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(Editor's Note:  This content was copied directly from the brotherdave.us website.  Dave and his writer Roy Ledbetter prepared a new page for each show every week, posted the page on the Internet and Dave used items directly from the web page on his show edited as time would allow.  Below is the show prep page for the last Brother Dave show on Magic 96.1, August 28, 2004.  Prior to the Internet Dave's prep page was typed or printed out.  None of the old hard copy pages are known to exist.  Ed.)

 

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS & DAVE'S COMMENTARY


LOS ANGELES - Phil Spector, the most influential record producer of the 1960's and well known eccentric who is charged with the February 2003 shooting death of "B" movie actress Lana Clarkson at his home has switched lawyers again.  The 64 year old architect of the "Phil Spector Wall Of Sound" recording technique seems to be building a wall of top rated legal talent.  First Mr. Spector hired Robert Shapiro who was a member of the O. J. Simpson "dream team."   But in February of 2004 Mr. Spector turned to lady lawyer Leslie Abramson cutting Mr. Shapiro loose.  Ms. Abramson resigned from the case in July stating she was "forced" to quit explaining that "if we wanted to be ethical and competent, we had to resign."   Now it is New York criminal defense attorney Bruce Cutler who will be representing Mr. Spector.  Mr. Cutler says he actually has been working as personal representation and confidant for the producer since January of this year.  One previous client of Mr. Cutler's was organized crime figure John Gotti, known as "the teflon Don."  He got the then mob boss out of three beefs before he was forced off the Gotti defense team by the state which was followed by Gotti's conviction on a fourth charge.  Gotti died in prison in 2002.  Federal prosecutors in New York portray Cutler as "house counsel" for the Gambino crime family.  The Spector case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday October 20th but Mr. Cutler says they will seek to postpone the hearing to get up to speed on the case.  Meanwhile, Phil Spector remains free on one-million dollars bail.

NEW YORK - Robert Zimmerman from Duluth, MN left the University of Minnesota for New York’s Greenwich Village folk music scene at the start of the 1960s. Under his stage name of Bob Dylan he soon won fame for songs with a social content slant like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times are A-changing."   The famously private singer/songwriter, whose background and music are the stuff of more legends than facts, will intimately detail his life and four-decade career as a singer-songwriter in memoirs to be published this autumn.  Dylan’s “Chronicles: Volume One" which is the first of a planned three-book series from Simon & Shuster, is a first-person narrative from the 63-year-old music icon who continues to tour relentlessly. The first volume of his memoirs focuses on significant periods in Dylan’s life. The 304-page book is due out on Oct. 12 and will be followed about a week later by an updated edition of “Lyrics: 1962-2001,” a book of lyrics to almost every Dylan song.

LOS ANGELES - Standup comic turned actor Rodney Dangerfield was hospitalized Tuesday August 24th for a scheduled heart valve replacement surgical procedure.  Once the number one standup comic in America, the 82 year old is not only still working but he's also still very funny.  Speaking to reporters as he went into the hospital in advance of surgery scheduled for August 25th Mr. Dangerfield was asked how long he would be hospitalized.  The star adlibbed, "If things go right, I'll be there about a week, and if things don't go right, I'll be there about an hour and a half."  Last year he had some minor brain surgery to reduce the risk of a stroke in preparation for this week's heart surgery.  On Dangerfield's upcoming schedule are guest spots on "Still Standing" and voiceover work as himself on the newly revived animation series "Family Guy" for FOX.  His autobiography was released earlier this year and was titled, ""It's Not Easy Being Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs."  There is also a TV movie in the works based on that book.  Get Well Rodney! 

MEMPHIS TN - Al Dvorin, the off-stage announcer best known for the famous the phrase “Elvis has left the building,” was killed Sunday August 22nd in an auto accident near Ivanpah, California according to a California Highway Patrol spokesperson. He was 81. He performed his famous line one last time the night before he died at an Elvis impersonator show. Before hooking up with Elvis on tour, Mr. Dvorin was a bandleader and a talent agent in Chicago. He joined the Elvis touring entourage during Elvis's early days and toured with him up until the very last Elvis show in 1977.

KETTERING OH - The doctor is way out man!  Grammy winning singer Lou Rawls will be honored Saturday August 28th by Wilberforce University with an honorary doctorate.  The award will be made during a Rawls show at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering. 

