Roy Clark, Emma Thompson, Tax Day...and MORE!

Happy Birthday, Roy Clark!
Happy April 15th, 2016!
April 15 is the 106th day of this year. There are 260 days remaining until the end of the year. As I sat down to begin my blog today, Bette Midler's The Folks who Live on the Hill was playing on the radio. SUBLIME! One of my favorite artists paired with one of my favorite songs.  Today, the filing deadline for U.S. federal income tax returns for individuals remains April 15 or, in the event that the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the first succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.Today’s birthdays; Roy Clark, Marty Wilde, Robert Walker, Jr., Lois Chiles, Emma Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson and Alice Braga.
Buck Owens and Roy Clark on Hee Haw
Yesterday was the birthday of another country music icon, Loretta Lynn. As I said in yesterday's blog, I grew up in a country music household. As a South Carolinian, that was the music that was always playing in our home.
I almost had to fight for equal time in the musical comedy realm. Today, I salute  Roy Clark!  Roy Clark is the ultimate entertainer! ... Look for Roy's NEW book which will be available soon. You will find more insight into the life of this amazing entertainer. If any of the powers that be are paying attention, I would LOVE to interview Mr. Clark when the book comes
out. I first became familiar with him because of the hit show, Hee Haw. This show, for any of my readers who MIGHT know, was a "poor man's Laugh-In."
It was essentially a Burlesque show with blackout sketches, a regular cast, and showcasing the best of country music each week.  

Other incredible things happened on this date. On this day in 1983, Tokyo Disneyland opened its gates for the first time. Happy 33rd anniversary!
1912 - Isidor and Ida Straus, the owners of Macy's  were among those that perished in the Titanic disaster.

Notable Birthdays
 1917 – Hans Conried, American actor (d. 1982)
Happy Birthday, Bessie Smith
Singer (1894–1937)- September 26, 1937
Jazz and blues vocalist Bessie Smith's powerful, soulful voice won her countless fans and earned her the title "Empress of the Blues."
Born Today 1933 Elizabeth Montgomery: Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (Film Debut), Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed and, of course, TVs Bewitched.
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, American screenwriter and producer. Here is an interview with Linda.
Craig Zadan, American director, producer, and screenwriter
Heloise, American journalist and author

TV GUIDE featured the Apollo 16 astronauts Ken Mattingly, Charles Duke, and  John Young on its cover this date in 1972.

Notable Transitions on This Date
Remembering Clara Blandick, Aunt Em
Actress Clara Blandick ("The Wizard of Oz") died on this date in 1962. She's at Forest Lawn Glendale.
Actor Richard Conte ("The Godfather," "Ocean's 11") died on this date in 1975. He's at Westwood Memorial Park.
Raymond Bailey (May 6, 1904 – April 15, 1980) was an American actor on the Broadway stage, films, and television. He is best known for his role as wealthy banker, Milburn Drysdale, in the television series The Beverly Hillbillies.
Greta Garbo, born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson 18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990), was a Swedish film actress and an international star and icon during the 1920s and 1930s. Garbo was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress and received an honorary one in 1954 for her "luminous and unforgettable screen performances." In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Garbo fifth on their list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema, after Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, and Ingrid Bergman.

In other Entertainment News
Laurie Krauz and Daryl Kojak Celebrate 25 Years of Making Music!

Twenty-five years ago, these two artists joined forces. A QUARTER CENTURY! 

Who does that in this biz?! Well, they have. And they're gathering to celebrate with a show packed with their personal and fan favorites from a catalogue of 25 years. Their goal is to do what they did the first day they met in Daryl's studio - express themselves together with every note, every lyric, every moment. They're enormously excited to rejoice in this very long and extraordinarily fulfilling collaboration with you (and, of course, they promise to bring the house down)!
Of course, they're really just kicking off the next 25 years. And they will be joined by Sean Conly on bass and Gene Lewin on drums (with whom we've played for nearly all those 25 years!)

Friday, May 13th, 7pm
Metropolitan Room
34 W. 22nd St.
$25 Music Charge/2 Bev Minimum
Reservations:: HERE or call 212-206-0440

Thank you, to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!

With grateful XOXOXs ,


Check out my site celebrating the legacy of Dolly Gallagher Levi!
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Don't Tell Mama Presents...

Wendy Scherl returns in What Do You Do All Day?  Directed by the incredible Helen Baldasarre with great musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward. Wendy is an amazing vocalist with a rangy and rich sound. “This is someone to watch!” Go see her, you can thank me later.
- Sue Matsuki   In “What Do You Do All Day”, Wendy Scherl shares anecdotes and song about the numerous hats she wears every single day as a wife, a mother of two boys and two dogs, a short order cook, a daughter, a house manager, a chauffeur and Cabaret Singer! Her show is both touching and real, theatrical and funny!
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You will truly be amazed by what this full-time executive director of a family of four accomplishes every day!  Wendy will wow you with both her choice of material and her talent!
After graduating from Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre, Wendy performed in numerous
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