Saturday, April 20, 2013

Liberace and Miscellaneous News for those who love "Sunny" and Bobby Hebb

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BOBBY HEBB NEWS for April 20, 2013


Flo worked at Johnny D's in Somerville and is an eternal Bobby Hebb friend.  Happy Birthday Wishes out to Flo.  

Flo shared this photo of Bobby that she took awhile back.   It's on our Twitter page 


        A Celebration of “Mr. Showmanship”
        Liberace: The Ultimate Entertainer

       Available on DVD from Timeless Media Group May 7th, 2013

In the pantheon of American musical idols, there are few who can compare with Liberace. The ultimate showman, Liberace’s shows were full of gorgeous dancing girls, swirling lights, stunning colors and, of course, his trademark candelabra. On May 7th, 2013 Timeless Media Group, a division of Shout! Factory, will release Liberace: The Ultimate Entertainer on DVD. Taped before studio audiences in 1960s London , this special two-DVD box set features the best of Liberace’s live performances as well as rare bonus content. From the spectacular girls and the glittering costumes, to the fun and joyous music of Liberace and his musicians, led by his brother George, this box set highlights the delightful showmanship that made Liberace a star.  Liberace: The Ultimate Entertainer also features celebrity guests including George Gobel, Minnie Pearl, Eva Gabor, Jack Benny, Larry Storch and many more. 

Liberace’s flamboyant and unique style, including his trademark candelabra, captivated audiences around the world. Regardless of what genre of music he was playing, Liberace’s performances to sold-out crowds around the world were imbued with subtle humor and grace. Remarkably, Liberace still holds the title of the highest paid solo pianist and musician ever for a single night’s performance in the Guinness Book of World Records, which took place at Madison Square Garden , New York City in 1954.

Liberace began his first television show in 1952 as a summer replacement for Dinah Shore . One of the first television stars to go into syndication, he was appearing on 217 American stations and in 20 foreign countries by 1954.  A truly legendary performer, Liberace earned a number of major accolades in his life, including six gold albums, two Emmy ® Awards, and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bonus Features
Liberace’s Home Movies – An inside look at Liberace at work and at play.
Liberace’s Wild Wardrobe – A fascinating look at Liberace’s dazzling costumes.
The History of the Piano – The history of the piano as told by Liberace.

About Timeless Media Group
Timeless Media Group, a division of Shout! Factory, LLC, produces and distributes a variety of home entertainment products, including classic television programming, first run movies and its own award-winning military history documentaries, along with an extensive offering of special interest DVD and Blu-ray™ collections. Visit


MAY 26th LIBERACE MOVIE to broadcast on HBO

The novel was adapted for a television film, directed 

by Steven Soderbergh, starring Michael Douglas and Matt 

Damon, and will premiere on HBO on May 26, 2013 


Some of Joe Viglione's LIBERACE reviews



  by Joe Viglione
Liberace utilizes the Antonin Dvorák composition "Songs My Mother Taught Me" as the first track of his album of the same name on the Hamilton label, a Dot Records subsidiary. Holding a picture of his mom on the Baldwin piano -- next to the candelabra, of course -- it's an elegant experience with the pianist seemingly performing solo before arranger/conductor Gordon Robinson's strings come in as if from out of nowhere. Produced by Tom Mack, known for his work on Francis Lai's 1971 hit "Love Story" along with recordings by Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, and others, the album consists of fine piano playing complemented by Robinson's strings, which make the affair sound at times like a film soundtrack, especially on the traditional "Londonderry Air." The pianist playfully covers Strauss' "Tritsch Tratsch Polka," gives the listener a studied take on Manuel Ponce's "Estrellita," and puts his unique spirit on material by Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, and Chopin Read more here:
Here's Liberace


[-] by Joe Viglione
With one side almost 20 minutes and the other clocking in at 13 and a half, this MCA reissue of Here's Liberace, a concert performance recorded live at the Palladium, is what you expect from the maestro. After a little chatter about his jacket, he tickles the ivories on Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and "I Got Rhythm." For those who underestimate the pianist -- don't. Liberace was more than running scales and showmanship -- his variations on Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's "Mack the Knife" are tremendous here, mixing the pop song with Strauss, Beethoven, and other masters. His touch on the keys is as elegant as always, taking "Mack the Knife" again and turning it into a rhumba

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The Stephen Wade Interview


5:04 PM Saturday April 20, 2013

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