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Posts Tagged ‘Ray Charles’

Marc Kaufman Furs Proudly Attaches Its Name to Joe Namath Super Bowl Coat

Exhibit A is the photo below, the default home page slide-show pic at kaufmanfurs.com. Exhibit B is a press release put out this morning additionally reminding everyone that the 104-year-old New York operation provided the “show-stopping hooded coyote fur coat” worn at Super Bowl XLVIII by Joe Namath.

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This despite a firestorm on Twitter in some circles about Namath’s wardrobe choice. A firestorm that at one point had @PETA answering a tweet asking how many animals were killed for Broadway Joe’s outfit with: “Too many.”

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Celebrity Biographer David Ritz Gives Ghostwriting Tips

The list of celebrities that David Ritz has worked with is daunting: Ray Charles, R. Kelly, Aretha Franklin and Joe Perry, just to name a few. But the man who has ghostwritten so many autobiographies never set out to do that. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s Hey, How’d You Do That? series, Ritz tells how he became a successful ghostwriter and gives advice to those with similar aspirations.

“When I first met Ray Charles, I didn’t know about ghostwriting; I was just going to do a biography of him,” Ritz recalled. “And then his agent asked me, ‘Which book would you be more interested in reading: a book about Ray Charles written by an egghead or a book written in his own voice?’ I told him that I would much rather read the book written in his own voice, and he told me, ‘You should write the book you would want to read, not the one you believe you should write.’ And that was a big turning point for me.”

For more, read Hey, How’d You Build a Successful Ghostwriting Career, David Ritz? [subscription required]

Twitter Was Nearly Called… Jitter?

WNYC’s Lisa Chow and Jim Colgan spoke with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who told them that along with “Twitch,” “Jitter” was in serious contention for becoming the name of their new social media creation.

We wanted a name that evoked what we did. We wanted something that was tangible. And we looked at what we were doing and when you received a tweet over SMS, your phone would buzz. It would jitter. It would twitch. And those were the early names, Jitter and Twitch. And neither one of them really inspired the best sort of imagery.

No kidding. One sounds like a venereal disease and the other sounds like the perfect word to describe Ray Charles‘ heroin shakes. Not that Twitter is all that much better. The only reason it works is that the cutesy verb to describe the act of using the product caught on. “To tweet” undoubtedly saved that company’s hide.

Watch the Box: Changes, Ch-ch-ch-changes

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CMT has ordered 6 episodes of Gone Country. Bobby Brown, Carnie Wilson, Dee Snider, Diana DeGarmo, Julio Iglesias Jr, Maureen McCormick and Sisqo are slated to see if who can become the next big country superstar. Barry Gibb made a country album, you know. So did Ray Charles, not that any of these could ever be a back-up singer for Charles.

Toni Collette will star in Showtime’s new Steven Spielberg comedy pilot, The United States of Tara, Her character is a wife and mother to two teenagers, and she’s got multiple personalities. Suburban Sybil.

44 Blue has an reality series for A&E called L.A. Gang Unit where cameras follow the members of the Gang Task Force, who work primarily in South Central LA. Remember when Mitchell Koss’s LA County Jail doc. was too strong for Nat’l Geographic? No, you don’t.