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Saturday, August 14, 2004

The Buzzy Linhart Tribute Album: Masquerade Ball

Leata Galloway recorded Buzzy Linhart's MASQUERADE BALL "In 1974 we went into the studio and cut more than one song; this one closed the second act of the Broadway musical THE TRIALS OF OZ."
The material was recorded at Bell Labs - produced by Buzzy.

So 7:01 PM E.S.T. on August 14, 2004 we decided to put together a tribute disc - other performers covering
Buzzy Linhart. We would love to use the 45 RPM version of "Friends" by Bette Midler, different from the
two versions on The Divine Miss M.

See review written May 8, 2003:

In 1992 Cerebral Corps recorded "Music" on their release on Alias Records produced by Jeff Saltzman - we are considering that track for the tribute. Buzzy sang the tune that Etta James recorded in the 1950s, "At Last",
with Phoebe Snow at The Bottom Line in 2003. Buzzy has fond memories of seeing Etta onstage onetime as a guest of Bonnie Raitt circa 1982 - at The Palomino Club in L.A. Etta sat in for one song and Bonnie was so enamoured by Etta's vocals that she didn't want to sing. She said "No you sing" and Etta said "No, you sing!"
She was spellbound. Everybody was.

Re: The Trials of Oz

We were taking civil rights to the Broadway stage. Unfortunately the original producer passed away and it wasn't handled properly after that.

Leata Galloway sang these lyrics MASQUERADE BALL
Written by Buzzy Linhart and Jordan Kaplan

And the only difference between you and me,
is that you get to do what you wanted to be
And, the only difference between me and you, is that
I must keep searching, till the sun shines through

Chorus: The harder they come/the softer they fall,
but when you hold back/you get nothing at all
You used to be big/but now you're just tall
You think life is a masquerade ball

Second Verse

You move up a rung/by consuming your young
the judgment's been made/and the jury's been hung
And one last announcement/I must make to you
Is that we will take over/when you think that you're through

Last line changes and goes into chorus:

Yes we can take over/if you feel that you're through

the harder the come/the softer they call
but when you hold back you get nothingt at all
You used to be big/but now you're just tall
you think life is a masquerade
life is a masquerade
life is a masquerade ball

Bette Midler Song Reviews

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

The Rose

Bette Midler Album Reviews

Bette Midler 2nd Album

Live At Last / Bette Midler

The Rose

Bette Midler Thighs & Whispers

Monday, August 09, 2004

August 9, 2004

Joe Vig Thinks out loud before Buzzy Speaks:
August 9 Richard Nixon resigned today(1974), and Sharon Tate resigned as well(1969). August 4, 1962 was the parting of Marilyn Monroe. Did Marilyn Manson take his name from Marilyn Monroe and Sharon Tate both dying within 7 years of each other, five days apart in those seven years.

Buzzy asks how many letters in Marilyn Manson, 7 letters in Marilyn and six in Manson makes for 13. And Friday the 13th is this Friday, 2004. Last month, July, we had a blue moon. Buzzy sang "Blue Moon" before it was a Doo Wop hit. Before Buzzy gives today's lecture, kids, I want to speak with him about stuff of his on EBAY

A British single from Pussycats - Jerry Wexler's dear wife, who was a very nice person - she told him it had to be the single - You Don't Have To Tell Me Goodbye. The flip side - "a tear outweights a smile" - is a slow blues. "One of my favorite moments in life was Michael Bloomfield telling a room full of people that "A Tear Outweighs A Smile" was the greatest blues ever written."

Buzzy will call back. It is 11:59 PM EST, 8:59 PST

2:05 AM EST
When I was little I had a sister who was two years parents encouraged me to have a hobby, ---I tried to have a coin collection, tried to have a stamp collection. We didn't have enough money for me to have a decent size or quality hobby, so to speak. So I decided I would cut myf avorite tv stars and movie stars out of the back of magazines and that generally included ...there being a tobacco advertisement. It was crazy, here's a 7, 8, 9 year old trying to have a hobby, ...they were all smoking these cigarettes and they were all swearing that camels were very gentle on the T-Zone - a picture of a throat with a T - ...

Friday, August 06, 2004

THE GROOVE TUBE: August6/ 7 Thoughts from Buzzy

The interesting thing about THE GROOVE TUBE is that we started making it in 1970 and Kenny (Shapiro, the Direct0r of THE GROOVE TUBE) had seen me in a movie in 1969 named DEALING. The lady producing the documentary (Shelly), God Bless Her, bought a digital copy of Dealing - the entire name of the film is actually -
Dealing: or, The-Berklee-To-Boston-Forty-Brick-Lost-Bag-Blues. It's a great movie and should be more important because of the three Academy Award winners in it: John Lithgow, Barbara Hershey and the great Charles Durning!
Our documentary will feature the important moments, the highlights of my appearance in this movie, so stand by for that. We started THE GROOVE TUBE in 1970 with a budget of $195,000.00 - very low, even in those times, and did not finally finish everything and get it out until some time late in 1973. The scene that I did frontal male nudity in had to be viewed (as did the entire film) by a board of national censors. Perhaps because I was active and running during most of my appearance in THE GROOVE TUBE, and that it was not a romantic scene in any way whatsoever, is why we were able to not be given an XXX rating. Due to this permissive (I think fairer) MPAA R. rating that the board eventually gave us, hundreds of thousands of younger folks were allowed to experience the basis for the style of humor that would become common Saturday Night fare just three years in the future on Saturday Night Live (also, featuring Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer, sometimes Shapiro).

On Donovan:
In 1968 Donovon (Leitch) and Shawn Phillips came over to the living/rehearsal loft of THE SEVENTH SONS and played a bunch of Shawn's new tunes with Donovan playing lead behind Shawn and the rest of us learning the chords and doing a rough version straight to tape, and that's some of the tapes we are going to see soon!

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Tuesday August 3, 2004 9:06 PM PST (12:06 EDT August 4, 2004)