Monday, June 24, 2024

Paul Simon’s Sudden Exit from Jimmy Kimmel Gives Break to Rapper, Sampler Action Bronson (Watch)


Action Bronson got a big break last night on national TV.

The rapper who is similar to DJ Khaled got to perform on “Jimmy Kimmel, Live from Brooklyn” at the last minute because legendary singer songwriter Paul Simon cancelled at the last minute. Simon was supposed to perform and be interviewed. His appearance was heavily promoted. But for unclear reasons he ditched the show. No mention was made of the change. If Simon is ill (presumably) let’s hope he get better fast.

Bronson performed his hit called “Jaguar.” You’ll notice an amazing background vocal by a Black woman. Bronson samples the late great Loleatta Holloway from her record, “I Can’t Help Myself,” released in 1975. Holloway died in 2011 at age 64. Who knows if she — her estate — got paid for this sample?

There’s an odd note about “I Can’t Help Myself.” It’s a total rip off of Barbara Acklin’s “Am I the Same Girl,” which was written by the Chi Lites’ Eugene Record. It’s the same song, just a few years later. I don’t know why Gene Record let this happen, or if he was just ripped off himself! It doesn’t change the quality of Holloway’s magnificent voice, but it just shows how artists are pillaged all the time.
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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