Thursday, April 18, 2024

Billy Porter Drops the Artifice and Shows How He Got a Tony Award With Seriously Soulful “For What It’s Worth”


Billy Porter has camped it up so much the last couple of years that we almost forgot why he won a Tony Award. He’s actually a very talented singer.

Now he’s recorded a cover of Stephen Stills’s Buffalo Springfield classic “For What It’s Worth.” Billy’s dumped the artifice and gotten serious on this one, and it’s a relief. Even Stills gave approval. The song is produced by Zack Arnett (not the football player/coach) for Arnett Music and executive produced by Bill Butler and Carmen Cacciatore for The Butler Music Company Inc.

Let’s hope if Billy performs this somewhere, it’s not in a gold lame dress. This is too good to have distractions.

Actually I did find a video of him performing the song at Cyndi Lauper’s house last December. That version, and then the better studio version, follow:



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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