Tag Archive | Stanley Hopkins

The Way You Do the Things You Do

November 28, 1929 Happy Birthday Berry Gordy, Jr.

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Berry Gordy is a music icon the way very few people are! The founder of Motown Records!  He discovered and signed and is associated with so many great artists, including the Temptations, which is why I chose The Way You Do The Things You Do for his birthday today.

I met Berry a few years back when he was honored at a TJ Martell Awards gala.  I made sure Dylan got to talk to him and get a picture with the both of us!  Tried to find the picture tonight but it’s buried deep in the mountain that is my desk!

I play The Way You Do the Things You Do all the time but never sang it before. This is and always will be Stanley Hopkins’ song. Stanley has been with me since before the Stingers when we were doing Beehive. Now he’s is my vocal contracter and hires only the best singers!

I have been on more gigs, more car rides and more road trips with Stanley than with anyone and no matter how freakin tired he is, when we get on stage, he turns it out!

I should have asked Stanley to come over to do this song but he’s so busy and Claudia and I are packing up to go to Arizona in the morning to see my mom and we’ll also see Claudia’s brother and his three great kids. My sister Alyson lives there and is taking great care of my mom, and we got reward points so the hotel is close to free! YEAH BABY!

Trying to pre-record some songs so I don’t have to think about finding a piano on the road!

More tomorrow.  (from the desert!)


Amazing Grace

October 26, 1911 Happy Birthday Mahalia Jackson!

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I love gospel singers and Mahalia Jackson was the original Queen of Gospel!

Well it just so happens we flew Cookie Watkins in from Vegas to sing at this Clive Davis tribute show for MMRF tomorrow night. Cookie sang with the Stingers for years and was in Beehive playing Tina Turner which she has continued in the show Legends and in her own show all over the world.

I’m thrilled she took a few minutes after a backstage rehearsal at the venue to sing Amazing Grace tonight with the wonderful singer Stanley Hopkins. I’m having Cookie sing Janis Joplin tomorrow night in our show and it will be amazing.

Rehearsal starts at 11, so I’m going to bed.

Amazing Grace!  Coming to you from Old Greenwich, CT!