NASHVILLE TN - Ownership of the guitar that Mother Maybelle Carter played for nearly 50 years as a member of one of country music’s most influential families, now belongs to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum thanks to philanthropist Bob McLean.  Mr. McLean donated $1 million to the Hall of Fame to purchase the guitar, saying historic instruments such as Carter’s guitar belong in the museum.  The guitar had been on loan to the museum since 1998, but in May of this year the owner decided to sell it setting a price of $575,000!   

Mrs. Carter bought the guitar new for $275 in 1928 and played that Gibson L-5 archtop F-hole acoustic until her death in 1978.  The original Carter Family's first recordings, made in Bristol TN in 1927 for the Victor Talking Machine Co., rank among the very first country music recordings.  After the original Carter trio split up in 1943, Maybelle teamed with daughters Helen, June and Anita to record & perform as the Carter Family.  June Carter went on to marry country legend Johnny Cash.

LOS ANGELES - The "Holy Grail" of 60's music, a work billed as "the ultimate American pop album" and lost since Brian Wilson pulled the plug on the project in 1967 is going to see the light of day 37 years later.  Appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live" Friday night August 20th Brian Wilson and his wife talked for a solid hour.  The one standout revelation from the interview was that the Beach Boys "SMiLE" album will finally be released this fall.  The songs "Good Vibrations" and "Heroes & Villains" were both recorded to be included on that album.  The reasons Brian stopped production on the "SMiLE" project has been a perpetual and controversial topic among Beach Boy fans for over three decades. 

During the Larry King interview Brian said that he stopped the "SMILE" project because "it was too advanced for people to hear.  It had a very avant-garde feel about it."  It appears Brian believes the public is ready for it now.  Many of the songs written, recorded and mixed for "SMILE" were completely re-recorded with a different producer at the helm that yielded watered down simplistic versions which the Beach Boys released on an album called "Smiley Smile."  The "Smiley Smile" album became a huge flop.  This was a very disappointing turn of events considering the caliber of the two songs we did get to hear in their original form. 

Legends surrounding the "SMiLE" sessions include a tale about Brian actually burning all the tapes, which is still unclear.  Another is that after the group had worked on one of the songs called "Fire" and gone home for the day a fire actually erupted in the studio and Brian felt that it was so spooky that he refused to touch the project after that.  What is for certain is that vocalist Mike Love complained that the lyrics were less than ideal which prompted project lyricist Van Dyke Parks to quit the project never to return.  Some say the group broke up during the "SMiLE" sessions and it is also a certainty that Brian Wilson never enjoyed his once invincible complete artistic control over the Beach Boys after the "SMiLE" project was canned. 

Given 37 years to think about it, the real reason "SMiLE" died could be that while Brian was recording and mixing "SMiLE" the Beatles had finished their "Sergeant Peppers" album and Brian didn't want his masterpiece compared to the British pop masterpiece.  This was a very troubling period in Brian's well know mental health history to say the least. 

At any rate, the new "SMiLE" album has been recorded by Brian with his road band, the Stockholm Strings & horns and lyricist Van Dyke Parks back on board.  The album's songs were featured in Wilson's February U.K. tour which got rave reviews.  Premium cable channel SHOWTIME has struck a deal with Wilson to broadcast the London "SMiLE" performance on October 5th in a program called "Beautiful Dreamer:  Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE."  What does Brian Wilson listen to himself?  He told Larry King he listens to Nat King Cole, Kenny Rogers and Andy Williams.  Who would have ever guessed that?

LONDON - The "quiet Stone", Charlie Watts has throat cancer. He was diagnosed in June of this year and his radiation treatments given at a London hospital will be completed soon. It is anticipated the drummer will make a full recovery and resume work with the rest of the Stones later this year.

TALLAHASSEE FL - Kannapolis NC native and Funk Music superstar George Clinton recently pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charges in Tallahassee, Florida.  The 63 year-old was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and two years of probation and fined $372 in court costs.

NEW YORK - Dan Fogelberg has cancelled his entire fall tour after being diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. "Dan is confident he will be able to fight this illness," says his official web site. "Your prayers, good wishes and positive thoughts will be very much appreciated."  Remember Dan in your prayers.

NEW YORK - A new musical stage play called "Good Vibrations" uses more than 30 Beach Boys songs and will open on Broadway in January of 2005. The show will begin preview performances in early December at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. An opening date will be announced shortly.
"Good Vibrations" plot is about a group of small-town teenagers who come to Southern California and not about the famous 60's singing group. The stage show had a recent workshop production at New York Stage & Film, a summer festival located on the campus of Vassar College.

