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Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione discusses 'live' recording versus overdubbing.

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Chuck Mangione discusses his steady rise to fame.

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Chuck Mangione discusses the relationship of music and televison.

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[discussing lack of television appearances by famous jazz artists]

Q: “There’s such an untapped source of great musical talent that people know and acknowledge and don’t use…”

A: “I think that television is coming very close to this next most important step. I think it has completely over-saturated the sports element, the talk show, the soap opera, the quiz program and all of that and the next area is really going to be music. It's got to be, and when they plug that television set into your Hi-Fi system or however they work it out, it's going to be the salvation because there is nothing else to go to. And concerts and musicians are very, very visual and it should be the answer. Because what has happened now you have the variety show where they've taken an individual who has some kind of special attraction or talent or whatever it may be into whatever degree and they try to make that one person everything. A person who is a good singer now has to be in a comedy sketch and a juggler and has to be able to interview and do all kinds of things instead of a performer who goes out and plays his music for an hour and half and 10,000 people are coming to see him every night. Then they certainly are going to sit down and watch him on the tube when it comes on. But it's got to happen and I think it's coming, coming closer. In fact, I've been noticing in the last month in The Tonight Show, for example, that tonight John Luponte is on, you know, which I think is for The Tonight Show is a rare, rare, you know, occasion. Sergio Mendez was on last week and the band, Friend [ph] Space, and it seems like they're becoming aware of the fact that music is an important part of people's lives and it can be very entertaining. It kills me to see the band sitting over there and knowing who is on the band and the kind of players that are in the band and hearing the crowd roaring when they come back from the break and them not getting any space, but it seems to be changing now.”