walking in memphis……

Before too much time passed I thought I would share a little about my trip to Memphis. Here are some interesting facts if you’d like to know even more. I’d like to thank Imad Handi who carried on with the show and did as David Gest would have liked. I would also like to thank Oona Mitchell of Royal Studios and her son Daniel for all their help. (This is where Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” was produced by the way). Feel free to click the many links in this post for a more thorough appreciation of Memphis, Tennessee.

It was great fun to work with so many of the artists I grew up listening to. Backstage we were singing every word!


I got in from my flight rather late; about 10PM where I was taken to the world famous Peabody Hotel. A small problem though…. they had booked my room šŸ™Ā  I thought I would have nowhere to stay. The evening Manager (Dewayne Shipp) had something up his sleeve however. This can happen from time to time; and after sincerely apologizing they sent us to TheĀ  Pyramid’s Big Cypress Lodge for one night to be brought back to the Peabody in the morning. I was puzzled that he was chuckling a bit as he sent us on our way. (Of course I understand things now). This place was like an amusement park for outdoor enthusiasts and I never would have learned about it if the mix up hadn’t happened.

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The Pyramid is the former home of the Memphis Grizzlies and is now the Bass Pro Shop headquarters. It turned out to be quite a lot of fun. There are lagoons and bridges and boats and fish and alligator’s all INSIDE the pyramid, alongside sports equipment and all the miscellaneous sales items. The Lodge is above looking down on this.

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The Lobby

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The Suites above.

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The Shops below…

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Looking down from my balcony


There is an elevator that goes to the top of the pyramid where you can see a lovely view of the Mississippi River and the city. (Note: It’s the tallest free standing elevator in the country).

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The Mighty Mississippi

Going down anyone?… (watch out for the alligators)


The next day was back to the Grand Peabody (where I was graciously upgraded to the Celebrity Suite), rehearsals, and on to the show with a quick trip down Beale Street.


The Peabody Hotel is known for its red carpet treatment of the ducks that live on the roof and play in the lobby every day. Kind of silly but kind of neat. Its the ritual of the thing that is amusing.

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You can’t go the Memphis and not go to Beale Street which was only a block away from the hotel. Here are a few pics.

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While I already posted some of the incredible performers on the show on facebook; I thought I would post again here on my personal blog as well. Below them are some world famous music videos.

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with Peabo Bryson and Russell Thompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics

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with C J Jefferson of the Temptations Review

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With Regina Belle and “my man” Dennis Edwards of the Temptations with the Temptations Review

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With songstress Regina Belle

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with Kenny T. Musical Director for Russell Thompkins Jr and the New Stylistics

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with Jonathan Buckson Sr of the Stylistics

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two lovely ladies Deniece Williams and Regina Belle

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Anita Ward with Gregory Abbott

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With Candi Staton

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with Petula Clark “Downtown” and “Dont Sleep in the Subway”. Petula lived in Memphis for a while and performed a wonderful song she wrote by the same name.

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Gregory Abbott and Melba Moore

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Gregory Abbott and GC Cameron of the Spinners. (This is a cool dude right here)

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Having some fun in rehearsal with Peabo Bryson


Some Videos:


Here’s one I don’t post often….Ā  its an amusing song called “Hardtimez”


My quotes for this post:

“Music can cure things medication never will”

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‘You are rich, when you are content and happy with what you have”

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“The war on drugs brought in more drugs. And the war on terrorists created more terrorists. Maybe next year we can have a war on farmers markets…

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Until next time…. as always I am Musically yours,

Gregory

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RIP
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Namaste

david gest……

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I’ve known David Gest for decades but we only recently renewed our friendship in 2014. He had a love of R&B and Soul music like few industry promoters, having grown up next door the the Jackson family. He was an industry icon and will be missed by a great many artists as well as fans. He always put on a great show and treated the acts well. He was funny, quirky, kind, loved licorice, and liked to tell dirty jokes.

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On my last tour with him, we shared a dressing room together. When the tour was ending he said “You’re going to miss me.” and I laughed. A few weeks later we were chatting on the phone and I told him he was right. I did miss him.

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While the “Memphis in May” show on May 6th will go on; it will now be a memorial show. There will be many tears backstageā€¦

Rest well my friend. I will miss you.

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Gregory

 

 

 

women……

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Women’s History Month

There are so many incredible women to celebrate in March since it is Women’s History Month but I’ve chosen Lena Horne to bring to your attention this year. Her success, but more meaningfully her battle against the stereotypes and prejudices of her day seemed important to me in this election year. Take a moment if you will to read about her. Here’s a link.

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I will be doing a show on May 6th for the Memphis in May Festival.Canada-Flag-5

This year’s toast is to Canada!

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I’ll also be heading to the United Kingdom in the summer…. some time around August.

We’ll keep you informed as time progresses. Hope you had a happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Stay well and welcome to SPRING!


Here are some quotes for this post.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha


Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino

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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau

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(Did you find the optical illusions above?)


Thanks for tuning in.

This is “I Can See Clearly”

 

Musically yours, Gregory

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