Monday, December 26, 2022

New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shady 2022: Whoa Mellie!


"Fire" - Ohio Players
(Jan./Feb. 1975, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & R&B

Kicking-off tonight's extravaganza, The Ohio Players, a funk band
from Dayton, and a modern remix of "Fire," one of their signature
songs, a chart-topping crossover hit in the early weeks of 1975.

Hi, I'm Grace Ryder, a 9-1-1 operator in Austin, Texas.

I'm married to a firefighter named Judd 

on the hit TV rescue drama 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Live, from Shady Square,
I welcome you to the
62nd annual
 New Year's
Rockin' Eve
in the Shady.

If you look up in the sky, you'll see that the wrecking ball is dropping.
Hear that sound? The crowd is cheering because it's party time.

Your regular host, Shady Seaweed, is under
the weather and couldn't be with us tonight,
but my friends and I, the newest members
of The Shady Bunch DJ team, are bound
and determined to take up the slack
and carry on with the show.

 Our lineup of grade-A music stars will
send 2022 packing and get 2023 started
with a bang. Before I turn the mic over
to the next presenter and dispatch
first responders to that "Fire" the 
Ohio Players reported, I want to
invite you to tune in my new show
 Grace Kelly
Rear Window
...coming soon to S-P-M-M Retrosonic Radio.

Hello, my fellow Americans! 

I'm Mellie Grant, the First Lady of the United States soon
to become the former First Lady and bitter ex-wife of the
President on the political thriller TV series Scandal.

Think I look like Jessica Whitly, Malcolm's mom
on Prodigal Son? Yeah... I get that a lot. 

Some say I have political aspirations of my own. 

I call bullcrap!

I'll be much too busy serving my country as a
Shady Bunch DJ on S-P-M-M Retrosonic Radio.

Please join me for the debut of my new show 
The 1600 Club -
Meet the Supremes
of Pennsylvania Avenue.

You'll meet the wonder women of
the White House, like me, and be
treated to the fabulous songs of
Motown's most popular artists
The Supremes. Sound like a plan?

  I admit that I'm not a happy camper
lately. On my TV series Scandal,
the "slumber chamber" of the
White House is not exactly
Tranquility Base, and I've
got a Supremes song that
speaks to my plight as
 an angry, frustrated
and bitter First Lady. 

You see, my cheating hubby, The President, is always lying around with
his mistress, Olivia Pope. He even ditched me to spend Christmas
with his Ho Ho Ho! They do it right there in the oval office,
in hotels, on trains and boat and planes - you name it. 

They're like a couple of bunny rabbits,
those two, and I'm sick of it! Make up
your mind, bucko... do you want me
and your political career, or her?


Based on your track record as a skirt chaser,
I get the distinct impression that you don't
really love me. You just keep me hangin' on!

"You Keep Me Hangin' On" - The Supremes
(Nov/Dec. 1966, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & Cash Box & R&B)

I'm Penelope Guerrero, a starry-eyed, Kool-Aid drinking cult member
who comes to her senses and starts breaking bad and fighting back
against the Purge Night evildoers on the anthology action horror
TV series The Purge based on the film franchise of the same name.

 I'll be joining other three other courageous women
from The Purge as hostesses of the new radio show
on S-P-M-M. The tunes we play are guaranteed to purge the dirge
and bust the blues. Think of us as vigilante superheroes on a
mission to stamp out boring elevator music in your lifetime.

The song sample I'm presenting in this
teaser is by a Latina singing star from
Southern California's Inland Empire,  
a talented cover artist described as
"a young voice from an old soul." 


Here's Monica Rocha doing
the Mary Wells hit-- "The One
Who Really Loves You!" 

"The One Who Really Loves You" - Mary Wells
cover by Monica Rocha (Jan. 2020) 

If you're just tuning in, this is the star-studded Shady's Place special
New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shady 2022. 
I and other new members of The Shady Bunch are playing
samples from our upcoming S-P-M-M radio shows.

I'm Helen Pergman, Ronald's mother on David E. Kelley's
crime drama thriller TV series Big Sky.

 Ronald's a long-haul trucker.  He's not much to look at.

 I've told Ronald over and over again that he'll never amount
to anything and that no woman will ever love or want him. 

I remind him that he's a failure, just like his father.

 The good news is that he will always have me
to point out his flaws and set him straight.

