Monday, April 15, 2024

Grammy Weekend Notes from Table 119 at Clive Davis Dinner: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Elvis Costello Meet Judy Collins


Clive Davis pre-Grammy dinner, Saturday Feb 4th, Beverly Hilton ballroom, table 119.  That was the table with iconic legends Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, Judy Collins and Peter Asher where there was much foot traffic as fellow artists, i.e.: Elvis Costello, and music peeps came to pay homage. 

The poignancy of seeing these people sitting in those chairs was not lost on anyone.  Elvis first started with Joni Mitchell, then went over to Judy Collins, whom he told “My love, I’ve always wanted to meet you!”  Judy shouted out “Elvis Costello-I can’t believe it!” 

Judy realized she hadn’t done the carpet and went through the crowd to do it. On her way she ran smack into Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (a talented singer herself) who were both ecstatic to see her. Rita told me, “It’s always been my dream to meet her.  She’s just the best!”   Tom loudly exclaimed, “Judy Collins, come on!”  They showered her with praise.

A heartwarming sight was to see Nancy and Paul Pelosi bopping happy watching Frankie Valli singing “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You.”  Apple’s Tim Cook, and Zane Lowe  at the same table, were doing the same thing,

Sharon Stone was owning the night in her pink outfit with her tutu, charming the whole room, hanging with her longtime buddy and wingman, music supervisor Bonnie Greenberg, Sharon literally sat on the stairs and greeted all who walked by. MSNBC’s Ari Melber and CNN’s Don Lemon, with his fiancé Tim Malone, were particularly charmed by sensational Sharon. Who could not be?

And to top it all off, as Joni was leaving, and Lil Wayne was playing, the great singer songwriter started to dance as she left the room, while an appreciative small crowd cheered her on.

Doesn’t get better than that. 

Thank you Clive Davis! 

Pictured below: Elvis, Judy, Stephen, and Peter Asher.

All pictures c2023 Leah Sydney for Showbiz411

Leah Sydney
Leah Sydney
Leah Sydney writes from Los Angeles for A seasoned journalist with a long history during the halcyon days of the NY Daily News, Leah is a member of the Critics Choice and Rotten Tomatoes.

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