Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Who's Beat WAS It??

By now, some of you have already heard that Charles Laufer, who, the New York Times alludes, pretty much made Tiger Beat Magazine, has died at the age of 87.
Now, I'm not trying to be picky here, but ... ummmm, who "made" what?!?

Take a look at the TB cover on your left (PS This is actual one that Uncle LL sent me back in 2007).

The fanzine, itself, had some boss stories in that issue, including one on George Harrison's marriage to Patti Boyd (remember him? He was with some long-haired band from a place called Liverpool, I think ...), a spread on Paul Revere and the Raiders (btw, Liverpool's in a place called "England"), info on some of the rock happenings of the month, and a neat write-up about James Brown. In fact, that particular article made me chuckle (hey ... I can do it if I want; after all, 2/3 of it's my name!). Y'see, in the piece, he's referred to as "Jim".

And you didn't call the Godfather of Soul "Jim"! Onstage, he was called what his mama and daddy, Susie and Joe, named him; offstage, his entourage, from roadies to management, called him "Mr. Brown". He didn't like "Jim" because it sounded disrespectful.

Now, there's no question that Laufer was publisher of Tiger Beat -- but who do ya think really molded the magazine into the mega musical media monster it became? And whose name graced the front cover as the one who produced it? Check the close-up on the right for a hint (again, this is from my copy ...).

So, whilst we obviously send condolences to the Laufer family, we, the minions who memorialise our musical madcap media master and followers of the fab father of finger-people, want the media to give Lloyd Thaxton the credit he deserves so well ...


Actually (and for all of you who've asked about it) I'm on the trail of the whereabouts of the long-awaited DVD -- the one that Uncle Lloyd was working on until he left us. As soon as I get more info, I'll post an immediate update. So ....

stay tuned ...

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