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paul schafer has lost his mind..

Aaron Mayo

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Paul Shaffer (from his auto-biography):""Every time I called [Sammy Davis Jr. to try and select a song or discuss rehearsal] he was either working or sleeping. He never did return my calls. The morning of the show I was feeling some panic. Sammy was flying in, and we still didn't know what he wanted to sing. At 10 a.m., the floor manager said I had a backstage call. It was Sammy calling from the plane.

" 'Once in My Life' will be fine, Paul' he said. 'Key of E going into F.'

" 'Great!' I was relieved. I was also eager to work out an arrangement. ... We whipped up a chart, nursed it, rehearsed it, and put it on tape. That way when Sammy arrived, he could hear it. Then another backstage call. Sammy's plane had landed early, and he was on his way over. When I greeted him at the backstage door with a big 'We're thrilled you're here' I was a little taken aback. He looked extremely tired and frail. He walked with a cane.

" 'We have an arrangement, Sam. You can rehearse it with the band.'

" 'No need, baby. Gotta conserve my energy. I'm just gonna go to my room and shower.'

" 'I wanna make it easy for you. So I'll just play you a tape of the arrangement on the boom box. That way you'll hear what we've done and tell me if it's okay.'

" 'Man, I know the song.'

" 'I know, Sam,' I said, 'but what if you don't like the chart?'

" 'I'll like it, I'll like it.'

" 'But what if the key's not right?'

" 'Okay, if you insist.'

"I slipped the cassette in the boom box and hit 'play.' To my ears the chart sounded great. Sammy closed his eyes and, in Sammy style, nodded his head up and down to the groove. He smiled.

'It's swinging man,' he said 'but think of how much more fun we could have had if I hadn't heard this tape."
fantastic!
 

rectoflyer

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He ****ed up the timing. He has no timing.

Not sure what to make of this. Is he my favorite keyboard player ever? No.

Is he obviously a consummate professional with plenty good-enough time to fit right in with most of the top music acts of the past 50 years? definitely

What exactly was it that Paul Schafer supposedly did wrong here?

Unbridled enthusiasm. he rarely got to play solos as a sideman, so he's clearly enjoying himself. sounds great too, btw.
 

Rusty Dutch

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Not sure what to make of this. Is he my favorite keyboard player ever? No.

Is he obviously a consummate professional with plenty good-enough time to fit right in with most of the top music acts of the past 50 years? definitely

Paul Shaffer is Artie Fufkin. And he has no timing.

 

Stratburst70

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What a weird thing to bring up here. We, along with many other places seem to be doing the same as everyone else without them. Anyone is welcome to lock themselves up lol. Anyway not wanting to argue just mentioning that places with high vax rates and lock downs don't seem to be "killing it". Cheers to free speech and art.

You asked for it, I delivered. Be careful what you wish for.

But your comment about lockdowns has been well and trulyBusted.
 




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