Transcript: Chris O'Dell on Her Access to Music Legends

Chris ODell sat down for an interview with ABC News Kate Snow on Oct. 9,2009.

Chris O'Dell sat down for an interview with ABC News' Kate Snow Oct. 7, 2009. The following transcript of their interview has been edited for clarity.

KATE SNOW:
The first thing I wanted to ask you is can you just ... can you just really quickly summarize all of the many, many bands that you have worked for because there are so many I'm not even sure I know the whole list?

CHRIS O'DELL:
OK, and sometimes I forget.

KATE SNOW:
Can you remember how ... how ... do you know how many? Have you ever counted?

CHRIS O'DELL:
No I've never counted.

KATE SNOW:
OK.

CHRIS O'DELL:
I just figured that whoever was around at that time I usually have a story connected to so ...

KATE SNOW:
Right.

CHRIS O'DELL:
So starting with the Beatles. The Stones, Bob Dylan, um ... George Harrison when he toured with Ravi Shankar, Santana, Earth, Wind and Fire, Phil Collins, um Fleetwood Mac, and I'm sure there are more.

KATE SNOW:
Linda Ronstadt.

CHRIS O'DELL:
Linda Ronstadt, Jennifer Warnes. Yeah.

KATE SNOW:
It's not a shabby list.

CHRIS O'DELL:
No.

KATE SNOW:
It's a pretty good list.

CHRIS O'DELL:
That was a pretty good list.

KATE SNOW:
How did you break into this world? How did you get into this in the first place?

CHRIS O'DELL:
Well I ran away from home sort of. My parents drove me, literally, and ended up in L.A. and I just had to get out of Tucson. I needed to do something different and I loved music. But it was totally by accident that I ended up working at a record company and met Derek Taylor who was The Beatles' press agent and was going back to London at Apple and we became friends and he said why don't you come over?

KATE SNOW:
Do you remember that moment? It must have

CHRIS O'DELL: Yeah. I do.

KATE SNOW:
I mean now looking back it's a pivotal moment in your life, right? If you had said no none of the rest of it would have happened.

CHRIS O'DELL:
absolutely. Absolutely. Yeah I remember thinking oh yeah right, never. That would never happen. I couldn't name but I didn't even believe he really knew them.

KATE SNOW:
The Beatles.

CHRIS O'DELL:
Yeah.

KATE SNOW:
And then you get there.

CHRIS O'DELL:
And then I get there.

KATE SNOW:
And I think on your first day at least one if not two Beatles walked in the door.

CHRIS O'DELL:
Well two; Paul ... Paul came in and I could hear his voice through a wall and it was like oh my gosh, you know? And then I walked out of the door and there was ... there were John and Yoko sitting there and it was ... was the ... the most fabulous day because they went from being like these magazine photos and .. .and these people I'd seen on TV to being real live people. Yeah.

KATE SNOW:
How did you deal with that? That ... were you star struck at first? Were you, you know, shy, anxious around them or did ... or would ... do you think ... do you think maybe ... I'm wondering if maybe some of the reason they always wanted you around from then on out was because you were comfortable around them.

CHRIS O'DELL:
Uh ... I have a ... I think I have a really good way of ... of kind of minimizing my anxiety andand my shyness and and covering it up with an ability to seem confident and and to just look at the person for who they are and I think they recognized that.

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