May 2013
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This month I am presenting a Michael Callen Tribute Show, and he was one of the artists I hold in most esteem,
both for his music and AIDS activism. As usual I got carried away and the result is a four-hour show,
packed with music from all parts of Michael's career. And I also have interviews and comments from a
number of people who worked with him along the way, eleven in total. These include his partner
Richard Dworkin and bandmates Pam Brandt and Jon Arterton, and co-writer Marsha Malamet. I feel the
song "Everything Possible" was an important one, not only to the Flirtations but to our culture, that I
contacted the writer, Fred Small, and that evolved in a bonus segment in Part 4.

Part 1 - 59:56
Flirtations - Bop 'Til You Drop (1992)
Pam Brandt Interview
Lowlife - Living in Wartime (1985)
Richard Dworkin Interview
Lowlife - Where the Boys Are (1985)
Marsha Malamet Interview
Michael Callen - Love Don't Need a Reason (live, 1993)
Michael Callen - Love Worth Fighting For (1995)
Michael Callen - Jockey / Wonder (1982)
Jon Arterton Interview
Flirtations - My Boyfriend's Back (1988)
Flirtations - Mister Sandman (1992)
Michael Callen - Crazy World (1996)
Jim Bredeson Interview
Fred Small Interview
Flirtations - Everything Possible (1990)

Part 2 - 59:04
Callen, Malamet & Allen - Love Don't Need
      a Reason (1988, 1995, 1990)     LDNAR3
Michael Callen - How To Have Sex (interview, 1983)
Michael Callen - How To Have Sex (1988)
Michael Callen - Me & Dickie D (1988)
Michael Callen - When This Fever Breaks (1990)
Michael Callen - Fool Heart (1990)
Michael Callen - Scheherazade (Tell a Story) (1993)
Flirtations - The Flirt Song (1990)
Flirtations - To Know Him Is To Love Him (1990)
Jon Arterton Interview
Michael Callen & The Flirtations - Sometimes
      Not Often Enough (1996)
Holly Near Comments
Michael Callen - LDNAR intro
Marsha Malamet comments
NYC Gay Men's Chorus - Love Don't Need a Reason (1991)
Michael Callen - Just Look in Our Eyes (~1989)

Part 3 - 60:54
Michael Callen - They Are Falling All Around Us (1996)
Michael Callen - Mother Mother (1996)
John Bucchino Comments
Michael Callen - Do Not Turn Away (1996)
Tom Robinson Comments
Michael Callen & Tom Robinson - Two Men
      Dance the Tango (1996)
Jim Bredeson Interview
John Berno & Jonathan Whitton - On the Other Side (2013)
Romanovsky & Phillips - Hymn (1991)
Ron Romanovsky Comments
Grant King - Michael (1994)
Cris Williamson, Tret Fure & Michael Callen - Living On (1993)
Michael Callen - Innocence Dying (1993)
Arnold McCuller Comments
Michael Callen - The Healing Power of Love (1996)

Part 4 - 58:58 - Fred Small Special Segment
Motherlode - Everything Possible (1987)
Fred Small Interview
Flirtations - Everything Possible (1990)
Fred Small - Annie (1985)
Fred Small - Marine's Lament (1993)
Fred Small - Larry the Polar Bear (1985)
Fred Small & Cris Williamson - This Love (1988)
Fred Small - Scott and Jamie (1988)
Fred Small - The Heart of the Appaloosa (1985)
Fred Small - Everything Possible (1985)

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Recordings of "Love Don't Need a Reason"

late addition, discovered 6/21
Perry Wood 1996 CD, Listen
More on Perry Wood

If you know of others, please email me

And, April 2020, my friend Dr Matt Jones did this wonderful talk on Michael Callen's work;
not sure how long the link will be good but it's worth a listen.

And the book....released November 2020

and my review of it...

Love Don't Need a Reason: The Life & Music of Michael Callen - by Matthew J Jones

I have been waiting for this book for many years, and Jones did
not let me down. Callen (1955-1993) was the gay singer I admire
the most, and having done a radio show for 15 years called Queer
Music Heritage, I have often been asked who was my favorite.
It's always Michael Callen. In 2013 I did a four-hour tribute radio
show to him, which featured interviews by eleven people/singers
close to him. So my point is…I have thoroughly 'studied' Michael
Callen, and naturally would be very critical about short-comings
in a book honoring one of my heroes. I really found nothing I can
nit-pick…this book is beautifully written and scholarly researched.
The only shortcoming was it lacking an index, but that was a financial
decision many new authors face.

In full disclosure I know the author and am honored to call him a friend.
We have corresponded with each other for many years on Facebook,
mostly about Callen, and when he moved to Houston a year or so ago
I took him out to a welcome dinner. So I've been waiting anxiously for
'the book." And also for his next one, titled "How to Make Music in an
Epidemic: Popular Music-Making During the AIDS Crisis: 1981-1996."
I'm chomping at the bit for that one, as I have studied that area also.

Callen's life really had two different driving forces….his music and AIDS
activism. He was a pioneering activist and it is important for this to be
documented, in how he wrote about it, spoke about it was a leader in
getting the subject out in the open. I adored his music, with and without
the vocal group the Flirtations. And I think it should be mandatory that
his posthumous "Legacy" CD should be the collections of every LGBT
person. And the song "Love Don't Need a Reason," from his "Purple Heart"
album I consider an inspirational and emotional anthem, and one of hope,
not to mention his simply beautiful voice. In short, if you do not know about
his life and music, consider this your invitation.

Michael Callen Peter Allen NYC Gay Men's Chorus Bill McKinley Tom Postilio Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC Barbara Cook Turtle Creek Chorale Love Worth Fighting For Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus Seattle Men's Chorus Christine Andreas Loretta Holloway Robert Leuze Brenda Cochrane Boy from Oz Boy from Oz Holly Near Donald Cant London Gay Men's Chorus Lynn Emanuell Gulf Coast Men's Chorus - Sarasota David Harris Jon Arterton & James Mack Kevin Spirtas Marieann Meringolo South Florida Lambda Chorale Norman Lasiter