Oh how I loved spending time with James Lee Stanley, a one of a kind, gazillion threat: amazing songwriter, stupendous voice, charming, handsome, smart, funny... fabulous! And, oh the life he's lived. A pro at 16 with a recording contract and friends like Cass Elliot and Peter Tork, before the Mamas and Papas and The Monkees... Henry Dilz, early advocates Les Paul, Bill Graham, a 10 album recording contract with Wooden Nickel (RCA), Jerry Weintraub... starting his own label, Beachwood Recordings, the first artist to record a Stephen Bishop tune, having hits of his own, running around with author Tom Robbins who put him in a book or two, the inside on how Peter became a Monkee, and Graham Nash joined Crosby & Stills, sharing Billboard raves with Queen, Loggins & Messina, and Alvin Lee; opening for Bonnie Raitt, Robin Williams (a mensch), Steven Wright (for 3 yrs), missing opportunities, Seinfeld, Jermaine Jackson, making opportunities, all over the place. An Emmy, Cable Ace Award-Winner, who's always earned his living doing what he loves... from arenas to intimate clubs, playing 300 gigs a year, for years, being reunited with Sheila E in my living room, having not seen her since he hired her to play percussion, long before Prince, his upcoming collaboration with Dan Navarro... there were shoutouts to Birthday Boys Liberty Devitto & Don Most, Wendy Liebman, gigging tomorrow night (8/9) with Arsenio Hall... and songs! James opened the show with his brand spanking new, rockin' Live It Up Now (my new theme song?), a mid-show surprise, updated for today's trying times, and closed with his, fantabulous, Let's Get Out of Here. Adored every moment.
James Lee Stanley on Vicki Abelson's TheRoadTaken
Wed, 8/8/, 7pm PT /10 pm ET
With Samantha Rae
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