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You may not know the name Benny Harrison, but you’ve no heard his music. He’s played on records and performances by everyone from Tommy James to Felix Cavaliere.
His first band, Benny and the Spydrs, were regulars at the infamous China Club back in the day. Now, he’s focused on his upcoming solo album Pages; to be released shortly and a show at NYC’s Bitter End in December.
We caught up with the Mr. Harrison at a rehearsal studio in midtown-Manhattan.
T2C: How does it feel to be one of the most in-demand players around?
BH: Having that respect means volumes to me. I have many great teachers that I have played with who have taught me the art of “concept.” I like creating parts that work within the song. I like to sit between the drums and the bass; and always feel we are the rhythm section that keeps the groove going and supports the singer and the strings (guitars).
T2C: Tell us about your background and the China Club.
BH: Born in Harlem, my father was mulatto and my mother was Puerto-Rican. When I was 5, my parents bought a house in Clark, New Jersey. Both came from similar backgrounds and wanted to elevate themselves from the lower class environment that they found themselves in and move socially and economically upward – bringing family members with them. I am a blatino american. As far as the China Club … that is where my band Benny and the Spydrs were discovered. That place was the mecca for every major artist, musical and theatrical to come to and hang and jam. That era solidified my quest to be in the music business.
T2C: I’m sure you’re a huge Rascals fan; what happened when Felix called?
BH: I found out from Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) that he was doing a project with Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish. I said to him – I should be playing in that group, especially since The Rascals, Felix especially, is where so much of my musical DNA comes from. I was recording the first songs for my new record, Pages, when I got the call to come to S.I.R rehearsal studios to come and jam with Carmine, Gene and Felix. I had a great rapport with management and even found them a great tenor/bassist, James Keneally, to come to the rehearsal with me. They wanted to play 3 songs, we ended up doing about 6 songs. I was over the moon. I am playing and singing with the guy who created the blue-eyed-soul category. Great songs and hooks … those Hammond B3 performances, attitude … Hall and Oates, Todd Rungren, John Mellencamp, Vanilla Fudge, Zombies, even Ray Charles was inspired by Felix.. He wanted to do a cover of  “Groovin'”…could you imagine that?
T2C: And Tommy James; another legend. Tell us about those shows with him.
BH: Tommy is another one of the classic greats like the Rascals. Still sings all his songs in the same key that he sang them when he was 15 years old. Has a great loyalty to his band and his shows are awesome. Band is killer and I get a chance to play the B3 in the band. Both Tommy and Felix have become friends and mentors.
T2C: Pages is your solo album; tell us a bit about it.
BH: My friend, musical partner and producer, Mike Ciro ( Alejandro Sanz, Alisha Keys), asked me a year ago, when the hell are you going to do an album? Now, Mike was with me when I had the Spydrs and his role hasn’t changed. He says,” I want to produce it, but it has to have all new material. A month later I brought in 16 tunes. Most of them were ideas on my iPhone, but I demo’d them and played each one of them to him. He liked 13 of them, and we ended up with 11 that are on the record. They are all about the people that are close to me; shared experiences and how those experiences have affected my life. Different from the Spydrs … a natural evolution of myself and the inspiration drawn from some of the contemporary artists that I really like. Some of the tracks where written on guitar, so there is a lot of my acoustic guitar playing on this record as well as keys. Have a great recording team along with co-writers on this record – Brian Dunn, Charley Drayton , Skoota Warner and Simon Kirke on Drums. Gene Perez, Will Lee and Eddie Martin on bass. Corey Glover, Linda Pino and Sara Devine on background vocals. Mike Ciro, Mike Severs, and Julio Fernandez on guitars. Emedin Rivera on percussion. Tim Carbone on Violin and Marty Kutler on Bango as well as Rob Paparozzi on harmonica. A powerful team. I co-wrote some of the songs with Simon Kirke, Rich Blood and Bobby Z.
T2C: Did you write all the songs on it?
BH: Yes except “This is Love”, “Dressed in Black” with Simon Kirke; “MyTurn” with Felipe Rose; “Soon” with Rich Blood; and “High School Dream.” with Michelle Juhans-Sheldon.
T2C: And a premiere date for the album is at NYC’s Bitter End on December 6.
BH: December 6th at the Bitter End is more than just premiering the record. It will also have an unplugged section that I have really wanted to do, with tracks that may appear on 2nd Page, my next record.
T2C: Tell us about your doc series coming up.
BH: Back Up Front is basically my story with my band of accomplished players who have literally played with almost every major artist, coming to the forefront and what it takes to get this whole process together. You’re the fly on the wall, getting to know these individuals who have great stories to share but are vibrant personalities as well. New York-centric too. You heard us; now get to know us. Unique in that we break down all the barriers: ageism, cultural, genres … we really blow wide open all the doors on all of these because there isn’t any of that bullshit when you get into the trenches (clubs). Art is universal.
T2C: Is it all filmed?
BH: Yes. Just did filming at the Cutting Room in NYC, which will be the setting for this series. Had Joe Bonamassa as a guest and now is part of the family for the show.
We’ll see you at the Bitter End December 6

