Comedian, actor and singer Robert Klein was using all of his talents in 1979 as he performed a Tony-nominated role in the musical 'They're Playing Our Song' while simultaneously hosting a comedy/rock radio show. Taped live before a studio audience, 'The Robert Klein Hour' was designed to host discussions with stars from the worlds of music and movies in a relaxed, humorous atmosphere where profanity was allowed (if not encouraged). As such, the guests were able to be themselves, resulting in some unique interviews. Musical performances were offered occasionally as well.
This show, the 26th of the series, was recorded in January of 1980 and kicks off with a monologue from Robert Klein. His first two guests of the evening are Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton, Aerosmith's frontman and bassist, respectively. Recorded just after their 'Night In The Ruts' album was released, the band had been together for ten years and were among the best rock bands in America, if not the best. Klein chooses not to ask the questions provided in the band's press kit, instead leading the chat to places most likely to get a reaction from the crowd.
With Tyler and Hamilton still on stage, Klein then introduces George Martin, who was on the show to promote his memoir, 'All You Need Is Ears.' The book was about his entire career working in studios, and the discussion reflects that. Proportionally, his work with The Beatles takes up the majority of the time, and his thoughts on Phil Spector's work on 'Let It Be' and the chances for a reunion are especially interesting.
1 - Robert Klein (Opening Monologue)
00:00 - Intro
00:34 - Restrictions at the swimming pool
01:38 - Getting started in show business / Richard Rodgers and a dirty limerick
03:50 - Buying a belt
04:42 - An ominous soundtrack for life
05:07 - Merchandising based on insanity
06:20 - Show preview
2 - Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton (part 1)
00:00 - Introductions
00:40 - Who'd win in a fight: Aerosmith or The Rolling Stones?
01:07 - A high-class, American R-and-B band