Friday, September 24, 2010

9/26-Roy Clark

Virginia born, multi-award winning virtuoso, actor, vocalist, philanthropist and all 'round great human being! Roy has headlined some of the world's most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Grand Palace in Brussels and the Rossiya Theatre in Moscow! A partial list of his many awards include 

Entertainer of the Year, Academy of Country Music 
Comedy Act of the Year, Academy of Country Music 
Picker of the Year, Playboy Magazine's Reader's Poll 
Best Country Guitarist, Guitar Magazine 
Grammy Award for "Alabama Jubilee." 

Roy became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1987. He was a favorite recurring actor on the classic television sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" which spawned several acting roles on television and the movies. Roy was the first country music artist to guest host Johnny Carson's Tonight Show! He also hosted the incomparable "Hee Haw" show for over two decades. He and wife Barbara live in Oklahoma where he finds time to fish, fly his airplanes and ride motorcycles. 

More Importantly, Roy Clark is STILL wowing audiences and releasing new CD's on his own label, Roy Clark, Ltd.

Friday, September 17, 2010

9/19-Little Joe, Charles Fox

Little Joe-Confessions of a Hollywood Hairstylist
For more than 100 years, every person who has ever given a haircut to a Hollywood Celebrity has Pledged, Promised and Vowed to publish every detail in a book.  Guess how many books have been written to date.  The answer is ONE!  The book is new and appropriately called CONFESSIONS... of a HOLLYWOOD HAIRSTYLIST.  The author is Little Joe Micale, Hairstylist to the Stars.  Interestingly, Little Joe has enjoyed a dual career as a writer!
          "CONFESSIONS..." is a selection of the Cream of the Crop of Little Joe's columns that were published in two Southwest Florida newspapers, the Islander, a Breeze publication owned by Ogden Newspapers and The News-Press, a Gannett newspaper.  News-Press readers elected Joe "Best Columnist of Southwest Florida Runner-up, 2007."
          Most of the columns focus on Hollywood Celebrities like Dirty Harry's alter ego, Clint Eastwood; Hollywood writer Sydney Skolsky;  Movie Sex Goddess Jayne Mansfield; dear friend Telly "Kojak" SavalasCheers Bartender Nick "Coach" ColosantoKung Fu's Philip AhnTop 40 Countdown KingCasey Kasem; Screen Beauties Connie StevensStephanie PowersDebbie Reynolds and Judy Garland; Comic Icon Red Skelton; the Comedy Team of Jerry Stiller and Anne MearaTony Curtisand Larry Storch.  Also meet a not-so-reclusive Howard Hughes!  And everyone will certainly enjoy an intimate look at the life of Character Actor Paul J. Micale, Little Joe's father, who with more than a hundred Movie & TV credits is best remembered as Father Carmine in the Rocky series of movies that starred Sylvester StalloneTalia Shire and Bert Young.

Charles Fox-Killing Me Softly

"Killing Me Softly With His Song." "I Got a Name." "Ready to Take a Chance Again." The themes from "Love, American Style," "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" and "The Love Boat."
What do these songs have in common?
They all came from the melodic mind of Charles Fox, who, for the past half-century, has composed more than 100 motion picture and TV scores, ballets and classical works. The two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee recalls his successful career in his new autobiography, aptly titled "Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music," which comes out next week.
At 69, the soft-spoken Fox certainly isn't resting on his laurels. He and frequent collaborator Hal David last week introduced "90210 Beverly Hills," the official theme song of the city.
"The mayor asked us to write it," says Fox, relaxing on a recent Saturday afternoon in his memorabilia- and award-filled music studio at his Encino house.
Just last week in Gdansk, Poland, he conducted a new composition written to commemorate the 200th birthday of Chopin.
He also penned the music and appears in the new documentary "100 Voices - A Journey Home," playing on 500 screens around the country for one night only on Sept. 21, about the personal stories and musical performances of a group of Jewish cantors and Fox, who traveled last year to Poland, the birthplace of cantorial music.
Born in the Bronx, Fox got his first professional start at age 15, playing in a band at a hotel in the Catskills. He attended and graduated from the High School of Music and Arts in New York City, then at 18 traveled to France to study for a few years at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau with the famed Nadia Boulanger, the influential composer, conductor and teacher.
"So many people asked me about her," he says. "She had an extraordinary ability to go into the heart and soul of each composer."
Fox collaborated with lyricist Norman Gimbel on his best-known hits including "I Got a Name" and "Killing Me Softly."
"I Got a Name," which was a big hit for the late Jim Croce, was written for the 1973 Jeff Bridges film "The Last American Hero."
"We played the song for Jim Croce over the phone," Fox says. "He said 'I would like to do it,' because it brought him closer to his father who died at a young age before he was able to fulfill his own dreams." (Sadly, Croce died in a small commercial plane crash before "I Got a Name" was even released.)
The same year Fox and Gimbel wrote "I Got a Name," they scored a huge international hit with "Killing Me Softly," recorded by Roberta Flack. It won three Grammys: song of the year, record of the year and female pop vocal. But Flack wasn't the first to record the haunting ballad; Lori Lieberman first sang it in 1971.
He and Gimbel had recorded nine of their songs with Lieberman when Capitol Records called and told them they really wanted to release the album as soon as possible. But they needed another song. "Norman had a book with some titles and thoughts of lyrics and he had this title, 'Killing Me Softly With His Song,' " Fox says.
"He wrote the lyric that day, called me at the end of the day and read me the lyric over the phone," he says. "I wrote the music that night and the next day we got together with Lori and she loved it."
Because she was a new artist, the album didn't get a lot of promotion but received ample airplay as part of music programming on American Airlines, which is where Flack first heard it. She got in touch with Quincy Jones to find out how to connect with Fox. He said he soon got a call one day saying, " 'This is Roberta Flack. We haven't met but I am going to record your song.' "
The song was a hit everywhere. And the song became another major hit in 1993 thanks to the Fugees' recording. Notes Fox: "It brought a whole new generation to the song."

