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Answers; Annette, Pat Boone, Paul Anka, Fabian, Bob Denver
TJ Lubinsky, not an oldie himself, keeps the oldies alive… resurrecting forgotten artists and programs, latest being 5 shows, which debuts this Sat. Night on PBS > oldiescountry.com/
Loved hearing how this ‘under age’ lover of his father’s music went and found older, original rock and R&B singers who hadn’t sung in 40 years and brought them back for one last hurrah in his fabulous doowop, etc. PBS series’ as well as Ed Sullivan, and now Murray K revivals…talking To George Noory on Coast to Coast, even young Lubinsky dismisses modern ‘music’ (‘no harmony,no melody,etc’) and remains lost in the 50s and 60s he never knew growing up.
Lubinsky tells the story of ‘unearthing’ (if you will) people like Betty Everett, down and out but who managed to get it together to reunite with Jerry Butler for one last performance 40 years later; she would pass two weeks later. https://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/16/nyregion/in-person-he-may-be-golden-but-he-s-no-oldie.html
Okay, who stopped the payment on my reality check?
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FILM DOMUMENTARY: The Agony and Ecstacy of Phil Spector
Phil Spector was a pioneer of American music, a legendary producer to John Lennon and Tina Turner, and, as of April 13th 2009, a convicted murderer. Yet the Spector who appears in Vikram Jayanti’s documentary is not the severe, outlandishly coiffed defendant seen in sensationalistic accounts of his trial, but a charming, savvy music executive with a generous, but arguably accurate, estimation of his place in the history of popular music. (from Rafael Theater review, San Rafael CA)
PHIL SPECTOR – EDITOR’S NOTES:
After just losing 2 hours of writing my review of this film I saw last night, let me just say , that whatever you think of Phil Spector I would recommend seeing this film. For old rock and rollers or anyone iinterested in a good psychological drama, producer gives us a little bit of everything by juxtaposing Spector’s’ music with the court case and with , the highlight, excerpts from a rare interview he got with Spector just prior to the court case and eventual conviction.
Spector was now in jail for over 10 years so critics can feel more comfortable watching this film knowing he was paying his dues for an apparent accidental murder of girlfriend Lana Clarkson. Those with a psychological bent maybe able to get into the head of Spector , at least somewhat, to see if a miserable childhood with suicidal father may have contributed to Spector’s bizarre personality. At the same time, one must be able to separate this terrible crime from a brilliant music career that has been largely forgotten .
Whether it is because rock and roll never gained full respect until the Beatles came along in 1964 or because Spector’s behavior was so abhorent
to many, some great music may never have seen major exposure again without the criminal case. I know its sad that it often takes a crime to bring a talent back in the limelight. But take it for what it is. Ajanty has laid out 20 or so of of Spectors finest productions, featuring classics like Be My Baby by the Ronnettes and You’ve Lost That Lovin Feeling by The Righteous Brothers as a backdrop, or perhaps foredrop, to the ongoing trial excerpts and amazing S pector interview from 2007.
In the interview excerpts, chich account for about half the movie, Spector comes across as both sympathetic and perhaps sociopathic, as he has been labelled by many. His grandeous ego and seeming lack of wrongdoing goes along with the latter, yet one must consider Spectors actual statements – much more lucid than might expect – re the trial and the treatment he has received both recently and in his past. Spector talks about his father, who committed suicide (though Spector embellishes the story, saying that his Dad ‘ shot himself when Phil was five or six’ when , in fact, it was by gas asphyixiation when Spector was 10 or 11, according to the producer, who was in the audience opening night, in San Rafael, where he later tood questions.
Phil Spector’s landmark effort, River Deep Mountain High, by Tina Turner in 1966, is regarded by many pure music critics as his finest single effort; yet, by then Spector’s time may have run out. The recording failed inthe United States, though it was No. 1 in England. Spector blamed it on white DJs not wanting to play it because it was too black and black DJs not wanting to play it for whatever reason, I didn’t quite get… Few would have little to do with him and the Ramones actually fired him midway thru recording, to this writer’s memory.
