Denny Somach has decades of experience as an award-winning producer, historian, and best-selling author of “Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became The Biggest Band In the World.”
Over the course of his career, Somach has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, but perhaps none as intriguing or influential as Liverpool’s most fabulous four.”A Walk Down Abbey Road” book cover by Denny Somach
Somach has interviewed not only members of the Beatles, but also their producers, engineers and industry personnel. He’s also showcased his expertise on countless shows, including Howard Stern, The CBS Morning News, Good Morning America and The Today Show. That’s what makes Somach’s new book, “A Walk Down Abbey Road” a must-have for any Beatles fan — May 8 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “Let It Be.” Somach’s volume chronicles years of personal interviews with artists like Billy Joel, Elton John and Joe Walsh sharing anecdotes and recollections of how the band and their music affected and, in many cases, changed the trajectory of their lives.
With a foreword by Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, “A Walk Down Abbey Road” is not intended to go head-to-head with other Beatles biographies, but rather to serve as a complement and provide readers with a multi-faceted set of viewpoints on the impact of what was, arguably, the most influential band ever.
Denny Somach said: “Back in the eighties, I produced a weekly syndicated radio show about the Beatles called Scott Muni’s “Ticket To Ride,” which was on the air for 10 years. I’ve done a lot of first-hand interviews and have been collecting them for more than 30 years.
During that time, I interviewed all of the Beatles, except for John [Lennon]. I also interviewed Yoko a few times as well as [producer] George Martin and pretty much everyone who’s ever worked with them. I knew that Beatles fans would love to hear all these stories, so the idea was to compile them all in one place.I also interviewed Paul, Ringo and George whenever they had a new album out to promote, and worked with John’s sons, Julian and Sean. I’ve also spoken with all the people associated with the Beatles, including the guys who worked behind the scenes for the band. If there was a Beatles story, I went and found it.”
” Ron Isley told me all about the night he watched the Ed Sullivan Show with Jimi Hendrix sitting next to him on the couch. It’s a story I’d never heard before and it’s in the book.”
“I’d like them to know that every celebrity, no matter how big, has a Beatles story and this book is my way of sharing some of them. The cool thing is that you don’t even have to read it from beginning to end. You can just pick a story and read it. For this book, I wanted to document my interviews about the Beatles and and pass them along. This was my generation and I hope everyone enjoys it.”
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