Record producer's music A-Z: Madagascan royalty to dead racehorses

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By Jeremy Gaunt

LONDON (Reuters) - A is for "Ain't Misbehavin'", a jazz classic partly written by a Madagascan royal; G is for "Greenville", a Lucinda Williams country putdown redolent of 20th-century Russian Acmeist poetry.

Veteran music producer and author Joe Boyd is nothing if not eclectic in "Joe Boyd's A-Z", a podcast series running on iTunes, acast and his own website.

Already up to J, it runs the music gamut - country, reggae, blues, folk, world, bluegrass, Americana, jazz and gospel.

Each drills deep into an aspect of music inspired by Boyd's more than 50 years in the business working with artists such as Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Toots and the Maytals, R.E.M. and Taj Mahal.

Along the way there have also been books - "White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s" and a yet-to-be published delve into world music - and film work, including on scores for "Deliverance", "Clockwork Orange" and "McCabe and Mrs Miller".

Now come the podcasts.

"Music is my business and my life," Boyd told Reuters in his London flat, a music geek's heaven of obscure records, old- and new-style audio devices, books and vintage photos of the likes of Percy Sledge and Jimi Hendrix.

Towering over it all are more than 5,000 LPs and some 30,000 CDs. It is from these that "A-Z" is drawn.   Continued...

Veteran music producer Joe Boyd poses in front of his vintage record collection in London, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Jeremy Gaunt