BEVERLY HILLS - Friends of the late Ray Charles will sing his praises to raise money for causes dear to Ray during a tribute concert set for Wednesday September 29th. Bill Cosby will host Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Angie Stone and other performers to perform to be announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Tribute proceeds benefit the Morehouse College Center for the Arts in Atlanta. Charles gave the black liberal arts college $2 million to help fund the complex, which will contain a performance space in his name.

LOS ANGELES - The 2004 Emmys are scheduled to air Sunday September 19th on ABC, with Garry Shandling as host. The nominations were announced Thursday July 25th at 5:30 AM.  HBO was the darling of the Emmy's again having received nearly twice as many nominations as any broadcast network.  ``Angels in America,'' the HBO miniseries about ghosts, angels and ordinary people during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, led with 21 nominations.  They were closely followed by ''The Sopranos'' with 20, including a first time nomination for Drea de Matteo as Best Supporting Actress.  Since her character was brutally whacked, she won't be back. Also not coming back is ''Sex And The City'' but it was nominated as Best Comedy Series.  John Ritter, the ``8 Simple Rules'' comedy star who died last year, received a posthumous nomination as best lead actor in a comedy series.  Along with ``The Sopranos'' and ``Joan of Arcadia,'' other nominees in the best drama series category were ``CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,'' ``24,'' and last year's winner, ``The West Wing.''   Joining ``Arrested Development'' and ``Sex and the City'' in the best comedy series category: ``Curb Your Enthusiasm,'' ``Will & Grace'' and last year's winner, CBS' ``Everybody Loves Raymond.''   The final score? HBO received 124 nominations, NBC had 65. CBS received 44 nominations; ABC landed 33, Fox got 31 and PBS brought up the rear as is usually the case with 27.

DETROIT - Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls and Ramsey Lewis lead the lineup for the 2004 Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival.  The festival's 25th anniversary edition will be held during the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-6, at Hart Plaza.  The Queen of Soul won't be singing her R&B hits, instead she plans to Sing Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Gershwin according to a report in the Detroit Free Press.   For more information see the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival website, click HERE.

LOS ANGELES - A 12-hour mini-series about Motown Records and its founder, Berry Gordy, is being developed for NBC. "Berry Gordy's Motown" will dramatize Gordy's rise from a struggling Detroit inner city hustler to the head of an entertainment empire with artists that included the Supremes, the Miracles, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, and others. The series is expected to air during the 2005-06 season. Producer Suzanne de Passe has harvested Motown history before. Her credits include "Motown Returns to the Apollo," the miniseries "The Temptations" and "The Jacksons: An American Dream."

 

ELVIS COMES TO BROADWAY!  "ALL SHOOK UP" is a new musical comedy featuring over 25 of the king's hits.  The show opens at the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago on December 19th and running there until January 23rd.  Then it opens on Broadway in February.  It tells the story of a small town girl who dreams of hitting the open road and the guitar-playing guy who brings rock & roll into her life.  To hear the soundtrack, click the "ALL SHOOK UP" image.   

 

 

 

 



Warner Home Video has released six new Elvis Movie DVDs in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll. The digitally restored widescreen films are: "It Happened at the World's Fair," "Double Trouble," "Speedway," "Spinout," "Harum Scarum" and "The Trouble with Girls."


 

 

 

 


Dave's Time Machine

 

Fourth Week of August

 

"This week in..."

1956, Elvis Presley begins filming his first movie, "Love Me Tender" and records the hit theme song. Also this week in '56 Buddy Holly is in the audience as Little Richard plays Lubbock, Texas' Cotton Club.

1958, John Lennon and Paul McCartney welcome George Harrison into their group, The Quarrymen.

1960, Barry White goes straight for good after leaving prison having finished serving 90 days for larceny of 300 tires.

1962, The Beatles are captured on film for the first time, by Grenada TV, at Liverpool's Hamburg Club.

1964, Beatles manager Brian Epstein meets Elvis Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker for the first time at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  Also this week on the Beatles tour, Bob Dylan meets with the Beatles in a New York hotel room and turns them on to marijuana.

1965, The Epstein/Parker meeting went so well the previous year that the Beatles finally get to meet Elvis Presley himself at his Bel-Air, California home and all five of them hung out for about four hours.

1967, Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies of an accidental drug overdose.  The first of three notable overdose deaths this week in rock & roll history. 

1968, Cynthia Lennon files for divorce from John on the eve of their sixth wedding anniversary.  That same week Ringo Starr temporarily quits the Beatles, but reconciles and agrees to stay.

