Moving to things that matter, Whitney (NBC, Thursday nights) was so funny. The show just gets better each week. In this one, Alex and Mark had a fight.
You know what? Nothing. that's how it is sometimes, your best friend just gets on your nerves and you on his or her nerves and you explode at each other.
Whitney got them back together.
But before that, she tried to be a 'dude' or 'bro' for Alex. He ended up drunk off his ass and that was a series of funny moments. Including his telling Whitney he wanted to put his hand under her shirt and then he's got his up the pillow case and is convinced he's on Whitney's breast. The look she gives him is priceless.
Now for 2 e-mails. "Do you have the new Jane Fonda DVD?" Kylie e-mailed. Yes. It's called Firm & Burn and it's 3 Low-Impact Aerobic Workouts. Dona and I are planning to do a piece on it at Third Estate Sunday Review. When?
We're hoping for this weekend actually. We both wanted to try it out and have several viewings (is it a 'viewing' when you're working out with it?). So now we're ready and it's just a matter of timing. If there's enough time, we'll do it this weekend. Otherwise, it'll be next Sunday.
Deborah e-mailed that she reads Jane Fonda's site "religiously." And that she thinks it's among the best on the web but she says she's confused about "Richard." That's Jane Fonda's significant other, Richard Perry and he's a music producer.
And that's all I knew so I called C.I.
"Okay, when Clive [Davis, then the head of Columbia records] knew Barbra [Streisand] had to update her style and leave Broadway behind he knew someone special was needed because the first attempt, What About Today?, had failed. And she knew she could sell with standards and torch songs. So Clive teamed her up with Richard Perry as her producer. Barbra gets her first top ten hit since 'People' -- from the Broadway play days, not from the film -- with her cover of Laura Nyro's 'Stoney End.' Richard produced the entire album which showed another side of Barbra. He also produced the follow up, Barbra Joan Streisand. From there his next big success is with Carly Simon. He produces Carly's No Secrets album which contained the hit 'The Right Thing To Do' as well as the massive number one 'You're So Vain.' And Carly's always given him credit for his work on the production of 'You're So Vain,' noting the double pianos and the strutting bass, etc. He produced her follow up album, Hotcakes, with the hits 'Haven't Got Time For The Pain' and 'Mockingbird.' He then produced her Playing Possum album which featured the hit 'Waterfall.' During that time, he also managed to produce Ringo Starr's Ringo album with the hits 'Oh My My' and 'Photograph.' He then went on to produce Diana Ross' Baby It's Me album which featured the hits 'Getting Ready For Love' and 'Your Love Is So Good To Me.' That's considered to be among Diana's finest albums of the seventies with many ranking it right behind The Boss. He produced Leo Sayer's big hits 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancin'' and 'When I Need You.' He was the first producer to work with Wilson Phillips when they were just starting out -- nothing was released from that. He's done the Rod Stewart song book albums more recently and produced Carly Simon's top ten album Moonlight Serenade. But he's probably most well known for one group: The Pointer Sisters. Among other hits, he produced the Pointer Sisters' 'Fire,' 'Slow Hand,' 'He's So Shy,' 'Should I Do It,' 'Jump For My Love,' 'Automatic,' 'Neutron Dance,' 'I'm so Excited,' 'I Need You,' 'American Music,' 'Freedom' and 'Dare Me.'"
So that's Richard Perry. You've heard his work if you didn't know you were hearing his work. And C.I. was just emphasizing the acts I knew. So he's probably got a lot more hits with acts I've never even listened to.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"