Sunday, May 26, 2024

Happy Birthday Legendary Record Producer Richard Perry: He Made “You’re So Vain” and “Reunited” The Beatles


Richard Perry turns 75 today out in L.A. Happy Birthday! Perry is regarded as the most successful record producer of the 1970s and 80s, with plenty before and after.

Among Richard’s hit records: nearly all the hits by Carly Simon, Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, and the Pointer Sisters. He revived Rod Stewart’s career with the Songbook albums, produced Barbra Streisand’s only rock hit– “Stoney End,” worked with legends like Fats Domino.

In 1971, it was Richard who organized the Beatles’ “reunion,” bringing John, Paul, and George onto the “Ringo” album– the album with smash hits “Photograph” and “Oh My My.” John Lennon wrote Ringo’s “I’m the Greatest,” which you can hear on Sirius XM’s Beatles channel almost constantly. Richard also persuaded Paul and Linda McCartney to record with Carly Simon and James Taylor. He also got Mick Jagger to do the famous backing vocals on “You’re So Vain,” which was a coup.

Perry has always been one of the most popular guys in Hollywood. He dated Cher and Tina Turner. He and Jane Fonda have been significant others for the last 7 years, living together for most of that time.

Maybe you noticed– Richard and Paul McCartney share the exact same birthday. So this was all meant to be.

Happy birthday, Richard! Here’s to more music– and to maybe seeing your memoir published in the next year. (I’ve read some of it, and it’s a real history of hip rock from that era.)

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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