1969, Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance in eight years, at the International Hotel Ballroom in Las Vegas. Meanwhile in the U.K. Paul & Linda McCartney's first child, Mary, is born.

1970, Elton John signs with Uni Records and makes his U.S. concert debut as Neil Diamond introduces him at the Troubador nightclub in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Jimi Hendrix performs his last concert at the Isle of Wight Festival before Hendrix would die of a drug overdose.  Also this week in '70 Duane Allman begins sessions as a member of Derek & The Dominos earning Eric Clapton's praise as the catalyst in a double-album project that is completed in only 10 days.

1971, James Brown hits number one for the 10th time with "Make It Funky".

1973, Bobby Darin performs his last concert, at the Las Vegas Hilton.

1976, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello premiere their 4-week Summer variety series on CBS-TV.

1977, three people are nabbed in Memphis for attempting to steal the body of Elvis.  Elvis is moved from Memphis cemetery to a more secure resting place at Graceland to prevent a repeat attempt.

1979, bandleader Stan Kenton dies. 

1981, Mark Chapman is sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison for the shooting murder of John Lennon.  He soon complains that he's being beaten by other inmates.  His 20 years were up three years ago but he's still in prison and likely to remain there.  Although he does have the right to parole hearings, the parole board says that releasing him would diminish the seriousness of his crime, so they can keep him in jail as long as they like. 

1983, Jerry Lee Lewis' fifth wife, Shawn Lewis, dies of a drug overdose.

1985, Rick Nelson and Fats Domino film a TV special in Los Angeles.

1987, Sonny Bono announces he's running for mayor of Palm Springs, California.  Mayor Bono is sworn in the following January!  Later the singer turned politician would be sent to Washington as a congressman but ski into a tree ending a charmed life.

1990, blues-rock guitar-man Stevie Ray Vaughan meets an untimely end along with three of Eric Clapton's band-mates in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin.

1992, John Lennon's handwritten lyric work sheet for "A Day In The Life" fetches a cool $87,000 at auction.

1994, Jimmy Buffett is at the controls when his seaplane crashes shortly after takeoff in Nantucket, Massachusetts and the captain excapes injury.  Now grounded, his plane called "The Hemisphere Dancer" is on permanent display at Universal Studios City Walk in Orlando. Also this week in '94 Billy Joel divorces model Christie Brinkley.

1995, Ronnie White of The Miracles dies. 

2002, Peter Noone sues the former Herman's Hermits drummer for touring under that name with a bogus group, and wins.  Now Mr. Noone owns the exclusive rights to the name.  Also this week in '02, vibraphone jazz master and sometimes bandleader Lionel Hampton dies following a 60 plus year career in music playing with the biggest and the best bands and making numerous film appearances. 


Dave's Top 5

 

Weekend of August 26th, 2004

 

The Top 5 Movies in the Carolinas

(Dave's  Weekly Weekend Box Office Prediction)

1.  Exorcist:  The Beginning

2.  Hero

3.  Open Water

4.  Without A Paddle

5.  Anacondas

 

Carolina's Top 5 DVD Sales & Rentals

(Dave's Exclusive DVD sales & rental rankings in the Carolinas)

1.  Taking Lives

2.  Godsend

3.  Kill Bill Volume 2

4.  Johnson Family Vacation

5.  13 Going On 30

 


 

Charlotte & Metrolina News

 

 

YOUR LAST CHANCE!  Through Sunday August 29th you have perhaps your last chance ever to see part of World War II history up close and personal as two historic aircraft from the allied war effort make what is likely to be their last visit to the Carolinas.  A B-29 Superfortress nicknamed Fifi and a B-24 Liberator known as Diamond Lil are on exhibit through Sunday at the Carolinas Aviation Museum as part of a nationwide tour by the Commemorative Air Force.  The museum is on Airport Drive off Morris Field Drive adjacent to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.  Hours are 10 AM until 4 PM through Friday, 10 AM until 5 PM Saturday and Sunday from 1 PM until 5 PM.  Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, $7 for children age 7 to 18 and children 6 and under admitted free when accompanied by paying adult.  For a little more money, and if you are over 18, you can even fly on board the B-24 Liberator!  A B-24 ride costs $400 per person.  For information and flight reservations call the Carolinas Aviation Museum at (704) 359-8442.  Why is this your last chance?  The Commemorative Air Force says that parts are very difficult to find for WWII aircraft and that soaring fuel costs make flying them a very expensive adventure indeed.  The B-29 costs about $16,000 per hour to fly just for the fuel! 


