But P. had to settle for one evening's magic at the Drexelbrook Country Club. There to celebrate his ninth birthday, he found his personal savior, Mr. Clark, sitting two tables away. After some parental prodding, P. marched over to introduce himself, and was granted a smiling audience and an autograph. From that point on, any deprecation of Dick Clark on the school playground was fighting words to young P.

Clark brought much more to the table in the world of rock and roll and popular music (i.e., highlighting black performers which, until then, was tacitly verboten) than a simple autograph, but it's the kind of thing one remembers after all the balls have fallen on Times Square.

Now, here's the Shirelles with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". . . .


With the petite and pouting General Treasurer Gina Raimondo dominating the front pages and evening news, it is time to update the tote board at Casa Diablo. Spurred by Gina's recent offhand — but certainly very carefully planned — remark to a Urinal reporter that she was glad to see Governor Linc carrying on the pension reform work that she had begun, the odds on her challenging Chafee in 2014 have just improved from 10-to-1 to 3-to-1. Remember, you heard it here first.


Last January in Johnston, Stacie DeSantis Dorego was murdered by her boyfriend, who then left their two small children, Lily and Jake, inside in a cloud of smoke.

Johnston firefighters saved Lily and Jake and brought them to Hasbro Children's Hospital. They lost everything. But those same firefighters and a group of loving people in their community are committed to doing what they can for these children.

On Sunday, May 20 from 2 to 9 pm at the Met on Main Street in Pawtucket, the firefighters and friends will hold a fundraiser for Lily and Jake. Music will be provided by Brass Attack, Mark Cutler & Friends, the Met Legends Allstars, Tim Flynn's Area 51, Jamie Lee & the Bobby Fleet Band, the Wippets, Psychedelic Clown Car, and the Nolan Leite Experience (featuring the amazing Nolan, the young, pint-sized guitar whiz). We encourage everyone to support this very worthy cause. For more information, go to lilyandjake.org. Hope to see you there.


Back in the 1970s, tap dancing was alive in Providence — due in large part to the great Brian Jones, whose All Tap Revue was one of those "don't miss" shows. Brian continues to teach and dance and this Sunday, at the Roots Cultural Center on Westminster Street in downtown Providence, you can see the master do his thing in a fabulous tap dancing show that begins at 3 pm.

There will be live music from the Brian Mullaney Trio and special guest tappers, Andrew Nemr from New York and Rocky Mendes from Boston. If you've ever thrilled to old Fred Astaire films or seen the Nicholas Brothers or Bojangles Robinson on YouTube, you'll want to see this unique show.


P&J caught the White House Correspondents dinner on CSPAN last week and we have to hand it to President Obama. The guy is a pro. The nation may be divided on his performance as President (although P&J believe that, given the mess he inherited, he's done a pretty good job), but there should be no doubt that Barry has some other, very special skills.

P&J were born during the Truman Administration and, while Harry could tinkle the keyboard a bit (as could Nixon), we can't imagine him, nor any other President since, being able to croon and deliver a punchline the way that the current occupant of the Oval Office can.

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