NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Bob James, better known as godfather of hip-hop and smooth jazz, about an album of his early work. Once Upon a Time was recorded in 1965 but just released now.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

Bob James is one of those musicians you may not have heard of but who you’ve likely heard.

(SOUNDBITE OF BOB JAMES’S “NAUTILUS”)

KELLY: That’s his song “Nautilus,” just one of his songs which went on to become building blocks of hip-hop.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “DAYTONA 500”)

GHOSTFACE KILLAH: (Rapping) Say peace to cats who rock mack knowledge. Knowledgists (ph), street astrologists, light up the mic, God, knowledge this. Fly joints that carried your points, Corolla Motorola holder…

KELLY: Bob James is also a studio musician. Here’s his work on Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love.”

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “FEEL LIKE MAKIN LOVE”)

ROBERTA FLACK: (Singing) Strolling in the park, watching winter turn to spring.

KELLY: James has made plenty of music in later years, too, music which you might call smooth jazz. But when we asked him to speak with us, we wanted to
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