Friday, September 10, 2010

9/12-Pat Boone

Pat Boone-Singer, Actor and Writer

Google Pat Boone – be warned, more than 1.9 million results show up! – and a word picture of an astonishing, long lasting, still thriving career in music and entertainment emerges.
Singer, actor, TV host, producer, songwriter, author, motivational speaker, TV pitchman, radio personality, record company head, TV station owner, sports team owner, family man, humanitarian, a man unafraid to air his views.
A lot of Pat Boones from which to pick and choose.
A lot of Pat Boones to go around.
Right now, Boone – the #10 all time top recording artist, according to music industry bible, Billboard – is the Lion in Winter, five decades of recording history behind him and a busy future ahead. A very active lion…

Boone runs his own record company, The Gold Label, designed for legendary artists of a certain age and certifiable talent (all with million-selling gold records to their credit) “It’s a senior tour for singers,” he jokes. “But there is a qualification: they have to be able to sell records.” So far Glen Campbell, Jack Jones, Roger Williams, Patti Page, Cleo Laine, Sha Na Na and others (as well as Boone himself) have lived up to the Founder’s Maxim. More than 30 Gold Record albums have been released to date.

Friday, September 3, 2010

9/5-Marvin Sapp

Marvin Sapp-“How Sweet the Sound”
Gospel Legends Donald Lawrence and Marvin Sapp will be on to Discuss Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound National Gospel Music Competition The gospel community’s biggest event is back in 2010 with a bang! Church choirs across the country will have the chance to win the title of “The Best Church Choir in America,” up to $50,000 and prizes in Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound competition. Choirs will also rejoice in the experience of performing in front of gospel giants like co-hosts CeCe Winans and Donald Lawrence along with the resident tour judge Marvin Sapp and community members! Church choirs will compete in 14 regions including: Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Memphis, TN; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C.; Newark, NJ; Cleveland; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA; St. Louis, MO; Oakland, CA; and Los Angeles, CA. Participating choirs will compete for the title of “The Best Church Choir” in their city, up to $16,000, prizes, and the opportunity to participate in Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound grand finale event in Washington, D.C. Two gospel legends are available to discuss how your community members can be a part of this celebration of gospel music! Co-host Donald Lawrence and Judge Marvin Sapp can share: • Tips on how to prepare for the competition • The judging process • Different categories for small and large choirs • What makes a great church choir • How everyone can be a part of the celebration • The V CAST People’s Choice Award for the choir that captures the heart of the audience at each regional performance and grand finale • The charity component HopeLine, which will collect wireless phones, batteries and accessories in regions where Verizon How Sweet the Sound events are held, to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local domestic violence shelters and nonprofit organizations • What makes great gospel music For more information, please visit About Donald Lawrence: GRAMMY-winning producer, composer and recording artist Donald Lawrence is one of the most influential figures in modern gospel music. After a stint as music director for soul legend Stephanie Mills, Lawrence made his mark in the gospel world by reshaping the regional Tri-City Singers in the 1990s and transforming them into an internationally acclaimed choir. The Charlotte, NC native guided the Tri-City Singers into superstar status in the gospel world with hits such as “The Best is Yet to Come,” “Encourage Yourself” and “The Blessing of Abraham,” which was number 1 on the Radio & Records Chart for a then record-breaking eighteen weeks in 2005. After a very successful Finale CD/DVD release and farewell concert tour with the Tri-City Singers, Lawrence retired from the group in 2007 to focus on personal and solo pursuits. As a producer, Lawrence has collaborated with artists as diverse as Mary J. Blige and jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, Hezekiah Walker and the legendary Clark Sisters. Lawrence produced himself again (along with Daniel Weatherspoon) on his sophomore solo CD The Law of Confession Part 1. He will co-host the competition with GRAMMY-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans. About Marvin Sapp: Debuting at #2, Sapp’s newest record, Here I Am, is the highest debuting gospel release ever on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel chart, R&B chart, Top Christian/Gospel chart and on the Christian/Gospel Digital Albums chart. Sapp was first introduced to the gospel community by Fred Hammond as a six-year member of the vocal group Commissioned. He later received a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Aenon Bible College and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Friends International Christian University. Musing on his smash gospel hit from the Thirsty release, Never Would Have Made It, Sapp, the senior pastor at The Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, says, “The mind blowing thing about Thirsty is that I put it out without expectation. There was no way to predict that Never Would Have Made It would have the impact that it had.” As a family man, Sapp believes praise and worship starts in the home he shares with his wife of 18 years, MaLinda and their three children Marvin II, Mikaila and Madisson. He will be a judge in the “How Sweet the Sound” competition.