Iâ€™ve been telling you here and onÂ Showbiz411.comÂ that the R0ck and Roll Hall of Fame wouldnâ€™t invite or acknowledge the only child of Laura Nyro to their induction ceremony inÂ ClevelandÂ on April 14th. Well, good news, itâ€™s a Passover-Easter miracle. Joel Peresman, president of the RRHOF Foundation, has informed Gil Bianchini thatâ€™s thereâ€™s been a change of heart. Gil and significant other (mother of his one year old twin girls), has been invited to sit with the stars and celebrities at the Cleveland event. Heâ€™ll also be called up to the stage, where Bette Midler will introduce him and give him his motherâ€™s award.
Itâ€™s a happy ending. I donâ€™t know all the details yet, but suspect that Bette Midler and Jann Wenner had a hand in making this happen. So, thatâ€™s great. Bianchini was young when his mother died. Heâ€™s a sweet whoâ€™s just now understanding how incredibly talented, important, and influential she was. As he told me recently, â€œI just thought of her as my mother.â€
This may be a turning point for the RRHOFâ€“doing the right thing. I hope so. For people who love rock and pop, and respect its history, we want the Foundation to be on the good side of things.Â Now maybe, too, Bianchini can get his motherâ€™s personal effects from Nyroâ€™s former executor, Patti Di Lauria, without having to go to court.
In the meantime, over the weekend, look up Laura Nyroâ€™s many recordings, and the classic covers of her songs by the 5th Dimension, Three Dog Night, Blood Sweat andÂ Tears, and Barbra Streisand among others. Hopefully some of them will show up this summer for theÂ LincolnÂ Center outdoor concert tribute to Nyro thatâ€™s also being planned.