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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

Mister D: Ok, I admit that I’m prejudiced, but this list could be whittled down in seconds for me. My standards are high, well in some things, and some of these people don’t really belong on this list. Gold Derby Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler Chris Beachum April 11, 2018 6:00AM The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas. Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie. But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our photo gallery features 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected soon. For our purposes a person must be at least 60 years old to be in our gallery. We are not going to include the retired Doris Day and Gene Hackman as well as the reclusive Woody Allen since attendance at the event is mandatory. Tour through our photos and sound off in the forums about who you think should be selected soon. 1. Dick Van Dyke Van Dyke is just an Oscar away from EGOT status. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Van Dyke and Company,” and “The Wrong Way Kid.” He won a Tony Award for “Bye Bye Birdie” (1961) and a Grammy Award for “Mary Poppins” (1964). Van Dyke is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2013. 2. Liza Minnelli Minnelli is very close to EGOT, having never won a Grammy Award before. She won a Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace” (1965), an Oscar for “Cabaret” (1973), and an Emmy for “Liza with a Z” (1973). The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, other films have included “The Sterile Cuckoo” (1969, her first Oscar nomination), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Arthur” (1981). 3. Denzel Washington Washington is the only African-American with two Academy Awards for acting (“Glory,” 1989; “Training Day,” 2001). His other Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” (2016, producing and acting), and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017). He also won a Tony Award for the same role in “Fences” (2010). 4. Gladys Knight The “Empress of Soul” started her career in 1952 on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” TV show. Her group Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown in 1966 and became one of the top recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Neither One of Us,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. 5. Mick Jagger Whether he gets selected by himself (like Paul McCartney) or with his group The Rolling Stones (like The Who and Led Zeppelin), this honor is long overdue. The lead singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 1989. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Their lengthy list of hit singles has included “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” and “Start Me Up.” 6. Jessica Lange Lange is just one notch away from EGOT. She is a two-time Academy Award winner (“Tootsie,” 1982; “Blue Sky,” 1994) among her six nominations. She is a three-time Emmy champ (“Grey Gardens,” 2009; “American Horror Story,” 2012; and “American Horror Story: Coven,” 2014). Lange won a Tony Award in 2016 for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Other films in her career have included “Frances,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Cape Fear,” and “Big Fish.” 7. Alan Alda Alda has established himself as a triple threat on television, on stage, and in films. He won five Emmy Awards for the legendary comedy series “M*A*S*H” spread out over acting, directing, and writing (the only person to prevail in only three fields). He also took home a sixth Emmy for his role on “The West Wing” and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s been nominated at the Oscars (“The Aviator,”), Grammys (“Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” 2008), and three times at the Tony Awards (“The Apple Tree,” 1967; “Jake’s Women,” 1992; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 2005). 8. Bette Midler Midler was a big hit right out of the gates when she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1974. It was the first of three Grammys along with three Emmys for her variety specials and a Tony Award in 2017 for “Hello, Dolly.” That just puts her an Oscar away from EGOT, and she has competed at those awards twice as a leading actress for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” 9. Harrison Ford Ford is the biggest box office star in American history but still hasn’t had much of an awards career but did receive an Oscar nomination for “Witness” (1985). He was awarded the American Film Institute life achievement in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2002. His film career has included “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Working Girl,” “Regarding Henry,” “Patriot Games,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” and “42.” 10. Reba McEntire McEntire is a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been one of the most popular singers and performers in the 1980s and beyond. She has had the most CMA Award nominations (49) and ACM Awards nominations (45) of any female artist. She has won two Grammy Awards for “Whoever’s in New England” (1987) and “Does He Love You?” (1994) among her 12 career nominations. McEntire has had a successful TV show with “Reba” (2001-2007) and was widely acclaimed for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001). 11. Tommy Tune Tune has been one of the top choreographers and dancers in Broadway history. He is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his performances in “Seesaw” and “My One and Only,” for his direction of “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and choreography of “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” 12. Betty White White is one of the favorite comedic performers in TV history and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “The John Larroquette Show” and “Saturday Night Live” plus a Daytime Emmy for “Just Men.” 13. Burt Bacharach Bacharach has composed hundreds of songs in his lengthy career, many of them popular hits. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his original song and score in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and original song in “Arthur.” He is a two-time Grammy champ for “Cassidy” and “I Still Have That Other Girl” plus an Emmy winner for his 1971 variety special. 14. Diane Keaton Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall,” 1977) who has been primarily working in films since the early 1970s. Her career has included “The Godfather,” “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “The First Wives Club” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” She was the 2017 recipient of the American Film Institute life achievement award. 15. Arturo Sandoval The Cuban-born Sandoval is one of the greatest trumpet players in music history. He defected to America in 1990 while performing with previous KCH recipient Dizzy Gillespie. He is a 10-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 16. Cynthia Gregory Gregory is one of the most famous American prima ballerinas of recent decades. She first became well known in San Francisco as a teenager before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. She has had roles in “Giselle,”” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “The Eternal Idol” and “At Midnight.” 17. Bob Newhart Newhart has proven to be one of the most beloved comedians in American history since the early 1960s. In fact he won at the 1961 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and for Album of the Year. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1993 for his roles on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.” He won his only Emmy Award in 2013 for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” He was the 2002 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. 18. Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg is one of the few people who have achieved EGOT in her entertainment career. She won an Oscar for “Ghost,” a Grammy for her comedy album “Direct From Broadway,” a Tony Award for producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The View.” Other film roles have included “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “The Lion King.” She was the 2001 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

