A Few Words From Leon Huff, John Lee Hooker, Milli Vanilli And More – Backstage At The 1990 Grammys© – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

In 1990 people wondered - in 2015 people wouldn't.

In 1990, people wondered – in 2015, people wouldn’t.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Backstage Press interviews – 1990 Grammy© Awards – Feb. 22, 1990 -Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

Since today is a big day in the Music Business (or it used to be), I thought it might be good to take a look back at what was going on 25 years ago on a night just like this one. The business has changed, the people have changed, the audience has changed. The Music is still the same (the notes, anyway).

The Grammy© Awards have always been a big media event. Aside from the actual presentation of the awards and the ceremony itself, there are the interviews – the Press area backstage where breathless and dazed performers are barraged by a tsunami of questions; some legit, some downright silly; but always interesting.

This is a sampling of those interviews, most of them, as part of the Radio and Print press conference coverage. There’s a chunk of history here – from the opening interview with Leon Huff to the spontaneous lovefest with Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker. An awkward (and in the end contentious and cut-off) interview with Milli Vanilli, who would later have the whole thing unravel in an unceremonious way. A downright giddy barrage of questions to Paul McCartney and a lot more in between for a little over an hour.

A slice of Music history, to be sure. Twenty-five years ago – what it was all about then. It was the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s.

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