Norman Ronald appreciates our little talks. Yes indeed,
there's nothing quite like a mother's love. 

Ronald and I will soon be joining
The Shady Bunch as hosts of a
new S-P-M-M radio show called
Sky King and
His Songbirds
and I've got a sample song, a 1957
romantic ballad taken directly from
the soundtrack of our series Big Sky


Here's crooner Johnny Mathis with
his signature song, a record that
soared sky high, all the way to
number one, and lasted more
than half a year on the chart
-- "Chances Are!" 

"Chances Are" - Johnny Mathis
(Nov. 1957 through Feb.1958, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100

I'm Sarah, a wife and mother
and one of the few survivors
of a disaster at sea, a fiery
 sail boat explosion in the
 2019 horror film Mary.

 It was a reversal of fortune
when Shady Del Knight
plucked me from the
water and placed me
behind the mic as
a member of his
Shady Bunch 
DJ staff.

 Mary is my younger daughter's name.

 Mary also happens to be the name of a boat my husband just had to buy. He got
it cheap... and we found out why on our family's maiden voyage to Bermuda.

Turned out our vessel is haunted by a witch that has a nasty habit
of killing passengers and crew whenever anyone takes her out to sea.

On my S-P-M-M radio show...
Along Comes Mary...
I'll bring you the best songs about boats, ships, sailing and the sea,
including gems of the Yacht Rock genre, a music category that,
by and large, has been neglected here at Shady's Place

Smooth sailing is guaranteed
as I present EZ listening rock
sounds that promote changes
in lattitudes and changes in attitudes... leaving you
feeling Mary.

I've got a sample for you,
a chart-topping song from
the hit Tom Cruise movie 
Cocktail. Like the Johnny
Mathis song Helen played,
this one cruised the chart
more than half a year
from 1988 to 1989. 


Let's all hop aboard as The Beach Boys set sail for-- "Kokomo!" 

"Kokomo" - The Beach Boys
(Nov. 1988 thru Feb. 1989, highest chart pos.
#1 Hot 100 & Cash Box, scenes from July 1988 film Cocktail

I'm WPC (Woman Police Constable) Jane Tennison,
star of the British TV police drama Prime Suspect 1973.

 Join me and other gorgeous ladies of law enforcement
when we officially launch our new S-P-M-M radio series
British British Swag.

We'll be playing the best Brit beat
sounds of the 1960s, 70s and
80s along with hit records by
Aussie artists like rocker and
soap actor Rick Springfield.
To end our 2022 new year's
eve spectacular, I've got a
spiffy split-screen video of
Rick (right) performing
"Love Is Alright Tonite,"
his top 20 hit from early
1982, while on the left,
the studio dancers on
American Bandstand
groove to Rick's song.
Now for Sarah, Helen,
Penelope, Mellie & Grace,
I'm Jane Tennison inviting
you to join the fun at
Shady's Place in 2023.
Happy new year!


"Love Is Alright Tonite" - Rick Springfield
(Jan./Feb. 1982, highest chart pos. #20 Hot 100/#27 Cash Box,
#26 Canada, studio dancers on Dec. 1981 ep. of American Bandstand)

I... Mellie Grant... do solemnly swear... that I will well and faithfully
discharge my duties as a member of The Shady Bunch
DJ team... So help me God.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Deanna Durbin Lives! Introducing Singing Sensation
Jackie Evancho: Little Girl - Big Voice - Huge Talent!


"O Mio Babbino Caro" - Jackie Evancho
(from June 2011 album Dream with Me,
Aug. 10, 2010, first audition on America's Got Talent)

You just saw... You just heard... You just experienced greatness as 10 year
old classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho auditioned for the TV
show America's Got Talent and stunned the audience and judges with her
performance of the Italian song "O Mio Babbino Caro" ("Oh My Dear Daddy").

Jackie's 2nd-place finish in the fifth season of the nationally broadcast talent
competition turned her into a star. With millions buzzing about Jackie, the season
finale of America's Got Talent became the most watched in the program's history. 


From the age of 8 when she started singing,
soprano prodigy
Jackie Evancho
exhibited the maturity
and vocal prowess of
a veteran opera diva.

