Ann Cole in 1946 in Los Angeles), professionally known as P.P. Arnold, is a soul singer who enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom in the 60s and beyond. Born into a family of gospel singers, PP married early, had two children, worked a series of menial jobs until the early 60s, when her friends contacted her with an offer she couldn't refuse. The girls had managed to arrange an audition for them to replace the original Ikettes, the vocal and dancer/singer troupe behind the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. One of the girls didn't show up and PP was asked to fill …

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Brian Cadd is an Australian singer-songwriter, keyboardist, producer and record label founder, a staple of Australian entertainment for over 50 years. As well as working internationally throughout Eur…

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Brian Cadd is an Australian singer-songwriter, keyboardist, producer and record label founder, a staple of Australian entertainment for over 50 years. As well as working internationally throughout Europe and the United States, he has performed as a member of numerous bands including the Groop, Axiom, The Bootleg Family Band and in America with the Flying Burrito Brothers before carving out a solo career in 1972.  Brian produced fellow Australian acts Robin Jolley, Ronnie Burns, Broderick Smith, Tina Arena and Glenn Shorrock and established his own record label called Bootleg Records. He als…

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John McEuen was born in 1945 and spent his high school years in California’s Orange County. He and lifelong high-school friend Steve Martin both got a job in 1963 in the magic shop at Disneyland whe…

John McEuen was born…

John McEuen was born in 1945 and spent his high school years in California’s Orange County. He and lifelong high-school friend Steve Martin both got a job in 1963 in the magic shop at Disneyland when they were just 16. When John saw Missouri bluegrass group The Dillards in an Orange County club a couple of years later, his life changed forever. He knew he wanted to be “a traveling music man”. As a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle) John has been recognised as a founding member and award-winning outstanding performer of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He left the group at…

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JOHN MCEUEN and NGDB – Strings and Stories

John McEuen was born in 1945 and spent his high school years in California’s Orange County. He and lifelong high-school friend Steve Martin both got a job in 1963 in the magic shop at Disneyland whe…

John McEuen was born…

John McEuen was born in 1945 and spent his high school years in California’s Orange County. He and lifelong high-school friend Steve Martin both got a job in 1963 in the magic shop at Disneyland when they were just 16. When John saw Missouri bluegrass group The Dillards in an Orange County club a couple of years later, his life changed forever. He knew he wanted to be “a traveling music man”. As a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle) John has been recognised as a founding member and award-winning outstanding performer of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He left the group …

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Leland Sklar has bee…

Leland Sklar has been a prominent figure among Hollywood session bassists dating back to the 1970s and ever since. Born in 1947 in Milwaukee, Lee has more than 2000 albums to his credit (and still counting), and is considered to be one of the "A" players in the highly selective L.A. rock music community where the competition for recording dates is fierce, and where only the strongest survive. His very recognisable bass playing style has been heard on hits by Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Carole King, Phil Collins, Keith Richards and Reba McEntire to …

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Leland Sklar has bee…

Leland Sklar has been a prominent figure among Hollywood session bassists dating back to the 1970s and ever since. Born in 1947 in Milwaukee, Lee has more than 2000 albums to his credit (and still counting), and is considered to be one of the "A" players in the highly selective L.A. rock music community where the competition for recording dates is fierce, and where only the strongest survive. His very recognisable bass playing style has been heard on hits by Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Carole King, Phil Collins, Keith Richards and Reba McEntire to name just a f…

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Cyrstal Gayle talks about the 80th Anniversary album release for the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Out now! Glenn Miller and His Orchestra became the first recording group to be awarded a Gold Record in 1942 for 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', and although he was killed in WW2, The Glenn Miller Orchestra …

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Out now! Glenn Miller and His Orchestra became the first recording group to be awarded a Gold Record in 1942 for 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', and although he was killed in WW2, The Glenn Miller Orchestra is the only orchestra from the Big Band Era who continues to tour to date – with nearly 100 tour dates this year alone and adding, the historical release of the 80th Anniversary of Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band is something to talk about! Newly recorded with strings, 'The Glenn Miller Orchestra: 80th Anniversary Of The Army Air Force Band' contains 15 classic tracks including “Sentiment…

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