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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Clark ‘Lost’ Interview – Part 2

[Editor's Note: The following, never-before-published interview (Part 1 here) was conducted via telephone on December 23, 1993 by the late Jim Mitteager. The tape, part of a much larger collection bequeathed to Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, was only recently discovered and graciously provided to FishbowlLA. Our thanks to Barresi for allowing us to share this great bit of nostalgia with our readers, on the anniversary of Clark's April 18, 2012 death.]

Mitteager: Has MTV impacted in a negative way on talent? There’s a lot of packaging that’s going on now that involves skills other than the ability to sing and write good songs. Is it impacting on new talent as opposed to the old days?

Clark: I wouldn’t blame it all on MTV. I’d blame it on the consolidation of the music business, between five or six nationally owned companies. You’ve got all of these big debts that they’ve got to pay. They’ve got them on a timetable, and that includes videos and personal appearances and promotions and all of that. So some new guy, it makes it very difficult to get launched. That’s the whole thing about what’s wrong with the business these days. It’s tough to break through.

Mitteager:  What would be your best advice to an aspiring artist out there that is in that pickle right now, that have no representation and has some talent?

Clark: I would try to get to one of the cities where people find talent, LA, New York, Nashville, Seattle… Get out there and showcase yourself.

Mitteager: I want to rack your brain about people that got there start on Bandstand, or with you in general and have now become award winners on the American Music Awards.

Clark: New Edition, they debuted on Bandstand.

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Tom Brokaw on TIME 100 Influencer Steven Spielberg

Although this year’s print version of the TIME 100 features, for the first time, a total of five different domestic (Elon Musk, Jennifer Lawrence (pictured), Rand Paul, Jay Z, Malala Yousafzai) and two international covers (Li Na, Aamir Kahn), FishbowlLA’s favorite aspect of this must-read annual compilation remains the bylines.

This year for example, the ode to Justin Timberlake was composed by one Stevie Wonder; Timberlake returns the favor by praising Jimmy Fallon. And, for the bow-down to Steven Spielberg, the magazine enlisted Tom Brokaw:

However different their subjects, Spielberg’s productions have a common thematic DNA of humanity, so we are enlightened as well as entertained. His work on Lincoln alone was worthy of enduring acclaim, for it brought to life as no other film has this quintessential American President struggling with the greatest moral dilemma of our history.

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Three and a Half Decades Later, Stevie Wonder’s Radio Station Still Rocking

NBCLA anchor Michael Brownlee spent some time recently at KJLH 102.3 FM, the Inglewood radio station that has been owned since 1977 by Stevie Wonder. It’s one of only two African-American owned commercial radio stations in all of California.

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Stevie Wonder Forgets the Words to His Own Christmas Song

Ha ha. It doesn’t get much more fun than this.

At the top of an appearance today on Good Day LA to promote the 17th annual edition of his “House Full Of Toys” fundraising concert at the Nokia Theatre, Stevie Wonder picked up on a Justin Bieber duet clip from last year’s edition and started performing “Someday at Christmas.” At one point, he forgot how the lyrics go but kept right on going:

“… And I’m messing up my own words. That’s OK because I’m with Steve [Edwards]. So he’ll forgive me on this show…”

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Gawker Doubles Number of Black Staffers with Cord Jefferson

Cord Jefferson‘s first day as Gawker’s west coast contributing editor generated some breaking (and obvious) news – - Cord Jefferson is black and diversity hasn’t been a priority in the past for the website:

One other note: I’m going to be only the second black person with a full-time salary at Gawker in its nearly 10-year history (the first is Caity Weaver, who is half black). I’m actually pretty excited about that fact, and I know from talking to a few of my new colleagues that they are, also. I don’t think this means you should expect Gawker to drastically change its overall coverage and voice, but I do think it’s important to acknowledge that the people who complained about the Gawker masthead’s dearth of color weren’t complaining to deaf ears. And now that I’m here, I’m not going to stop until this place is as black as Obama’s cabinet, which is to say just a little bit more black.

While his race should have been obvious to everyone outside of Stevie Wonder (though I do get mistaken for Dominican in parts of New York), what nobody knew was Jefferson is only the second black staffer at Gawker in  their 10-year (!) history.

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Legendary DJ Segues Back to Stevie Wonder Owned Airwaves

Once upon a time, KJLH-FM radio personality Levi Booker (“Levi… who loves you!”) brought a ten-block stretch of LA’s Crenshaw Blvd. to a standstill with the on-air directive “stop your cars, turn your radio up and let’s party!”

He’s just one of the many colorful personalities to have inhabited station hallways over the years. Original owner John Lamar Hill gave the outfit its name with his initials, but those call letters took on new meaning in 1979 when entertainer Stevie Wonder purchased the station and launched the “Kindness, Joy, Love, and Happiness” era.

Booker was last on the KJLH airwaves in 2004 and currently works as director of new media, marketing and promotions. Starting this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., he’s back in the “Radio Free Saturdays” slot at 102.3 on the LA FM dial.

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Magazines Remembering Michael Hit Newsstands

time.pngForget Jon & Kate, Michael Jackson‘s death may be the latest event to help resuscitate the faltering magazine industry. After news of his death broke on Thursday afternoon, magazines rushed to honor the pop star.

Today, Time magazine has a commemorative issue hitting newsstands. The issue features memories of Michael from a laundry list of his famous friends and admirers, including Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Nancy Reagan.

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NPR To Receive Award From Stevie Wonder

webnewserCES_12.30.jpgOur newest blog WebNewser is headed to Las Vegas today to cover the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show — so you’ll know what electronics to buy next Christmas.

This year at CES, National Public Radio, along with Apple and Google will receive the Vision Free Award, presented by Stevie Wonder. The award is for NPR’s work making digital radio and broadcast services accessible for the 650-million people worldwide who are sensory impaired. Wonder will host the Vision Free Awards reception on Friday night. WebNewser is trying to score a ticket.

The press release is after the jump. And be sure to keep an eye on WebNewser over the next few days for more stories from CES…

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Howard Brandy, inspiration for Dudley Do-Right, 79

brandy_howard.jpg From Variety (with some additional info by guest Fishie Dan Cox):

Howard Brandy, a publicist in film and music over a career spanning nearly five decades and known as the model for the cartoon character Dudley Do-Right, died last Monday after a long illness. He was 79.

In the 1950s, Brandy represented teen heartthrobs Fabian and Frankie Avalon before going on to work with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, the Fifth Dimension, Lionel Richie, Captain & Tennille and the Monkees. He also headed publicity for A&M records, Uni Records and Motown.

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Ladies’ Night: Grammys Were About the Chicks … Except For One

carriebored.jpgGrammys night was ladies’ night, with Mary J. Blige and the Dixie Chicks, giving stunning performances and heartfelt acceptance speeches.

But some of the female artists looked like they were just waiting for the night to end so they could slink back into their sweat pants. (We’re looking at you, Carrie Underwood.)

Beyonce sings her heart out, and Carrie Underwood looks bored. Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder get an award — that Stevie dedicates to his dead mom — and Carrie Underwood looks bored. The camera pans to Prince, who is sitting right in front of Carrie Underwood, and she smiles. And then looks bored. (Good thing the camera didn’t cut to her during that interminably boring John Mayer/Corrine Bailey Rae/John Legend act).

Even when she took the stage to accept her own awards and perform those purdy country songs, Carrie Underwood looked bored. Jesus, take the wheel; Carrie’s too bored to drive.