Wow, because of the Corona Virus, I finally got to see the movie, “Rocket Man.” It was like watching a big Broadway Musical except unlike most musicals, the movie wa kinda depressing. What I picked up on early on was, no matter how much talent you have, it’s almost impossible to make it big unless your childhood was fucked up.
Hey, but maybe that’s how the music industry cleanses itself of those who are only in it for the booze and broads.
While sitting there enjoying the movie, it took me back to one of my favorite nights. I was in New Orleans attending a radio convention, having a few adult beverages with my radio buddies in the hotel’s lobby bar when a record executive tapped me on the shoulder, and said, “follow me.”
A few minutes later, after following the yellow brick road, we arrived at “The House Of Blues,” where we were greeted by signs that read, “Closed for a private party.”
Once inside, we discovered that we were going to be part of a special VH1 presentation of “Story Tellers.” Now, what made this particular “Story Tellers” special was that they usually tape all their shows, however, this one was going to be shown live that very night, and it was with Elton John.
Now it was almost showtime so when they quickly sat us around the grand piano which was in the middle of the room, then suddenly, out came Elton John. Wow, I never realized what a great piano player he was, “He didn’t need no stinkin’ band, man!”
Oh what a night, Elton told us the background of his hits before playing them and even answered some questions from the audience. One of the questions was, “Do you know right away when you write a song if it’s going to be a hit or not?” Elton replied, “When I was eighteen and still living at home with my parents, Bernie Taupin came around with the lyrics for “Your Song.” As soon as I started singing it, we both knew that our lives would never be the same again.
As great as that whole night was, for me, the neatest part was when he brought Bernie out just before doing his last song and introduced him to us. (see that special moment by clicking on the link at the bottom of the blog)
How long something took to create has very little to do with its value.
What you see might just be your perspective, and what you hear may just be an opinion.
The only thing that will save the radio industry is the product, but it has to be unique.
You have to kill the person you were born to be so you can become the person you want to be.
Because of social media, a newsperson today must assume that we already know what they are about to say. So their job now is only to give us their take on what they think it all means.
The reason that there is no such thing as a good conspiracy theory is because, they aren’t theories.
Here’s how it works in America, if you can figure out how to get things done using fewer people, they’ll pay you anything you want.
Speaking of America, the only thing it has going that’s better than Canada is, you can get rich and famous here.
California has killed the American dream, if you’re not there already, it won’t matter if “Surfs Up,” you won’t be there.
In our quest for perfection which is usually unattainable, maybe a more achievable goal would be to just make it better?
It’s sure a lot easier to rile up the Democrats than the Republicans.
I think that the evilest racists and bigots are the politically correct ones.
You’re never too old to do anything.
The only way I know that you get to become a decent person is by continually resisting temptation.
Cousin Daniel Townley: Jeez! What an outstanding and exciting life. So many memories and so much history. Very few have had such a fulfilling past. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this autobio and the format just added to the pleasure.
Well done, George. (Rhyming My Life Away)
Geo: Thank you, Danny. Wow, so cool connecting again with my long lost cousin.
Doug Chappell: Great story by Steve Gorman. I can only imagine the feeling and I have been in the presence of many, many stars, Little Richard and Elvis are the two I would have loved to have met. (R I P It Up)
Geo: Saw Elvis a few times and almost saw Little Richard and Chuck Berry in West Palm Beach but the show was canceled. I was very disappointed because I thought that Chuck would finally have a decent band backing him, and like you, I wish I could have met them.
Leigh Wilton: I believe everything posted made a lot of sense. But, think about this, what if you added a little information? I am not suggesting your information isn’t good, however what if you added something that makes people desire more?
I mean Send In The Troubled Ladies. (new for December 14/15) Geo’s Media Blog is kinda vanilla. You could look at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they create article titles to get viewers interested. You might add a related video or a pic or two to grab people excited about what you’ve got to say. Just my opinion, it would bring your posts a little livelier. (Send In The Troubled Ladies)
Geo: Ya gotta catch up, Leigh. That post was written in 2015 and the way it works with me is, “If I didn’t say it yesterday, it’s probably not true anymore.”
Bill Gardner: As always, nice story, George!
As I told Little Richard during my 2005 interview with him, the words “genius,” “icon,” etc. are WAY overused, but he truly was all of them. A reminder that you can hear the real depth of Little Richard at the end of my “Hangout” with legendary East Coast jock Joey Reynolds from May 2020. The interview was from my decade as morning guy at KOOL 94.5 Phoenix. Hear it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsrSTxxc57E
Geo: I heard it, Bill, It was very fun, and Little Richard was very warm sounding, he must have liked you.:-)
Cousin Donna Townley: George, I just love your beautiful daughter’s song! She is an amazing singer, and it was really neat that the song was written for you & her mom! Hope she continues her singing.
Also, George, that’s quite a story of your amazing radio career and your connection with your friend Burton Cummings! Thanks for sharing it with me. (Reminds Me Of Me)
Geo: I’m afraid those days are long over for Candis, Donna. When she was the Licensing Director of WEA (Warner Brothers, Electra, and Asylum Records) in LA, she was still singing with her band, The Tortured Poets, at the Roxy and the Whiskey on Sunset while recording her songs for an album. Then all of a sudden her baby clock went off and the next thing I knew, she went from becoming a Super Star to a Supermom.
Elton & Bernie
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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY 2020 FROM CAMI & ME. https://youtu.be/Ooc5eJc5SHA https://vimeo.com/113612648https://vimeo.com/113612648https://vimeo.com/113612648