BetteBack May 9, 1974: What lady was the hit of the Tony Awards Telecast?

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

BetteBack February 11, 1974: As the World Rocks . . .

Albuquerque Journal As the World Rocks . . . February 11, 1974 2016-08-15_3-19-26 Rock music is a uniquely American contribution to the world. Its roots can be traced all the way back to the Negro spiritual, sung by slaves in North America in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. The spirituals evolved into the blues, from which came rock. IT WAS A former country-western singer, Bill Haley, who unwittingly started rock’s wide popularity. His hit, “Rock Around the Clock,” which was a watereddown imitation of the black rhythm and blues style, became a world-wide hit in 1955. Afterwards, white musicians like Elvis Presley began to adopt the raw excitement and aggressive beat of black music. Then the English began to experiment with the new music. Thanks to the Beatles, rock music became more complicated and sophisticated. Rock continued to mature and continued to have worldwide appeal. Other countries soon produced rock musicians—Canada had the Guess Who, Ireland came up with Rory Gallagher and the Netherlands came up with Focus. TODAY, THERE’S rock music to suit just about any young person’s taste: the soft rock of the Carpenters; the Latin rock of Santana; the soul music of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations’ the hard rock of Led Zeppelin; the theater rock of Alice Cooper; the glitter rock of David Bowie; the country rock of Linda Ronstadt; the jazz-rock of’ Chicago; the nostalgic rock of Bette Midler and the Pointer Sisters; and the classical rock of the Electric Light Orchestra. Rock music is not only a part of our heritage, but also a part of our everyday life. Rock music is entertainment. For some, rock musicians are heroes. The point is, most high school students in Albuquerque are exposed to rock music every day. Many students own radios, televisions, tape decks or record players. Many go to at least a few concerts. Some even imitate the fashions of their favorite stars (hairstyles, shoes, clothes and hats). Rock is important.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