In the years since,
Jackie has issued a
platinum-selling EP
and eight albums,
including three
Billboard 200 top 10
debuts. Jackie was
only 9 when she was
invited to sing the
national anthem at
a Pittsburgh Pirates
baseball game.

In this tribute, I am
proud to present a few
of Jackie's outstanding
vocal performances.

With the 2010 holiday release of her EP O Holy Night, Jackie became the
best-selling debut artist of 2010, the youngest top-10 debut artist in
US history and the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum in the US. 

 Here now is Jackie Evancho with a familiar sound of the season, performing
a song from O Holy Night. the traditional Christmas carol "Silent Night."

"Silent Night" - Jackie Evancho
(Christmas 2010, from Nov. 2010 EP O Holy Night)

In 2011, Jackie's first full-length album, Dream With Me, debuted at No. 2 on
the Billboard 200 chart, and she became the youngest top-5 debut artist in
UK history. Billboard ranked Jackie the top Classical Albums Artist of 2011.

 Jackie has starred in three solo PBS concert specials. She was just turning 11
when she became the youngest solo artist ever to headline a special on the
PBS Great Performances series. The concert was taped in April, 2011,
at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida,
and was co-hosted by Canadian musician, composer, arranger,
record producer and music executive David Foster, who
played piano in the orchestra on several selections.

"The Lord's Prayer" - Jackie Evancho
(from June 2011 album Dream with Me, April, 2011, live perf. on
Dream With Me In Concert, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL)

In 2012, Jackie was honored by the Senator John Heinz History Center at its
20th Annual History Makers Award Dinner as one of five "distinguished
Pittsburghers recognized for their exceptional contributions to the
history of Western Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world."
Jackie was the youngest person ever to be so honored.

 Here, rivaling the "Unforgettable' virtual duet of Nat King Cole and
daughter Natalie Cole, are Jackie Evancho and Barbra Streisand,
a virtual duet in which they perform a song from Barbra's 1985
The Broadway Album, a hit from the 1957 Broadway musical
West Side Story. Experience the magic as Jackie Evancho and 
Barbra Streisand sing "Somewhere (There's a Place for Us)."

"Somewhere" - Jackie Evancho & Barbra Streisand
(from June 2011 album Dream with Me, live perf.
 April, 2011, on Dream With Me In Concert filmed
at Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida)

Jackie appeared on the National League of Junior Cotillions' list of
"Ten Best-Mannered People of 2011" for "demonstrating humility
and politeness as a young performer" Here again is Jackie in her 
PBS special at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota performing
the title song from her 2011 album Dream With Me.

"Dream With Me" - Jackie Evancho
(from June 2011 album Dream With Me, April, 2011, live perf. on
Dream With Me In Concert, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL)

In November, 2011, Jackie Evancho released a full-length holiday album
Heavenly Christmas and became the youngest person ever to give a solo
concert at Lincoln Center in New York City as part of her first concert tour.

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" - Jackie Evancho
(Christmas 2011, from Nov. 2011 album Heavenly Christmas)

Every year since 2011, Quest Talent Search has given an annual
"Jackie Evancho Award" to a contestant who "exemplifies courage
and motivation and pushes through to follow their dreams." 

 In both 2011 and 2012, Billboard Magazine named Jackie to its list
of "21 Under 21: Music's Hottest Minors." In 2017, Jackie was
named to the "2018" Forbes 30 Under 30 list of musicians.

To keep us in the spirit of the season, here's Jackie with a
cover of Josh Groban's "Believe," a single that topped the
Easy Listening chart during the holiday season in 2004.

"Believe" - Jackie Evancho
(Christmas 2011, from Nov. 2011 album Heavenly Christmas)

To close the show, Jackie once again gives her finest gift, the gift
that keeps on giving, the gift of song, as she sings another song
from her 2011 Heavenly Christmas album-- "The First Noel."

"The First Noel" - Jackie Evancho
(Christmas 2011, from Nov. 2011 album Heavenly Christmas)

I hope you enjoyed meeting, watching and listening to Jackie Evancho,
a child with the voice of an angel, the Deanna Durbin of the 21st century.


Meanwhile, I'm still learning to
wave bye-bye, still spending
hours picking lint out of my
belly button, still sitting on
the sofa all day long in my
Woody Woodpecker trap-
door pajamas binge-
watching Beavis
and Butt-Head
and munching
Froot Loops.
Mama's proud!