Sunday, May 26, 2024

Watch Justin Timberlake PBS “Memphis Soul” Show Live from the White House at 6:55pm


UPDATE: Sam Moore on Soul Man, Justin Timberlake on Dock of the Bay, Mavis Staples I’ll Take You There all very good. I love Queen Latifah, but Ann Peebles would have happily come in from Memphis to sing I Can’t Stand the Rain. Oh well. And Justin does not need to add BeeGees falsettos to everything.

Keep refreshing…Beginning at 6:55pm, watch the PBS taping of a salute to Memphis Soul live from the White House right here. The actual edited show airs on Aprul 16th. The show will use Justin Timberlake as bait for the contemporary audience. But the real reasons to watch are the Stax Records stars who made it onto the lineup including Mavis Staples, Sam Moore, Booker T. Jones– who will sing, which is rare–William Bell, as well as Cyndi Lauper and Queen Latifah. Al Green was supposed to be on the show, but no one could find him. Or they found him and couldn’t get him to do it. Who’s in the room? It only holds 220 people, most of whom are rich PBS donors. I almost went to DC for this, but Michelle Obama’s press office acted so unprofessionally that I decided to stay in New York and have a toast to Rufus Thomas ( his family wasn’t invited) the late great star of Memphis soul music. Personal plug: for more info on Memphis soul, do check my 2003 documentary with DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus called “Only the Strong Survive.” It’s available on and Amazon Instant Video.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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