Now People Will Think I Stole It

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Over the past few weeks, at least five different sources have sent me a link from “Buckshot – The Movie” showing a man in a clown costume singing The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” to the tune of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” I’ve gone to where the original link was posted, which has gotten thousands of […]



My TV Career (such as it was) Began With The Gong Show

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Back in 1976, NBC debuted “The Gong Show” as a five-day-a-week alternative to game shows and soap operas. This was a very unusual move, especially back then, but for Chuck Barris, producer and reluctant host of the show, who had built a mini-empire on humiliation, exploitation, and voyeurism, among other things, this was just the […]



Never Met Him

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But I think we all felt as though we knew him. The only way Chuck Berry and I could have ever met is if I had been on the same bill with him, either in a concert or TV show, but neither obviously ever happened. I still remember when Robert Klein was doing stand-up, on […]



Four Years Today

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Today marks the 4th anniversary of the passing of my partner of 28 months, Eileen Cadman, and I’ve talked about her enough over these past four years that I’m not really sure what’s left to say that I haven’t said already. Suffice to say, and I know I have acknowledged this, I wouldn’t be living […]



Adventure In Paradise — Well Actually Dagenham

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My first ever gig in London some 17 years ago was the very same place I now do my Sunday DJ gig, The King’s Head in Crouch End. On the late summer day I first ventured into that venue, I remember looking at the surrounding area and thinking “I could live here.” It only took […]



How I Spent My Winter Vacation

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First off, I need to apologise to all the people I didn’t see or even contact this time around, which would be virtually everyone I know in Southern Cal. My schedule went: Friday, drive down from San Francisco; Saturday, spend time with my former stage partner, her family, and my ex-wife; Sunday, drive back to […]



Just A Little Song For 25,000 Or So

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11 days ago, at our choir rehearsal, the director announced that our SongWorks choir had managed a spot singing on the stage at Trafalgar Square in London, where the Women’s March Against Trump was to be rallying. Our director is very active in many feminist causes, and I gotta say she went the full mile […]



Top 5 and Bottom 5 of 2016

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Admittedly, with all the political distractions and the seemingly endless parade of people shuffling off this mortal coil, I listened to so much less pop radio this year, and found little bombarding me in either a good way or a bad way. There was no stupid love/hate novelty record, and the biggest record of the […]



Christmas Truce, Sort of…

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Well, I’ve gotten all my shopping done, my cards have been sent, my presents wrapped and under the tree, and yesterday, my girlfriend and I did the shopping for the Christmas feast, which we’re preparing for her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. The total was £123 at Sainsbury’s market (haven’t checked how crap the exchange […]



And Another One’s Gone, RIP, Flo

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In autumn of 1985, my stage partner and I decided to go our separate ways, she went back to school to get her Ph.D while I began a solo career which lasted about 30 years longer than I expected it to.  In spite of us quitting Rick & Ruby after nearly 15 years together, there […]