Posts Tagged ‘Conny Van Dyke

29
Aug
08

Mom Sings on YouTube

This is a track that my Mom, Conny Van Dyke, recorded in the Winter of 1962 for Motown.  It was released the following Spring.  It was posted by a fan in Gloucester, UK, where she is in the canon of cherished Northern Soul artists.  Many thanks to Dave for posting it.

09
Jul
08

The Return of Conny Van Dyke

I’m not saying where. I’m not saying when. Yet.

But… my Mom, Conny Van Dyke, is back.  Stay tuned.

13
May
08

On Youtube: Conny Van Dyke :)

Talent never goes out of style, it just goes into and out of retirement. Conny Van Dyke is no exception. An entertainer since 15, the woman is unstoppable. An actress, singer, and voice-over talent, she has re-emerged from retirement from show biz and is represented by Todd Justice at Venture IAB. Yes, of course, she’s also my Mom, but rather than selling you on her personally, I’ll let her talent do its own talking. Ladies and gentlemen, the fabulous Conny Van Dyke.

“He’s My Lover” from the film Framed, in which she starred with Joe Don Baker

A second video after the jump.

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21
Mar
08

My Dad

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I never met my father. He left us while my Mom was still big and pregnant with me, and he died in ’84. I have very few pictures of him, but last year Mom surprised me with a digitized video of them vacationing circa 1967. I took these screen shots of the two of them from that vid. Thanks Mom.

07
Feb
08

Britney Spears: A Little Bit of Tragedy Repeating

Once upon a time there was a hot, young, blonde star in her twenties, captive to her overbearing manager. He controlled her utterly, criminally: what she said, what she did, what she wore, where she appeared, and how thin she was when she did. He drove a wedge between the young woman and her family. She wasn’t allowed any phone calls and weeks would pass without her family knowing her whereabouts, except for what they were able to see on TV. He had dirt on her; compromising photographs to keep her frightened and tractable. He drugged her regularly and abused her with inconceivable cruelty, sexually, physically, and verbally. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and valuables were stolen from her during his occupation. His control was absolute, and soon, so was her hopelessness.

I’m not talking about Britney Spears. I’m talking about my Mom.

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Having exhausted every other path to help and solace, she lay in a bed in her home in the Hollywood hills and overdosed with a bottle of Valium.

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29
Jan
08

Gay American Heroes

Sean Kennedy

“So who knows what’s around the corner or down the street. I’m just gonna live life and find out.” -Sean William Kennedy

This past weekend is one that Sam and I had been anticipating for a while, but boy, did it play out differently than we expected. Chip Arndt had asked us some time ago to serve as co-chairs for his event: “Silence the Hate” a benefit for the Gay American Heroes Foundation, at East West in West Hollywood.

You know the drill, no matter how noble, on these kinds of things. It’s a charity you can get behind with a message you support, and you call in your connections and favors all over town to pack the house, and line the worthy cause’s coffers with much-needed resources. You make sure you look great (and we felt good about that having prepped for a season of events 1, 2, 3), then you show up to the event, have a few drinks with your friends, take photos, talk about the charity and what they’re doing, etc., until the goals have been wildly surpassed and a great time had by all. Continue reading ‘Gay American Heroes’

03
Jan
08

Soulmates

I grew up on country music. Mom (Conny Van Dyke) recorded for the Barnaby label with Ray Stevens when I was a kid. In fact, Ray gave me my nickname, Killer. In Florida, country was always there in the background, even through the 80’s.

Sam and I are into this whole rodeo thing of late, and him being from Utah (and all) we both have an affinity for country and the wide open spaces. So, to our friend Paul Horne’s chagrin, we’ve been listening to more country. This past week I discovered Josh Turner and bought his latest, Everything is Fine, and it is great. Firecracker hooked me, and the rest of it won me over for good. There’s a song called Soulmates on it, that immediately made me think of Sam, but soon after that, I thought that country and I might be soulmates as well. It feels familiar. It feels right. If nothing else, it’s a nice break from Tiësto.




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