Spector was given a second life, as it were when Beatles and then John Lennon and George Harrison hired him . Many top sellers came out of these sessions, including a the ‘Let It Be’ sessions, ‘My Sweet Lord’ for George Harrison, ‘Imagine’ for Lennon, a full album of classic rock and roll from Lennon and some rewrites including ‘The Long and Winding Road,’of which Spector had criticized the original as full of mistakes with John ‘playing wrong notes on bass, ‘ etc. It may be a wonder the Beatles kept Spector around as long as they did, thru 1972 and Lennon’s song ‘ Woman is the World’s Nigger.’ Buy then maybe they realized Spector knew what he was talking about. Spector always known for speaking his mind and speaking out; elsewhere in the film he criticized his wealthy and talented high school mates and teachers at Fairfax High in Los Angeles for NOT speaking out, saying he was the only one who did, and became ostricized for it. He was always a loner, he said, though music did give him a modicum of popularity.
The Agony and Exstacy of Phil Spector has a little bit of something for everyone. Music fan or not, you should find it compelling and one of the few films that combines psychological drama , great music and a rare, up close, candid interview, the likes of which you will probably never see again.
As a music person, I would like to see a second movie about Spector featuring the making of the ‘Wall of Sound,’ interviews with members of the ‘Wrecking Crew’ which backed many Spector productions, more of the lesser known gems produced by Spector, such as those by Ray Peterson and Gene Pitney (including the incomparable ‘Every Little Breath I Take’ which can be heard on this site) and the infamous ‘Christmas Album’ in 1962.’During the trial on Court TV we were treated to interviews with many of Spector’s cohorts such as Darlene Love(who sang on many of the songs, regardless of group name, Carroll Connors, who sang lead on ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him,’ Spector’s first recording, on which he sang, with the Teddy Bears .
Phil Spector is crazy, brilliant, charming all in one and he was convicted of killing a woman for which he paid his price.
Join Jerry Lee Lewis for the YouTube and Facebook Premiere of “Whole Lotta Celebratin’ Goin’ On: 85 Years Of The Killer” hosted By John Stamos to air October 27 benefiting World Vision!
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon and the “Last Man Standing,” Jerry Lee Lewis, will celebrate his 85th birthday with his millions of fans around the world. The virtual livestream event, hosted by actor John Stamos, will feature performances and well wishes from friends and fans of Lewis. The evening will feature a special moment, the first time in forty years that Jerry Lee has been in the same room with his famous cousins, country legend Mickey Gilley and iconic televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.
Whole Lotta Celebratin’ Goin’ On: 85 Years of The Killer will air on Tuesday, October 27 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT via Jerry Lee Lewis’ official Facebook and YouTube channels and JerryLeeLewis.com. The event will benefit World Vision, a Christian organization working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty. For good. www.worldvision.org/jerrylee
The current list of celebrities lined up to celebrate “The Killer” includes: Andy Grammer, President Bill Clinton, Billy F Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Brenda Lee, Chris Isaak, Chris Janson, Drew Carey, Elton John, Freda Payne, Gavin DeGraw, Jacob Tolliver, James Burton, Jerry Kennedy, Jerry Phillips, Jimmy Swaggart, Joe Walsh, John Fogerty, Keith Richards, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Linda Gail Lewis, Lindsay Ell, Marty Stuart, Mickey Gilley, The Beach Boy’s Mike Love, Nancy Wilson, Peyton Manning, Priscilla Presley, Randy Houser, Ringo Starr, Tanya Tucker, Tom Jones, Willie Nelson and Wink Martindale along with appearances from Jerry Lee Lewis’ road band, Kenny Lovelace, Ray Gann and Kenny Aronoff.
‘Back when people found time for each other… a time of kindness and courtesy… back when we would sit in the shade and find faces in the clouds… back when we were more innocent…and free.
Oh, I know life wasn’t perfect back then… and memory has a way of highlighting the good while forgetting the bad and calling it all the ‘good old days’.
Still, there’s a reason we hold on to those good memories. Why life seems, in retrospect, happier than it appeared. Why we think back on those times with a smile… Why we remember the laughter instead of the tears…
It’s because we cannot escape our past no matter how comforting…or beautiful…or frightful… but If we can bring the best of our past to our present… it makes our future much more delightful…
So now when I sit in the shade and find faces in the clouds. I take a moment to say thank you because of those ‘good old days. ‘ -FF
Well said FF. As a sidelight, I just heard a politician praising tbe internet , saying ‘the internet is the books of today.’ Yeah, I’ll take 1962 or 1957 or anything before, say, 1984…as if history doesn’t exist. Yes , the past certainly lives on, must live on. Imagine if a new Draconian govt. said we could only read, listen and watch media from recent times… nothing before 1984, which is another topic for another time..
Imagine life without books and movies that came out before 1984 and the sounds of