Tawny, Camille and Laila
In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed actress Tawny Cypress for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Tawny co-stars in the new Showtime drama series, Yellowjackets. Tawny talked about her parents' divorce, how the split left the family poor and how she and her mom and sister and brother moved 31 times in New Jersey before she was 18. [Photo above of Tawny Cypress by Kailey Schwerman, courtesy of Showtime]
SiriusXM interview. Last week I was interviewed by Nik and Lori on their daily Feedback show on SiriusXM (Channel 106) about my new book, Rock Concert: An Oral History. You can listen to the entire interview by going here...
Dame Shirley Bassey. In the wake of my post on Dame Shirley Bassey, I heard from Claude Neuman. In reference to my statement that Dame Shirley was “a highly optimistic underdog, someone who had achieved and battled back despite the hurdles thrown up in front of her or the pitfalls of her own making,” Claude sent a clip of Dame Shirley singing this Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields song from 1985. Go here...
And Andrew Carroll in Ireland (and Kim Paris in the U.S.) sent this Dame Shirley clip (a tweaking of Jazz 625) with the Propellerheads...
Dick Farney. Following my post last week on Dick Farney, I received the following from Ruy in Colombia:
Hi Marc. The full name of the hotel you mentioned is Hotel Copacabana Palace.
Although Farney's recordings for Elenco are excellent, Farney's
greatest recordings, in my opinion, were on Continental in the 1940s and Odeon and RGE at the end of the '50s. Farney had two important rivals that your readers may want to check out—Lucio Alves and Agostinho dos Santos.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Last week, following my WSJ piece on ELP's Pictures at an Exhibition, I heard from Kim Paris of the FM Radio Archive:
Marc, thanks for your JazzWax segment this week about Emerson, Lake & Palmer. I was still in high school when that album was released. I'd like to share two performances by ELP on FM Radio Archive with you and your readers. The first was recorded in 1977 and broadcast on the nationally syndicated King Biscuit Flower Hour. The second from New York in 1978 was on WLIR-FM, and includes a 15+ minute version of "Pictures at an Exhibition."
You can find them both here.
Studio rockers. Last year, famed rock studio guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar, and drummer Russ Kunkel came together to form a band called the Immediate Family. In August, they released their first album Can't Stop Progress. Chris Cowles, on his WRTC-FM radio show Greasy Tracks, interviewed Russ, Leland and Waddy and played their music. To listen to Chris's hour-long show, go here.
In London? Check out the Blue Note Records pop-up store that just opened in Coal Drops Yard, in London's Kings Cross. It features exclusive Blue Note merchandise and limited-edition vinyl along with wall art, books, DVDs and CDs. But hurry. The store will remain open until Saturday, November 20. Here's the official address: Blue Note Records, Lower Stable Street (Kiosk 108), Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, N1C 4LW.
Hunting for an album? New or rare, ask Jim Eigo of Original Vinyl Records if he has it in stock. Drop into his two stores, send an email or call him up. They ship anywhere. Perfect holiday gift surprise for a friend who loves a particular artist or band and owns a turntable. Jim also carries sealed box sets no longer available at Amazon. Email: OriginalVinylRecords@gmail.com. Phone: 845-987-3131. Site: Go here.
And finally, here's Laila Kinnunen, a little-known Finnish pop singer with a terrific voice, who died in 2000...