G. H. Harding is a four decades insider to the entertainment world. He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production companies and several cable outlets. His anonymity is essential in bringing an unbiased view to his writings on pop culture. He is based in NYC.

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The Eighth Annual LOVE ROCKS NYC Benefit Concert for God’s Love We Deliver

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The eighth annual LOVE ROCKS NYC benefit concert for God’s Love We Deliver will be live from the historic Beacon Theatre in NYC on Thursday, March 7.  Executive produced by iconic international fashion designer John Varvatos, NYC Douglas Elliman real estate broker and prominent concert producer Greg Williamson and esteemed concert/events producer Nicole Rechter, and hosted by Conan O’Brien, Tracy Morgan and Jim Gaffigan, the concert will support and honor the work of the cherished New York-based not-for-profit.  The organization, which was founded during the AIDS pandemic in 1985, now addresses 200+ diagnoses with its medically tailored meals and nutrition services.  Last year, the staff and volunteers cooked, packaged, and home-delivered more than 4 million medically tailored meals to more than 14,700 New Yorkers living with and affected by severe illness.

Since launching in 2017, the annual LOVE ROCKS NYC concerts have brought together an astonishing lineup of musical talent, raising $30 million to date and helping to fund 3 million meals to New Yorkersliving with illnesses.  The benefit concert highlights the organization’s continued mission of providing life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people in the New York Metropolitan area living with severe illness.  As a member of the Food is Medicine Coalition (FIMC), God’s Love we Deliver supports the coalition’s national mission while offering vital services to local communities. God’s Love has seen a 20% increase in meals delivered over the past year.

For the eighth anniversary, the LOVE ROCKS NYC 2024 all-star lineup, led by Music Director and Band Leader Will Lee (The CBS Orchestra), will feature The Black Keys, Hozier, Nile Rodgers, Tom Morello, Don Felder, Bettye Lavette, Joss Stone, Allison Russell, Emily King, Marcus King, Lucius, Larkin Poe, Trombone Shorty, Luke Spiller (The Struts), Quinn Sullivan, Bernie Williams and more to be announced.

The past seven LOVE ROCKS NYC benefit concerts have featured an outstanding array of music stars from legendary headliners such as Keith Richards, Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews, Robert Plant, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, Chris and Rich Robinson, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Warren Haynes, Buddy Guy, Billy F Gibbons, Ziggy Marley, Cyndi Lauper, Heart and John Mayer Trio to contemporary stars such as Andra Day, Sara Bareilles, St. Vincent, Yola, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff, Maggie Rose, Ledisi, The War and Treaty and 2024 will keep the momentum going!

The outstanding house band will include Steve Gadd (James Taylor, Paul Simon), Shawn Pelton(Saturday Night Live), Larry Campbell (Levon Helm, Bob Dylan), Eric Krasno (Soulive, Phil Lesh & Friends), Pedrito Martinez (Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Camila Cabello), Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Michael Bearden (Lady Gaga) and a six-piece horn section. Ken Dashow of Q104.3 Radio will also serve as the evening’s “voice of god.”

The evening’s sponsors are Bloomberg Philanthropies, RJKB Family Charitable Foundation and Secunda Family Foundation. Additional sponsors include Ernst & Young, JT Magen, Samuel N & Dena M Lombardo, The Campbell/Ribbecke Family, DK Display Corp., Daily Provisions, Gramercy Tavern, Shake Shack, Villa One Tequila, RWE Partners and official media sponsors iHeartMedia, Wall Street Journal, Q104.3 and Conde Nast.

God’s Love We Deliver pre-sale tickets go live on Thursday, February 8 at 10:00amET, and public tickets go live on Friday, February 9 at 10:00amET through www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, please visit: loverocksnyc.com

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McCALLUM’S FAREWELL — Last night was the NCIS show dedicated to David McCallum (The Stories We Leave Behind) and it was simply terrific. Written by Brian Dietzen, who essays Dr. Jimmy Palmer on the show, it was extremely touching and featured some great clips from past shows.

