“Dave White Presents” The Real “Daydream Believer” with Davy Jones, comic actor Shelley Berman, and Memories of Nov. 22, 1963!
In 1967, The Monkees had a Number One hit with “Daydream believer.” It was a song written by ex-Kingston Trio member John Stewart about his then new girlfriend, singer Buffy Ford.
Forty-vive years later, the “Homecoming Queen” herself, now Buffy Ford Stewart, recorded her own version of the song her late husband had written for her. Poignantly, Davy Jones, the voice we know best for the tune, joined Buffy for both lead and background vocals—which turned out to be his last studio recordings ever. And Buffy and Davy were joined by another famous fella from the ’60s, one Peter Tork. It was then Davy Jones learned he’d been singing the wrong lyrics all these years!
On the next DWP, Buffy remembers Davy and John Stewart whose songs make up much of her latest album, *Same Old Heart*. It’s a very romantic soundscape with the songs of John and Buffy Ford Stewart celebrating the power of love. Other guests on Buffy’s album include folks like Bill Mumy, Roseanne Cash, and Kris Kristopherson. We’ll trip down memory lane with Buffy remembering when she was flirting with joining the Jefferson Airplane. We’ll play Buffy and Davy’s “Daydream Believer” for you and her “Same Old Heart” featuring The Eagles’ Timothy B Schmidt. Expect a very special, engaging conversation with a “Daydream Believer” you’ll be happy you met!
If any entertainer deserves the title “Renaissance Man,” it would have to be comic, actor, and author Shelley Berman. He’s been doing it all a very long time. For example, his first of seven comedy albums, *Inside Shelley Berman*, won the first Grammy Award for a non-musical recording in 1959. In fact, he earned three Gold Records for his comic routines, many of which were just Shelley with an imaginary telephone.
His acting roles also span the decades including appearances on *The Twilight Zone*, *Peter Gunn*, *Bewitched*, *The Mary Tyler Moore Show*, and *Boston Legal* where he made many recurring appearances as Judge Robert Sanders. From 2002 to 2009, Shelley appeared as Nat David (Larry David’s father) on HBO’s *Curb Your Enthusiasm* for which he won an Emmy.
On top of all that, Shelley has written four books, two plays, and several TV pilot scripts. On the next DWP, Shelley joins Wes Britton to talk about his new hot-off-the-press poetry volume, *To Laughter With Questions: Poetry By Shelley Berman*. Shelley will share memories of his decades in Hollywood and will blow your mind—we promise—with a special reading of one of his very powerful poems. Yep, we’ll throw in one of his classic comedy routines as well.
Who of us can forget where we were on Nov. 22, 1963, 50 years ago this week? Certainly not those who were there on Dealey Plaza like James Tague who was wounded from the ricochet of a bullet intended for Kennedy. Other eyewitnesses that day included children stunned by what they saw, the doctor who tried to save the president, the Secret Service agent who was seconds too late, and the woman who unwittingly sheltered an assassin.
All these stories are told anew in *The Day Kennedy Died*, a DVD from the Smithsonian Channel that tells it just like it was from the perspectives of those “lost to history.” Narrated by Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey, Nov. 22 1963 is brought to life through rarely seen footage and rarely heard testimonies. Praising the straight-forward presentation in the documentary, film critic “Chicago Bill” Hansen joins Dave White to discuss the DVD, and the two also share their own memories of the tragedy we all felt wherever we were half a century ago. It was indeed a day the world changed.
So we offer musical memories, comic nostalgia, and historical retrospective on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–
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