Saturday, June 15, 2024

Duets: How Sting and Sam Moore Recorded “None of Us Are Free” After an Unknown Lady Gaga Finished Rehearsal at NYC Club


“None of Us Are Free,” the proper version, with Sam Moore and Sting is included on Sting’s new “Duets” album. It came from Moore’s “Overnight Sensational,” produced by Randy Jackson.

The two singers and Moore’s band fronted by Ivan Bodley also recorded the song live for Charlie Rose’s TV show in December 2006. The video is below.

The recording took place at the Cutting Room in NYC then on West 24th St. Lots of young singer songwriters used to use to the Cutting Room for rehearsals during the day. One of them was there that day, a girl with dark hair who could really play the piano. We met her and waited until she was finished before I watched the taping.

Her name was Stefani Germanotta. About 18 months later I saw her on TV, performing under the name Lady Gaga. I said, she looks very familiar.

True story.

“Duets” is out now.

The Cutting Room is over on East 32nd St. now and waiting to come back to life full speed ahead!

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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