The vibrant opening theme for the show was re-cast in a memorial-type tone and worked perfectly. There was also a reference to his cat named ‘Solo’ – a fitting nod to his Man From U.N.C.L.E. costar Robert Vaughn.

McCallum was just a tremendous actor. I one met him once in Bloomingdale’s of all places and he couldn’t have been nicer. There was also last-minute cameo from Michael Weatherly, who left the show several years ago. It was just a brilliant moment and though pundits are already saying he’ll return, I don’t think it will come to pass.

There was also a letter from Gibbs (Mark Harmon) whose shadow always lingers.

A touching tribute well done on every level. McCallum will be missed tremendously; an icon for sure. 7 million viewers thought so too.

Kelly Rowland

SHORT TAKES — Last week’s kerfuffle with Kelly Rowland abruptly leaving the Today Show, where she was pegged to co-host the fourth hour with Hoda, is much ado about nothing. Gossip pundits claimed it was because her dressing room was too small and Hoda herself sort of copped to it on Monday’s show. I predict she’ll be banned from the entire show for quite some time. It was probably more of a stunt pulled by her PR-people, as she generated a heap of press. For those who don’t know: most all of their dressing rooms are small …

Kjersti Long

17-old wunderkind Kjersti Long (her “Sad Song” was just released) looks to have her Relative Space-play begin in the West End, pegged for later this year  …

Vanessa Williams will have for the role of Miranda Priestly in the upcoming musical adaption of The Devil Wears Prada by Elton John, It’ll debut in the West End shortly … SiriusXM’s Evan Levy left the station for Amazon, but has now officially surfaced at Jason Spiewak’s Noble Steed Music.

Congrats … Micky Dolenz speaks to Goldmine’s Tone Scott today about his I’m Told I Had A Good Timebook and upcoming appearance at LA’s Troubadour on April 5 … The media was ablaze Tuesday with news that director Sam Mendes would make 4 movies featuring each of The Beatles. Astonishing. Mendez is a great director and this looms as a challenge for sure. As a group they were invincible, but it’ll be interesting to see how Mendes handles each of their post-Beatles work; which had their ups and downs. Stay tuned, this is a big one …

Rod Stewart sells his catalog for $100 million? … We started watching Feud: Capote vs. The Swans -featuring a bravura performance by Tom Hollander as Truman Capote- and am loving it tremendously. Hollander’s performance is one of the best I’ve seen in years on the small-screen. Absolutely stunning with the direction by none other than the stellar Gus Van Sant. More on this brilliant series next time …

Yoko Ono

Happy 90th Bday Yoko Ono.NAMES IN THE NEWS — Steve Leeds; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Adam Sandler; Jennifer Aniston; Curt Smith; Bob Small; Andy Forrester; Rob Dickens; Daryl Estrea; Jane Blunkell; Jane Berk; Eloise Keene; Eppy; June Pointre; Ken Kragen; Kent Denmark; Mark Bego; Jake Malooley; Graydon Carter; and ZIGGY!

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Amber Gray, Tony Yazbeck, Robert Klein, Julie Gold and More Win The Bistro Awards

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Bistro and MAC Award-winning artist Steve Hayes serves as host for the evening. He is a comedian-actor-writer and the host—for 15 years—of YouTube’s hit show Steve Hayes: Tired Old Queen at the Movies.

Writer and critic Gerry Geddes, longtime Bistro Award Committee member and senior contributor, as well as an award-winning director, is set to helm the Bistro Awards for the third time.

Truly a comedian’s comedian, Robert Klein will be presented with the Bistro Award’s top honor, the Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award, for his six decade-plus career as an innovative and influential stand-up comedian—a career augmented with his extensive work as an actor in theatre, film, and television. He has been a source of inspiration for such talents as Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, and Jay Leno, among many others.

Julie Gold will be honored with a special award asIconic Singer-Songwriter-Raconteur. She has been a fixture in New York City’s cabaret community for over three decades. Gold seamlessly blends her melodies with incisive lyrics—then presents her songs to her listeners with grace and nuance.

The committee celebrates Amber Gray with an award for Creative Artistry in a Cabaret Debut. Brimming with talent, wisdom, and emotion, her show Gray Matter was a uniquely personal introduction to the cabaret world.

