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Number 20: Bring Me Sunshine
‘Bring Me Sunshine’ was written in 1966 by the composer Arthur Kent, with lyrics by Sylvia Dee (who wrote songs for Elvis Presley). Willie Nelson (pictured above in that era, without the long hair and beard) had a hit in 1968 with a version produced by Chet Atkins. A year later the song was adopted by comedians Morecambe & Wise as their signature tune in their second series for the BBC.
Picture: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.
Willie Nelson lives on the road. So it made perfect sense for him to just park the tour bus on the street outside Annie Leibowitz ‘s studio sometime in the middle of the night before the shoot. (We got the permit.) By his own account, the 70-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer is tough and stuborn and knows what he wants. When asked if he would like to put on one of the many cowboy hats that had been collected for him, he said, “You mean as opposed to the one I’m wearing?” leaving little room for discussion.
He’s also a charmer, an elequent poet, a songwriter, actor, Farm Aid Co-Founder, and golfer who, in his 40-year career has made records and performed in concerts with practically everyone — including Frank Sinatra, Keith Richards, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow and Julio Iglesias. One of his favorite duet partners is Norah Jones, and at our shoot these two very private stars were clearly pleased to have some time to sit next to each other and catch up. Later, posing duties over, Willie got back on his bus to go to New Jersey for a show on the never ending tour that is his life.
by Lisa Robinson .
Annie Leibovitz: American Jewish Photographer, born October 2nd, 1949 in Westbury, Connecticut, She is the third of six children, her great grandparents were Russian Jews and her father’s parents emigrated from Romania. Her mother was a modern dance instructor and her father was a lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Air Force. They moved a lot because of her father’s work and took her first photographs in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. When she was in high school she became very artistic and interested in music and writing. She attended the San Francisco Art institute where she studied painting. Later. she kept developing her photography skills and soon learned to adapt Jewish concepts to her photographs in certain jobs.
When the Rolling Stone magazine was just launched in the 1970s, Leibovitz started her career as a staff photographer for them. In 1973, she was titled chief photographer for the Rolling Stone which she would continue on for 10 years. Most of her intimate photographs of celebrities is what helped define the Rolling Stone look; Photographers such as Robert One of Her first assignment was to shoot John Lennon.
by: Andy Williamson
Aren’t you glad someone made this happen? I’m guessing Annie, but it could have been any of the guys, just as well, who said, “Let’s get a formal family photograph.”
Micah Nelson shared this photo on his Face Book page, with the annotation @john_varvatos @danny_clinch, which I interpret to mean this beautiful photograph was taken by the talented photographer Danny Clinch, and the Nelson family are wearing beautiful clothing designed by John Varvatos. I may be completely wrong, so don’t quote me.
On May 11, 1988, Willie Nelson performed at the celebration of Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday. The two-hour event was taped at Carnegie Hall in New York, and featured celebrities from all forms of American entertainment and the performing arts in a tribute to America’s legendary songwriter.
Mary Ann Plunkett
U. S. Army Chorus
Boy and Girl Scouts