The Glorious Corner: Garland Jeffreys, Eric McCormack, Micky Dolenz and More!

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Garland Jeffreys
Photo: Jeff Smith
By G.H. Harding

GARLAND RETIRES — Brooklyn singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys has announced he will stop touring after his next set of dates but that doesn’t mean he will stop writing and recording.

In a tweet, Garland said, “BIG NEWS: After more than 50 years of performing, I’ve decided to hang up my rock and roll shoes. I’ll keep writing songs and recording. As you can imagine, it hasn’t been an easy decision. I want to thank everyone for coming out to see me over all these years – details to follow.”

The now 75-year old Garland Jeffreys went to art school at Syracuse University in the 60’s with Lou Reed. By 1966 he was playing around popular Greenwich Village nightclubs like The Bitter End. He played the guitar on John Cale’s 1969 solo album, was a member of Grinder’s Switch also in 1969 but didn’t release his own album until 1973.

Garland’s biggest US chart entry was his cover of ? and the Mysterians’ “96 Tears” in 1981.

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Garland Jeffreys always did better in Europe than in America. He had a number one hit with “Matador” in Belgium in 1979 and a number eight hit with “Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll” in Switzerland in 1991. He’s has a legion of superstar friends, from Springsteen to Ian McDonald. .

He had a series of albums domestically via the much-missed A&M Records. A class act all the way.

McDONALD KILLS THE DOOBIES — (Via Ultimate Classic RockFive-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald felt a severe attack of self-doubt when he first played Doobie Brothers album Minute by Minute to a friend in a parking lot in 1977.

Released the following January to great acclaim, it was the band’s first album without former lead singer Tom Johnston as a full member. It was also the first time McDonald had played a majority role in the songwriting, as he told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show.

“He will not admit to this day, but I remember distinctly sitting with him,” McDonald said of the friend he refused to name. “He and I are sitting in his car and he goes, ‘Well, let me hear the tape.’ I had the rough mixes and I played it for him, and I said, ‘Well, what do you think?’ And he goes, ‘I think it sucks! I think it’s terrible!’ ’You don’t hear anything on there that sounds good?’ He goes, ‘No!’

“This guy was a very good friend of mine but he never was a fan of my music, so he’d never hesitate. He said, ‘This should have had more Tommy songs on there. No offense, but your stuff just sucks. And I’ve told you that before – I’ve told you that many times!’”

The friend’s opinion hit home, McDonald admitted. “I’m half insulted but I’m half thinking, ‘Maybe he’s telling the truth – oh great. I’ve taken this band to its doom!’” He added: “Oddly enough, it was one of the biggest-selling records… but not without its harrowing moments along the way.”

David Garrison
Eric McCormack
David Salidor; Peter Noone; Micky Dolenz; Mark Lindsay and Keith Girard

SHORT TAKES — We watched the final two episodes ofNBC’s Will & Grace and just adored them. The second one was Jack’s wedding … at an airport and it was just amazing how the writers wove together humor and pathos seamlessly. The four actors are just sensational with Eric McCormack just stellar. No question, this is how a re-boot should work … Congrats to Improper-editor Keith Girard on the publication of his book, The Heidelberg Conundrum( … Micky Dolenz gets interviewed by Jaques Sonyieux from the industry’s Pro Sound News Friday … When is a book, that’s about to come out … not a book? We’re hearing some strange goings-on about one set to come out on May 7. Legal-drama abounds, so we can’t reveal much. But, stay tuned … as we will … The always-charming David Garrison in The Cradle Will Rock at Classic Stage Company. It runs through May 19 at Classic Stage Company (136 E. 13th St., between Fourth and Third). Evening performances are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; matinees are at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays … Whatever happened to Nonstop To Cairo? Their debut album Dabble Heavy was just sensational. Managed by Eppy of My Father’s Place, they seemed to have it all.

“Nonstop To Cairo”

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Randy Alexander; Crystal Waters; Mark Bego; Mary Wilson; Tommy Crudup; Julia Machover; David Steele; Deb Caponetta; Tony King; Jane Rose; David Garrison; and, CHIP.

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