Tony Yazbeck is receiving an award as Song & Dance Performer. His shows at 54 Below showcased his ability to adapt the energy, heart, and artistry of Broadway performance to an intimate space. Yazbeck’s charisma and versatility made for an extraordinary evening.

In 2023, Karen Mack put her considerable performance and songwriting talent on full display in an array of venues and shows—in solo presentations, in her ongoing jazz/swing series with Elliot Roth, and as part of the vocal group Those Girls. Whatever the occasion, she was a constant delight. The committee honors her for her excellence in a Variety of Cabaret Performances.

A Bistro goes to two singers who created shows paying tribute to legendary songwriters. Wendy Scherl receives her award for Tribute Show. In The Sweetness and the Sorrow: The Songs of Marvin Hamlisch, sheexplored the late composer’s biography with great heart, complementing it with stories from her own life. She performed some of Hamlisch’s most beloved songs as well as some of his lesser-known titles. Jason Henderson receives recognition as Musical Comedy Performer. He impressively harnessed his singing and comedic talents for his show Getting to Noël You—effectively using the songbook of Noël Coward to help tell his own story ofmaking ends meet while pursuing his dream of becoming a performer.

In the Vocalist category, Margaret Curry garners an award for her outstanding artistry. She brought her admirable singing and acting skills to her show The Space In-Between. Drawing the audience into her sphere, she shared a deeper look at life through her carefully selected, beautifully and uniquely arranged songs.

The committee will honor two shows that took an autobiographical approach. Roberto Araujo receives the Autobiographical Show honor for his exuberant show I Just Wanted You to Know. He treated audiences to a sparkling, multimedia-style evening— focused specifically on his own life and career, yet displaying a remarkable, universal appeal. Elvira Tortora’s The Bookmaker’s Daughter is a well-told personal tale about a family like no other, beautifully enhanced with savvily selected songs. The show earns this newcomer to the cabaret scene an award for Musical Memoir.

Lisa Vroman’s show Ingénue…Ingé-Not-So-New delivered a constantly surprising and engaging collection of songs, acted and sung with passion, humor, finesse, and top-tier musicality. She will receive an award for Theatrical Cabaret.

David Dean Bottrell will take home an award for Storyteller. His shows reveal him to be a frank and fearless comedic monologist, unafraid to set aside humor at moments, in order to plumb the depths of human experience.

With her recording Permanent Moonlight: Songs of Richard Rodney Bennett, Maud Hixson pays tribute to an icon of the music industry. Showcasing her impeccable vocal talents and her sensitive interpretation of lyrics, the album earns Hixson an awardfor her excellence in Recording.

Linda Kahn likewise receives an honor for Recording, for her outstanding album Wait Til You See Whats Next. This collection not only demonstrates her stunning singing talent, but it also shines a light on some of New York’s finest songwriters and musicians.

The evening’s musicians include the award show’s resident maestro, Musical Director Daryl Kojak (piano), along with longtime Bistro Awards musicians Ritt Henn (bass) and Rex Benincasa (drums).

Sherry Eaker, formerly the longtime Editor-in Chief of Back Stage, has produced the event since its inception in 1985. Eaker heads up the BistroAwards.com roster of writers and critics. Mark Dundas Wood, who has been part of the Bistro Awards committee since 2012 and who writes regularly for BistroAwards.com,serves as an associate producer of the show for the third time. Mary Lahti, who has been production assistant on the show for the past four years, is assistant producer.

The gala event will be held on Monday, April 1, at 7:00 pm, at Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street, in Manhattan. Tickets range from $75.00 to $275.00. Ticket buyers in all categories are invited to the Bistro After Party as guests of the Bistro Awards. For details about the various ticket categories and early-purchase prices, visit www.BistroAwards.com.

Following is a complete list of artists whom, we believe, attained Outstanding Achievement during 2023 and/or for their body of work:

Robert Klein / Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award

Julie Gold / Iconic Singer-Songwriter-Raconteur

Amber Gray / Creative Artistry in a Cabaret Debut (Gray Matter) 

Tony Yazbeck / Song & Dance Performer

Karen Mack / Variety of Cabaret Appearances

Margaret Curry / Vocalist (The Space In-Between)

Wendy Scherl / Tribute Show (The Sweetness and the Sorrow: The Songs of Marvin Hamlisch)

Elvira Tortora / Musical Memoir (The Bookmaker’s Daughter)

Roberto Araujo / Autobiographical Show (I Just Wanted You to Know)

