Marilyn & Billy — A 50 Year Love Song

“Saving All My Love For You” is best known as one of Whitney Houston’s signature songs. But Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. cut the first recording of the tune seven years earlier, in 1978. It could serve as an official theme song for McCoo and Davis, who have been married for 48 of the […]

Making Music History with Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. — A Happy, Hairy Accident

Performing this weekend as part of Feinstein’s at the Nikko’s Summer of Love celebration, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. will undoubtedly perform the mini-medley of “Aquarius” and “Let The Sun Shine In” they helped make famous as founding members of the hitmaking pop group The Fifth Dimension. But, while the group’s hybrid recording of […]

We’re slipping a Micky to San Francisco

Micky Dolenz has no Monkee on his back. At 72 years old, the singing drummer—who appears at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on August 4 and 5—expresses nothing but gratitude for his association with a group that began as a made-for-television phenomenon in 1965 but went on to become a creative force in and of itself, […]

Jennifer Holliday: “I’m Singing Better Than Ever”

“If I had a chance to start a new era of recording at this point in my career,” says Jennifer Holliday, “I would be at my best ever.” Holliday soared to national attention—and took home a Tony and a Grammy—in 1981, when she originated the role of Effie White in the Broadway production of Dreamgirls […]

Celebrate pride: 99 Lorna Luftballons!

Feinstein’s favorite Lorna Luft launches San Francisco Pride Weekend with a new show celebrating her longtime alliance with the LGBTQ community on Friday, June 23.  No doubt we’ll be hearing some classics made famous by Mama Judy along with some heart-tugging tales from Lorna’s own life.  In anticipation of the weekend celebration, we’ll be floating […]

Spencer Day on L.A.

“Growing up Mormon, MGM musicals were some of the only movies I was allowed to watch on TV,” says singer songwriter Spencer Day, recalling his childhood in Utah and Arizona. “As a kid who was living in a very troubled family and must have known inside that I was gay, I loved that old fashioned […]

Scenes from a marriage: Mario Cantone and Jerry Dixon

Lucy and Desi. Archie and Edith. Roseanne and Dan. Ralph and Alice. One of the evergreen pleasures of pop culture is the chance it gives us to eavesdrop on other people’s relationships. When we listen to beloved, long-enduring couples and hear them tease and , it not only entertains us, it reassures us.  We can […]

This weekend at Feinsteins: What’s your crooner IQ?

Michael Feinstein himself returns to the Nikko this Thursday through Sunday with his salute to “The Crooners”—Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.  While Michael’s performances will be chockful of little known stories behind the songs and their singers, we know that our most devoted clubgoers are big fans of Great American […]