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By Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer—born and bred song junkie and longtime chief of David Letterman’s Late Show band—opens up during this candid, endearing, hilarious, and star-studded memoir.  From taking part in seedy strip joints in Toronto, to being the 1st musical director of Saturday evening Live and supporting to shape the Blues Brothers, to being onstage each evening with David Letterman and fiddling with the best musicians of our time, Shaffer has lived the final word showbiz life.  Now—dishing on all people from John Belushi and Jerry Lewis to Mel Gibson and Britney Spears—Paul provides us the complete behind-the-scenes tale of his lifestyles, from banging out pop tunes at the piano on the age of twelve to major the band each evening on the Sullivan Theater.

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Bob was once manufacturer of the nationwide Lampoon Radio Hour. He and that i had additionally labored at the reside Blues Brothers checklist. Figuring i'll effectively shuffle between SNL, the Blues Brothers movie, and Gilda, I agreed. I definitely had the power. Plus, I’d recognized Gilda for the reason that our Godspell days and thought of her the best lady comedian for the reason that Lucy. much more vital, she used to be a pricey, pricey good friend. The Gilda undertaking begun. Michael O’Donoghue wrote the hysterical “Let’s speak soiled to the Animals. ” Gilda and that i wrote, between others, “I like to be unsatisfied” and “Honey, contact Me with My outfits On,” a glance again at these days while prolonged foreplay was once nonetheless the number-one indoor game. in the meantime, whilst Belushi heard concerning the Gilda checklist, he pulled me and Tischler apart, whispering, “Don’t do it. simply relaxation up for the motion picture. You men are going to be coproducing the sound tune of the movie, and Gilda’s going to be a distraction. ” doubtless, John enjoyed Gilda and Gilda enjoyed John, yet extreme festival exists even one of the so much loving of comics. For all his sweet-hearted methods, Belushi was once a killer competitor. “Sorry, John,” I stated. “I gotta aid Gilda. yet I’ll be there for you. anticipate it. ” What I didn’t anticipate have been the stumbling blocks dealing with me on Gilda’s checklist. We lower it dwell in a studio with an viewers. It used to be nice, yet wanted heavy postproduction paintings, particularly the tune. but the extra we labored on it, the more severe it received. in the meantime, Lorne Michaels, who used to be exec generating, desired to pay attention it. The checklist wasn’t prepared, yet still I needed to fly to Lorne’s condominium in Amagansett, big apple. Gilda was once there, and she or he and Lorne instantly heard that the album wasn’t there but. yet i used to be out of time. I needed to be in Chicago 3 days later to begin operating with Belushi and Danny at the movie. i used to be stuck in among Gilda and Belushi. Gilda smiled at me with these candy eyes of hers. “Come on, Paul,” she stated. “I actually need you in this. ” i presumed again to the band. It used to be a blast. The band was once the bomb. however the event had now not been totally confident. whereas John enjoyed to heap compliment on Duck and Steve and Matt, he overlooked me, which was once tricky on my ego. frequently he “forgot” to introduce me to the viewers, and that used to be even harder. He seldom used my identify, “Musical Director. ” That used to be the hardest. although he gave me that task, he didn’t imagine the viewers had to understand rock band had a musical director. in the end, the Stones didn’t have a musical director; neither did Rod Stewart. in the meantime, Gilda have been not anything yet amazing to me all through our lengthy and hot friendship. “Okay,” I advised her and Lorne, “I’ll do it. ” “Great,” stated Lorne. “I’ll name Bernie and inform him. ” Bernie Brillstein controlled not just Gilda and Lorne, yet John in addition. once I bought again to the town, I referred to as my attorney. “I simply pulled out of the Blues Brothers movie,” I informed him. “You can’t, Paul,” he acknowledged. “I simply did the deal. ” “Well, undo it. I can’t depart Gilda with a half-completed list. I gotta support her out. ” “Why now not do either?

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