November 20, 2011
I'll go for three, all memorable.
1. Judy Garland on stage in Long Beach, Calif. sometime in the mid-Fifties. She was trying out another comeback. She had us in her hand every minute. The Rat Pack was there to provide support...Bogart, Bacall, Sinatra, etc. They didn't do anything except cheer her on and, afterwards, wave to the crowd. She was the center of attention.
2. Ella Fitzgerald on stage at the Univ of Missouri sometime, I think, in the late Fifties or 1963-64. Packed house. Small combo. Thanked us for being there and then settled down and sang one (great) song after another. She knew how to hold an audience.
3. The Manhattan Transfer in St. Louis sometime in the late Seventies. Mesmerizing talent...skilled, precise, sly, sophisticated.
November 30, 2011
Alice Cooper, the first of the "shock rockers"