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Season 2

Tales of...My Dead Heroes

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#17: Doc Pomus Comes Back/Part 2

THE GREAT BLUESMAN TELLS IT STRAIGHTDoc Pomus no longer had to cater to the teenage rock ’n’ roll market. He…

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#16: Doc Pomus Comes Back/Part 1

THE EARLY STIGMA OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL After a dormant decade, the great songwriter Doc Pomus was back in business…

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#15: The Fall of Al Goldstein/Part 2

FROM PARADISE TO THE GUTTER The Great Pornographer went from Upper East Side family man/pornographer-next-door to Bowery bum. The First…

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Season 1

Tales of...Times Square: The Tapes

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#1: Pee Wee

PEE WEE MARQUETTE WAS THE CAUSTIC M.C. AT HISTORIC JAZZ CLUB, BIRDLAND, DURING THE ’40S AND ’50S. The short-tempered midget…

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#2: The Ghetto Avenger

TO HEAR IZZY GROVE IS TO UNDERSTAND DAMON RUNYON. UNNERSTAND? One of the last Guys & Dolls characters to survive…

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#3: Mr. Burlesk

WELCOME TO THE BACK OFFICE OF THE MELODY BURLESK. Frank Sinatra’s boyhood pal and first bodyguard, Bob Anthony, also became…

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About the podcast

Writer-guitarist Josh Alan Friedman was born in New York City in 1956. In a town of 50,000 writers, Josh was the only one covering the pre-Disney Times Square beat, for the men’s magazines of the era. He always marched to his own drummer, appearing in National Lampoon, Soho Weekly News, New York and High Times. By 1987, he’d had enough and followed his wife Peggy to Texas, a year after Tales of Times Square—the subject of our first season’s podcast—was published.

This seasons podcast presents Tales of...Josh’s Dead Heroes. Short stories, memories and the voices of Doc Pomus, Jerry Leiber, Cy Coleman, Mario Puzo, Keith Ferguson, Joel Dorn and Tiny Tim.

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