Lisa Vroman / Theatrical Cabaret (Ingénue…Ingé-Not-So-New)

David Dean Bottrell / Storyteller

Jason Henderson / Musical Comedy Performer (Getting to Noël You)

Maud Hixson / Recording (Permanent Moonlight: Songs of Richard Rodney Bennett)

Linda Kahn / Recording (Wait ’Til You See What’s Next)

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BAFTA and The Peoples Choice Winners

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Michael J. Fox got a standing ovation when he presented the Best Film Award at 2024 BAFTAs. “Oppenheimer” wept the BAFTA Awards with 7 wins including Best Film “The Holdovers” and “Poor Things” were also honored at the British equivalent of the Oscars, while “Saltburn” and “Barbie” left empty-handed but scored big at The Peoples Choice Awards. Here is the complete list:

For the BAFTAs

Best film: Oppenheimer

Leading actress: Emma Stone – Poor Things

Leading actor: Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer

Supporting actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers

Supporting actor: Robert Downey Jr – Oppenheimer

Director: Oppenheimer – Christopher Nolan

EE Bafta rising star award (voted for by the public): Mia McKenna-Bruce

Outstanding British film: The Zone of Interest

Film not in the English language: The Zone of Interest

Animated film: The Boy and the Heron

Documentary: 20 Days In Mariupol

Original screenplay: Anatomy of a Fall

Adapted screenplay: American Fiction

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer: Earth Mama

Original score: Oppenheimer

Make-up and hair: Poor Things

Costume design: Poor Things

Production design: Poor Things

Sound: The Zone of Interest

Cinematography: Oppenheimer

Editing: Oppenheimer

Casting: The Holdovers

Special visual effects: Poor Things

British short animation: Crab Day

British short film: Jellyfish and Lobster

Bafta Fellowship:: Samantha Morton

Outstanding British contribution to cinema: June Givanni

The top films

  • 7 wins – Oppenheimer
  • 5 – Poor Things
  • 3 – The Zone of Interest
  • 2 – The Holdovers

For The Peoples Choice:

Music icon: Lenny Kravitz, presented by Victoria Monet

People’s icon: Adam Sandler, presented by Jennifer Aniston

The Movie: Barbie

The Action Movie: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

The Comedy Movie: Barbie

The Drama Movie: Oppenheimer

The Male Movie Star: Ryan Gosling, Barbie

The Female Movie Star: Margot Robbie, Barbie

The Action Movie Star: Rachel Zegler, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

The Comedy Movie Star: Jennifer Lawrence, No Hard Feelings

The Drama Movie Star: Jenna Ortega, Scream VI

The Movie Performance: America Ferrera, Barbie

TV

The Show: Grey’s Anatomy

The Comedy Show: Only Murders in the Building

The Drama Show: The Last of Us

The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Loki

The Reality Show: The Kardashians

The Competition Show: The Voice

The Bingeworthy Show: The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Male TV Star: Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us

The Female TV Star: Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building

The Comedy TV Star: Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

The Drama TV Star: Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

The TV Performance: Billie Eilish, Swarm

The Reality TV Star: Khloé Kardashian, The Kardashians

The Competition Contestant: Ariana Madix, Dancing with the Stars

The Daytime Talk Show: The Kelly Clarkson Show

The Nighttime Talk Show: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Host: Jimmy Fallon, That’s My Jam

MUSIC

The Male Artist: Jung Kook

The Female Artist: Taylor Swift

The Male Country Artist: Jelly Roll

The Female Country Artist: Lainey Wilson

The Male Latin Artist: Bad Bunny

The Female Latin Artist: Shakira

The Pop Artist: Taylor Swift

The Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

The R&B Artist: Beyoncé

The New Artist: Ice Spice

The Group/Duo: Stray Kids

The Song: “Vampire,” Olivia Rodrigo

The Album: Guts, Olivia Rodrigo

The Collaboration Song: “Barbie World,” Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice With Aqua

POP CULTURE

The Concert Tour: Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour

The Social Celebrity: Taylor Swift

The Comedy Act: Selective Outrage, Chris Rock

The Athlete: Travis Kelce

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WE ARE THE WORLD DOC ON NETFLIX — I just watched the Netflix doc on the 1985’s We Are The World record and session and enjoyed it immensely. It’s hard to believe it was so long ago and the participants that appeared on it and are no longer with us. I interacted with manager Ken Kragen who brought the idea to Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson after being approached by Harry Belafonte. Kragen was a savvy manager back then and even managed the Smothers Brothers for a while.

