Although every other part of her career has been covered by plentiful reissues, Dana Gillespie’s time with RCA (when she was in the MainMan stable of recording stars, overseen by Tony DeFries) has long been overlooked, acknowledged by merely one compilation (Andy Warhol, still available on Cherry Red’s Lemon imprint). Fortunately, in 2019, it finally happened. Cherry Red’s What Memories We Make rounds up everything that Dana recorded in the 1971-1974 period, including two albums and lots of brilliant extras. I quite unabashedly consider myself a Dana devotee. Not only is her music never less than fascinating, she’s a mine of stories and reminiscences and very stimulating company. I spoke to her at length about the MainMan era for Record Collector magazine (a title I’ve been fond of since the 1990s). The feature appears in the August 2019 issue, which can be ordered here.

Photography: Gered Mankowitz

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