BetteBack May 21, 1995: Bette Midler Teams Up With The Manhattan Transfer

The Columbian (Vancouver, WA) May 21, 1995 | Associated Press B000002I8N.01.LZZZZZZZ The Offbeat of Avenues” led Manhattan Transfer to the group’s 10th Grammy. Problem was: It turned out to be a detour. After the foursome’s 1991 debut for Columbia Records, the vocal ensemble had a falling-out with the record company, stemming from a dispute over whether a Christmas album should be a part of the three-album deal they signed. The fallout from the falling-out was that we didn’t hear much from Manhattan Transfer. Yes, they did “The Christmas Album” in 1992, and last year saw the release of the group’s first children’s recording, “The Manhattan Transfer Meets Tubby the Tuba.” But as Tim Hauser, who organized the group in the early 1970s, concedes, those efforts didn’t count much in the public’s consciousness, and now Manhattan Transfer is trying to pull out of its longest downswing. “If you stay in this business long enough, you can see your career like that,” Hauser said in a recent interview, moving his hand in a wave of peaks and valleys. “Very few people are just like that,” he added, sending his hand in an uninterrupted upward trajectory.Hauser, the diminutive, bald ManTran member, feels it was accomplishment enough for them to see their way through this slump. “We stayed together,” Hauser said simply, as if that were the most important thing. And now Manhattan Transfer is back to appealing to grownups with “Tonin’,” which also marks the group’s return to Atlantic Records, the label they left four years ago because as they told The Associated Press at the time they were feeling like a “piece of old furniture” there. Oldies album The latest compact disc consists of songs from the 1950s and early ’60s, such as “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Dream Lover,” “Groovin”‘ and “The Thrill Is Gone.”And comparable to Frank Sinatra’s “Duets” albums, the group sings all but two of the songs with guest performers, including Phil Collins, Bette Midler, Frankie Valli, Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan, James Taylor and Ben E. King. Janis Siegel, another Manhattan Transfer member, admitted to having doubts about being able to bounce back. And Hauser half-joked: “I’m so neurotic, I have doubts when we’re doing great.” After a quarter-century together, the group had even weightier issues on their minds, like their relevancy and mortality. “We would have conversations about our place in popular music. Are we ever going to find a place? Are we hopelessly out of date?” Siegel said. “We re-examined everything. Which was a good thing.” “There’s a part of me that has certain fears,” Hauser said, explaining that he realizes at this point the group won’t get to do certain things. “Sometimes I think about that, and I never thought about that before. And I guess that’s one of things that happens when people start telling you that you’ve been together a long time. “We’re not going to do 20 more albums. We’re not going to be around for another 20 or 30 years,” he said. As a young man, Hauser was driving a cab in New York City when he picked up a conga player who introduced him to Siegel. Later he picked up another singer, Laurel Masse, and asked the two women to sing on some demo recordings. Soon after, Masse introduced Hauser and Siegel to Alan Paul, who was appearing in the original cast of “Grease.” They talked for hours about the absence of four-part harmony in popular music, and soon they formed Manhattan Transfer. When Masse left the group in 1979, Cheryl Bentyne replaced her.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Reminder For UK Fans: The Barry Manilow and Bette Midler Experience ~ August 25, 2012 ~ Doncaster

  EXPERIENCE the musical journey of American stars, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler in a new show starring a Doncaster mum. Vanessa Pindori, of Fenwick, will take the Can’t Smile Without You show to the Little Theatre stage on Saturday alongside Jason Lee Howlett, who has recently starred as Frankie Valli in the touring show, Jersey Boys. Born from a life-long admiration for the world-famous superstars, the show promises to take audiences on a journey through Bette and Barry’s greatest hits. Professional entertainer Vanessa, currently living in Fishlake, has spent the past 14 years performing – mainly in Tenerife as a stand-up comedy artist, where she lives with husband Ket and two-year-old daughter, Yasmin. She said: “I decided I want to do this and it was now or never. My husband and I run a travel agency in Tenerife so I’ve left him running that while I take some time out to push this show. “I’m a huge fan of Bette. This is a great family show and It’s suitable for all the family and we’ve got people coming from all across the country to see it.” Former High Melton College student Vanessa, 37, has recently performed shows in Blackpool and Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Morgan Lee Radcliffe, 17, of Braithwaite, and Chloe Parkes, 18, of Wheatley Hills, will star as Barry and Bette’s backing singers. WHERE: Doncaster Little Theatre WHEN: Saturday, 2pm and 7.30pm HOW MUCH: Adults £12, £10 concessions CONTACT: 01302 340422 WEB: Doncaster Little Theatre
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