In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed James Patterson, the country’s bestselling author of adult fiction, for my “House Call” column in the Mansion section (go here). What you may not know about Jim: His father didn’t give him a hug until he was on his deathbed, he was the head of J. Walter Thompson’s U.S. operations for a time and he came up with the ad line, “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid.”
Also in the WSJ, I interviewed bestselling thriller author Lisa Scottoline on her Joni Mitchell conversion in college and what happened next for my “Playlist” column in the Review section (go here). [Photo above of Lisa Scottoline courtesy of Lisa Scottoline]
Love Paris? I do. And so does someone else online who has assembled dozens of album covers between 1957 and 1963 that used Paris as a theme (go here).
Peter, Paul and Mary appeared on the Jack Benny Program in January 1964. Once again, before you cringe, check it out. The clip is touching and we get to hear the folk trio in skits…
Baden Powell. Steve Barrow sent along a link to a 1972 documentary directed by Pierre Barouh about Brazilian music in 1969. According to IMDB, the film features “the only color footage of Pixinguinha; images of João da Baiana, one of the fathers of samba; Maria Bethânia rehearsing at Barroco nightclub; Baden Powell playing his acoustic guitar; Paulinho da Viola showing his masterpiece, Coisas do Mundo, Minha Nega that he just finished; and Márcia, a singer from São Paulo.” Go here…
You’ll find the Saravah documentary as a DVD here.
Bill Kirchner radio. On Saturday evening (June 17), Fritz Byers will broadcast a three-hour program of Bill’s albums on his long-running show, Jazz Spectrum 91. The show will air on WGTE-FM 91 in Toledo, Ohio, from 9 p.m. to midnight (EDT). You can listen on your computer or phone from anywhere in the world by going here. Click on “listen live” in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
What the heck. Here are the Intruders performing Cowboys to Girls on Soul Train in November 1971…
Oddball album cover of the week.
As we can tell by the expression on this cover model’s face, women of the 1950s really enjoyed being terrorized by loud brass and woodwind instruments in close proximity to their ears.