This special episode of GVAC features not one, but TWO legendary guests (and old pals), as Ronny chats with esteemed songwriter, musician, and record producer, Vini Poncia, as well as the great singer-songwriter, Joe “Bean” Esposito.
Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, Vini formed a songwriting duo with Peter Anders in the 60s that was eventually coined the “The Trade Winds.” The duo collaborated with Phil Spector and penned songs for the Ronettes and the Crystals. He carried that momentum into the 70s, writing and playing on a number of Ringo Star’s post-Beatles, solo releases and winning the 1978 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song with Leo Sayer’s "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing." Those accomplishments led to his songwriting and production work for Kiss, which included co-writing their iconic track, "I Was Made for Lovin' You."
Joe “Bean” Esposito songs have been recorded by Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Stephen Stills and many more. He’s been nominated for three grammy awards, including Album of the Year (“Flashdance”) and Best Motion Picture Soundtrack (“Staying Alive”) in 1984, and Best Pop Duo with Brenda Russel for "Piano in the Dark" in 1988.
Tune in to hear these two legends discuss what it’s like to record with the Beatles (“I was sh*tting in my pants…It was unbelievable”), what Vini considers his favorite song he’s ever written, and all about the duo’s latest collaboration on their brand new record, “Rhythm “n” the Blues.”
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