If You Want Me To Stay Sober At The Grammy Awards…


A Sly and the Family Stone tribute took place at the 2006 Grammy Awards on February 8, 2006. The original plan, to have been a surprise for audiences, was to feature a reunion performance by the original Sly and the Family Stone lineup as the highlight of the tribute. However, the Grammy Award show’s producers were worried that Sly Stone, who missed some of the rehearsals and belatedly arrived for others (his drug use was heavy and behavior unpredictable), would miss the show.

The tribute began halfway through the Grammy Awards ceremony, and was introduced by comedian Dave Chappelle. It featured performers such as John Legend, Ciara, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith performing classic Sly and the Family Stone songs.

After the first half of “I Want to Take You Higher”, the Family Stone took the stage alongside the other musicians, and Steven Tyler called backstage “Hey, Sly; let’s do it the way we used to do it!” Sporting a blonde mohawk hairdo, sunglasses, and a silver lamé suit, Sly Stone emerged and contributed vocals and keyboards to a continuation of “I Want To Take You Higher.” Three minutes into the performance, Sly tossed a wave to the audience and exited the stage, leaving the Family Stone and the guest performers to complete the number alone.

Sly’s unusual appearance and brief performance garnered highly mixed reviews and was covered throughout the press. An Associated Press report referred to Sly as the “J. D. Salinger of funk” and simply referred to the performance as being “bizarre”. MTV News was much less complimentary: “The Grammy performance—Sly’s first with the original Family Stone since 1971—was a halting, confused affair and a complete disservice to his music.” Another AP report stated that “nineteen years after his last live performance, Sly Stone proved he’s still able to steal the show.”

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If You Want Me to Stay

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Babies Makin’ Babies

What Becomes A Semi Legend Most?


“My husband wanted to be cremated. I told him I’d scatter his ashes at Neiman Marcus – that way, I’d visit him every day.”

During her 55-year career as a comedian, Joan’s tough-talking style of satirical humor was both praised and criticized as truthful, yet too personal, too gossipy, and very often abrasive. Nonetheless, with her ability to “tell it like it is,” she became a pioneer of contemporary stand-up comedy.

“I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.”

Rivers accepted such criticism as part of her using social satire as a form of humor: “I’ve learned to have absolutely no regrets about any jokes I’ve ever done … You can tune me out, you can click me off, it’s OK. I am not going to bow to political correctness. But you do have to learn, if you want to be a satirist, you can’t be part of the party.”

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What Becomes a Semi Legend Most?

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The National Enquirer and U.F.O. Sightings
Drugs
Living in New York
Before and After Marriage
Rock Stars
Men vs. Women
The Royal Family
A Great Movie Star

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How God Divides
Nurses and Stewardesses
Men She Dated
Being a Bridesmaid
Being Married
Childbirth
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Going to the Gynecologist

“When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonely.’ I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.”

James Bond’s Welsh Goldfinger


Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE (born 8 January 1937) is a Welsh singer. She found fame in the mid-1950s and has been called “one of the most popular female vocalists in Britain during the last half of the 20th century”.

In the US, she is best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979).

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Goldfinger

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Strange How Love Can Be

Stop The Music! Will You Love Me Tomorrow?!?


Growing up, I loved listening to “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. I never knew who the group was but I’m excited to dig in a little more!

The Shirelles were an American girl group that achieved popularity in the early 1960s. They have been described as either the first African-American girl group to top the Billboard Hot 100, with the song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”.

They have received numerous honors, including the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, as well as being accepted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and named one of the 100 best acts of all time by Rolling Stone in 2004. Two of their songs, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Tonight’s the Night”, were selected by Rolling Stone on its list of the greatest songs of all time.

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Stop the Music

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It’s Love That Really Counts

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Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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Boys