Bobby Rydell landed 34 songs on the Top 40 charts and sold more than 25 million records. He writes about his life and career in a new book, “Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances.” It’s a very personal and honest book about his struggles with alcohol, the death of his first wife Camille, and career ups and downs. We discussed why he decided to write the book and some of the anecdotes he shares, including being acknowledged by Paul McCartney as an influence on The Beatles, working with Jack Benny and George Burns, and breaking into the music business as a teenager.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It was an honor to speak with legendary TV host Dick Cavett about his new book “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks.” We had a fun conversation about comedy writing, cultural references, and why people hear his voice in their heads. Toward the end of the interview, he complimented me on my hosting skills. That specific quote is immediately going on my resume.
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Praise for RYAN GATENBY and THE BIG WAKEUP CALL
“It’s a pleasure talking to you. You do this very well.” — DICK CAVETT