Saturday, April 13, 2024

Hillary Clinton’s Ghost Writer Once Fronted Band as “Lord Rockingham”


As we await the publication of Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” next Tuesday, here’s a little more about her ghostwriter, Ted Widmer. Like Bill Clinton, Widmer has a musical background. He was once part of the stunningly unsuccessful Boston rock band called the Upper Crust. The group actually played gigs and appeared on Conan O’Brien’s NBC show. Widmer was called Dr.Lord Rockingham during his 1995-97 term. (Correction thanks to some sharp readers!)

The group soldiered on without Widmer, putting out CDs and a DVD called “Horse & Buggery.” The premise was that they dressed like 18th century French aristocrats, wore the requisite white wigs, and spoke with English accents. This is our youth! Widmer emailed me: “…that was a lifetime ago — the early 90s. Was fun though.”

Not as much fun, I’m sure, as writing and researching “Hard Choices.”



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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