Recorded after Dick Clark’s AMA Awards, it was simply a stellar turnout. Every article on the record said that at the last-minute Quincy Jones took a blank piece of paper and scribbled Leave Your Egos At The Door – inspired for sure. Today, it’d be Leave Yor Egos At The Door With Your Glam Squad.

I don’t know if a session like that could even happen today with so much natural unrest – even in the music  business. Even A&M Studios where the session took place has changed to Henson Studios.

Its a funny doc as we start with insider-comments from two women who worked for Kragen and producer Larry Klein – who was involved with Dick Clark back then. Then, the three of them sort of disappear and Richie takes over as narrator; engineer Humberto Gatica has some nice memories too; as doe Tom Bahler, an associate of Jones who worked with him for years.

There were some funny reminiscences, mostly from Huey Lewis, who found himself amazed to be with the likes of Paul Simon and Willie Nelson. At one point Wonder starts playing Belafonte’s “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” and then the entire ensemble continues to sing it.

Wonder, definitely a musical genius, even coaches Bob Dylan by mimicking his voice. Diane Ross ambles over to Daryl Hall and asks for his autograph. Funny stuff for sure.

It’d be nice if something like this happened today, but I fear it’s near impossible. JLO doing a charity record with Selena Gomez, Arianna Grande and Beyonce? Never.

Micky Dolenz

DOLENZ ON AMERICAN POP FLASHBACK — Over a dozen of the most successful singing artists in the history of American music including Glen Campbell, Lesley Gore, Bill Medley and many more are presented live-on-stage with thrilling concert performances in the new Public Television special AMERICAN POP FLASHBACK! GREAT HITS OF THE ‘60s & ‘70s premiering nationwide beginning the weekend of February 23 (please check local listings for air-dates/times).

Join program host, legendary singer Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, as he salutes the groundbreaking musicians, teen idols, TV stars and vocal greats from rock, pop and country whose hits make us sing along, tap our feet, shed a tear, fall in love and recall the great memory-filled times of our lives.

Appearing exclusively on American Public Television stations, the all-star concert features performances by late legends Glen Campbell (“Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman”) and Lesley Gore (“It’s My Party”) in addition to a cavalcade of timeless classics and Number One Hits by Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “(You’re My) Soul & Inspiration),” The Chiffons (“One Fine Day”), Bobby Vinton (“Blue Velvet”), Ray Stevens (“Everything Is Beautiful”), Debby Boone (“You Light Up My Life”), Chris Montez (“Let’s Dance”),Tony Orlando (“Candida”/”Knock Three Times”) The Osmond Brothers (“One Bad Apple,” “He Ain’t Heavy…He’s My Brother)”, Crystal Gayle “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”) and other chart-topping favorites.

Additionally, the programs legendary host Micky Dolenz thrills fans with a performance of The Monkees’ signature hit I’m a Believer. AMERICAN POP FLASHBACK! GREAT HITS OF THE ‘60s & ‘70s presented by American Public Television is a production of DEB Entertainment and Emmy-nominated producer Jim Pierson (“California Dreamin’” – The Songs of The Mamas & The Papas, Fever The Music of Peggy Lee) in association with Emmy Award-winning producers Rene Reyes and Shane Rosamond

SHORT TAKES — We’ve written about how similar TV’s Yellowstone is to Dallas; a huge hit back-in-the-day. Sure, the language is a bit more torrid, but the similarities are indeed many.

Taylor Sheridan

Now Roger Friedman reports that Yellowstone-creator Taylor Sheridan is creating a show (With Jon Hamm; Demi Moore; and Billy Bob Thornton attached) closer to Dallas than ever before. Of course, Kevin Costner starred in Yellowstone and is being written out. Check it out here: https://showbiz411.com/2024/02/16/taylor-sheridan-doing-a-thinly-disguised-riff-on-dallas-with-jon-hamm-billy-bob-thornton-demi-moore-in-oil-rich-texas

David Salidor; Scott Shannon and Steve Leeds

… Happy Bday Steve Leeds & Mitch Kanner!NAMES IN THE NEWS — Michelle Grant; Art Rutter; Jimmy Fallon; Vinny Napolitano; Jodi Ritzen; Dan Zelinski; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Anthony Noto; Robert Funaro; Steve Klein; Steve Leeds; Mark Bego; Sophie Ellis-Bextor; Brad Pitt; and CHIP!

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