The Beach Boys Golden Anniversary concert tour has attracted a lot of attention not only obviously because of the milestone but it also marks the first time in sixteen years that original members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine have appeared on stage together. Numerous lawsuits ranging from songwriting credit to the use of the Beach Boys name have caused such hard feelings that all of the aforementioned trio have had their own bands on the road at the same time over the years.
Broadway has always had revivals of well-received shows but it has rarely had reinventions of shows that flopped. “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” started its run in 1965 and quietly closed a year later. The show starred John Collum and Barbara Harris and its offbeat story of a divorced psychiatrist who becomes enthralled with his patient who under hypnosis becomes an 18th century aristocrat named Melinda Twelvetrees was a bit too far-fetched for critics and theatergoers at the time.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is legendary for overlooking deserving artists who clearly deserve enshrinement in its Cleveland museum and bestowing honors on those whose contributions to pop music are questionable. There is no question that they did the correct thing in 1996 by inducting the Shirelles. Lead singer Shirley Alston and her three close friends from Passaic High School, Micki Harris, Doris Coley and Beverly Lee, became the first successful girl group, and they clearly paved the way for others such as the Ronettes, the Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and of course, the Supremes.
Another sign that my fellow baby boomers are getting older is that this past September marked the 40th anniversary of the passing of the most famous head coach in NFL history, Vince Lombardi. This milestone has not gone unnoticed. HBO Sports and NFL Films have been working on a documentary that will air on the cable network this December. The NFL has also been instrumental in getting Lombardi’s story on Broadway as it is a major financial backer of the new play, “Lombardi,” that is based on David Maraniss’s bio, “When Pride Still Mattered” (Simon & Schuster).