Jazz and Pop, Youth and Middle Age like Young

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The Moral of the Story
from the Guy Who Knows

The original plan called for me to be in the studio last fall when Dion, now going by his full name, Dion DiMucci, recorded Yo Frankie—his first rock 'n' roll album after a decade of recording only Jesus songs. But Zach Glickman, Dion's manager, thought better of the idea. "He doesn't even want me there," Glickman said. "You have to realize this is the toughest record of his career. He's not a nineteen-year-old kid anymore. He's a fifty-year-old man and this could be his last shot."

Glickman mentioned, however, that Dion would be returning to his old neighborhood in the Bronx to present a signed copy of his autobiography, The Wanderer, to the branch library there. A crew from Entertainment Tonight would be tailing him, and there would also be a photographer from People magazine. So one more putz with a notebook wasn't going to make a difference.

"You can see where he grew up," Glickman said, shrugging.

The photographer on assignment from People turned out to be David Gahr, an old pal of Dion's. We piled into the hired car, with Dion sitting between me and Glickman in back, Gahr up front with the driver, and the TV crew following us over the Major Deegan Expressway in their van.

"You're looking good," Gahr told Dion, turning round to face him.

"A little heavier, though?" Dion asked.

"Maybe in the face," Gahr admitted. "But it looks good on you."

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Also by Francis Davis *
  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Advertisements for Myself xi
  • Part One - Voices *
  • Swin G and Sensibility 3
  • The Great Hoagy 19
  • Not Singing Too Much 27
  • Billie Holiday, Cover Artist 39
  • Betty Carter, for Example 49
  • Part Two - Change of the Century *
  • Bud's Bubble 57
  • The Sound of One Finger Snapping 66
  • Aftershocks 77
  • Taken: the True Story of an Alien Abduction - (A Conversation with Sun Ra) 83
  • Rashaan, Rashaan 94
  • Inward 99
  • A to Z 106
  • Charlie Haden, Bass 116
  • ornette 134
  • The 1970s, Religious and Circus 141
  • Like Young 156
  • In His Father's House 169
  • Leaving behind a Trail 176
  • Some Recordings 186
  • On Stage and Screen 200
  • Part Three - Here and There *
  • Tourist Point of View 219
  • Time Difference 223
  • Part Four - Undercover *
  • Man Lost. Songs Found 235
  • Country vs. Western 242
  • Elvis Presley's Double Consciousness 246
  • Beached 256
  • Everybody's Composer 263
  • The Best Years of Our Lives 281
  • Infamous 297
  • Victim Kitsch 304
  • The Moral of the Story from the Guy Who Knows 316
  • Index 339
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