Mary, Steve and Julie

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In the Wall Street Journal this week,
I interviewed the Supremes‘ Mary Wilson for my „House Call“ column in the Mansion section (go here). Mary (above, top) co-founded the group when they were the Primettes and signed with Motown in 1961. Mary talked about meeting Diana Ross and Florence Ballard as kids and being raised by her aunt and uncle and thinking they were her real parents.


Mary is wonderfully talented, a cool customer and so lovely and warm. A joy to interview. Mary’s latest coffee-table memoir is Supreme Glamour, which looks at the Supremes many fashionable stage outfits (go here).

Here are the Supremes in 1967, with Mary (right), Diana Ross and Cindy Birdsong (left), who replaced Florence Ballard that year, singing Reflections


Last week I was on Feedback with co-hosts Nik Carter and Lori Majewski to talk about Carly Simon, Carole Bayer Sager and my WSJ „Anatomy of a Song“ column on Nobody Does It Better. To listen to an archived recording of the hour-long show, go here


Steve Miller—
of Fly Like an Eagle and Jet Airliner fame—is a jazz and blues heavy-hitter. I caught Steve at Jazz at Lincoln Center last summer with the Patrick Bartley Sextet and vocalist Brianna Thomas. Last week Steve’s team sent along a link to a newly uploaded clip of him playing a blues with Les Paul at New York’s Fat Tuesday in 1990. Go here

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Here’s Colt Clark and the Quarantine Kids playing Come Together…


Bill Evans.
Last week, pianist Dave Thompson sent along a link to a series of audio clips of Bill Evans playing solo at Carnegie Hall between 1973 and 1978. Billy Taylor provided the introduction. One clip leads into the next—I Loves You Porgy, Hullo Bolinas, But Beautiful, You Must Believe in Spring, You Don’t Know What Love Is and B Minor Waltz. Go here


New England jazz.
Following my post on Dick Twardzik and Jay Migliori in Boston in the early 1950s, I received the following from Tom Shaker,

co-author of A Treasury of Rhode Island Jazz & Swing Musicians…

Hey Marc. Great to see your recent posting on Boston’s legendary jazz scene. I just wanted to remind you (and your readers) about WPI’s Jazz History Database (go here).

Professor Rich Falco has done a stellar job (along with his students & staff) of documenting the rich history of jazz in New England, including so many collections of interesting interviews, rare recordings and amazing photos.

The JHDB also houses the New England Jazz Hall of Fame, a great place to learn about all the famous and local artists that got their start in New England. Check out this video about Providence’s own Bobby Hackett


Swedish jazz.
Saxophonist Bill Kirchner sent along a link to the following clip from Sweden in 1969. The clip features Severino (Sivuca) Dias de Oliveira (accordion, guitar), James Phillips (bass), Luizito Ferreira (drums), Leopoldo Fleming (percussion) with guests Putte Wickman  (clarinet) and Monica Zetterlund (vocal)…

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Frank Sinatra.
Last week, Brad Berkwitt, CEO and publisher of Ringside Report (go here) sent along a link to the full 1990 Society of Singers celebration of Frank Sinatra in Los Angeles. Photo above courtesy of YouTube. Go here

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What the heck.
Here’s Julie London in 1961 singing (and acing) Time After Time


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