Ned Doheny interview

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(This interview originally appeared on Wondering Sound, a site since vanished down the memory hole of the internet.)

Ned Doheny scans as a lucky man. Born into an oil tycoon fortune, the California-born singer-songwriter befriended Jackson Browne when both were teenagers and soon found himself signed to David Geffen’s newly-minted Asylum Records alongside the likes of Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, and the Eagles. By the mid-70s Doheny’s songs were being covered by Chaka Khan, Average White Band, and David Cassidy to name a few, yet for his own career, fame and fortune eluded him. His particularly sweet and rhythmic take on blue-eyed soul fell on deaf ears with the release of his second album, 1976’s Hard Candy, despite Boz Scaggs’ breakout success with Silk Degrees but a few months earlier. And while Doheny’s laidback work also scans as “yacht rock,” he was even looked over with that subgenre’s revival.

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