Roll 'Em!  Two great film series wrap up this Monday!  

 

First, there's The Free Summer Film Series in the Francis Auditorium at the Charlotte Main Library.  This is a long standing tradition. This summer the series has focused exclusively on detective movies. Parking available at nearby Seventh Street Station. For information call 704-336-6217. The final movie is "Angel Heart" Rated R (1987) August 30th at 7:00 PM.

 

The Spirit Square Monday Night Movies have offered an alternative if detective stories aren't your style.   You can watch top movies on their digital projection and sound system at a bargain price, only $5 or $4 for seniors.  Tickets go on sale at 5:30 (cash only) and the movie starts at 6:30 PM sharp.  Fight TV rerun burnout August 30th with Jack Nicholson in "Something's Gotta Give."


Corny Fun!  People of all ages will have a blast at "The Amazing Maize Maze" out at Rural Hill Farm on Neck Road in Huntersville.  Pack a picnic lunch and have races to see who can find their way out of the cornfield cut into an intricate and confusing maze.  You'll find clues to help you too.  It opens this Saturday August 28th and runs until Sunday October 10th.  Visitors are welcome Thursday's through Sunday's from 10 AM until 5 PM.  The Amazing Maize Maze will also be open Labor Day.  Admission is $10 for ages 18 to 59; $7 for seniors over age 60 and for ages 9-17; $5 for ages 4 to 8 and children 3 and under are admitted free. Call 704-875-3113 for more info 


"Charlotte Originals" at the Charlotte Museum of History at 3500 Shamrock Road celebrates the Charlotte of the not too distant past. If you remember Charlotte College (which is now UNCC!), Central High (now vaporized!) or if you ever ate a Hot Dorsey at Anderson's Restaurant (wait, you can still eat a Hot Dorsey at Anderson's!)...or if you remember Brother Dave playing the Top-40 on WROQ 95.1 FM (OK, maybe we went back too far with that one!) you can relive your own past. Or, if you know nothing about any of these things, there's lots about "Charlotte's Originals" that you need to know! "Charlotte Originals" is a one day only show Sunday August 29th from 11 AM until 4 PM. Only regular museum admission will apply. For information call 704-568-1774.


Friday September 3rd, Annie Lenox and Sir Gordon Sumner, who is better known as Sting, along with a special guest to be announced, will play at the Vorizon Wireless Amphitheatre for one show only beginning at 7 PM. For online ticket ordering, click HERE!


MATTHEWS ALIVE is the town of Matthews annual festival centered on Labor Day weekend.  This year the festival dates are September 3rd through 6th.  The highlight is the Saturday September 4th Labor Day Parade on Trade Street billed as the largest in the southeast.  Lots of good food and hot music to wrap up summer 2004!  Admission is free.  For more information click HERE


The 27th Annual Yiasou Greek Festival runs at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Thursday, September 9 through Sunday, September 12, 2004, at 600 East Boulevard in Charlotte.  This is one of Charlotte's largest cultural events, featuring Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. This year they will celebrate the return of the 2004 Olympic Games to Athens Greece and will remember the events of 9/11 with a prayer service in The Holy Trinity Cathedral on Saturday September 11th.  The Yiasou Greek Festival was voted as one of Charlotte's best festivals in 2003 by Charlotte Observer readers.  If you've been before you will want to go back, if you've never been try it just once!  It is one of the best things about the Queen City!


"The King & I" national tour of the classic Rogers & Hammerstein show comes to Charlotte for shows Tuesday September 14th through Sunday September 19th on the stage of the Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center at 130 N. Tryon. Tickets start at $23 and for more information call 704-333-4686.


The 40TH "Festival In The Park" comes to Charlotte's Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard Thursday September 23rd through Sunday September 26th. This is always a great music and arts event and often ranks number 1 in rankings of Carolina festivals. Don't miss it this year! The Spongetones play Saturday night at 8:30 and both incarnations of the Catalinas play Sunday afternoon at 2:00. Enjoy!

 


NOW SHOWING at the OMNIMAX THEATER at DISCOVERY PLACE uptown Charlotte are three great IMAX films. "NASCAR: The IMAX Experience," "Ocean Oasis" and "T. Rex : Back to the Cretaceous." For showtimes call the theatre at 704-372-6261. (REMINDER: The theatre is closing for renovations on September 7th through approximately November 11th!)


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