Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Can't help it, the girl can't help it

Among the many, many hits for which she was responsible are Groovy Kind of Love, Everything Old Is New Again, That's What Friends Are For, Nobody Does It Better (the theme from the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me), I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love, Best That You Can Do (the theme from Arthur), Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald's On My Own, Leo Sayer's When I Need You, and the emotional rollercoaster that is Don't Cry Out Loud, a hit for Elkie Brooks, Melissa Manchester, and... "Kylie" and "Simon" in one of my favourite telly programmes of all time, Beautiful People!

She worked with and wrote for a host of mega-stars including Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Neil Diamond, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand and Dusty Springfield. She married Burt Bacharach and Marvin Hamlisch, and counted among her friends Miss Midler, Michael Jackson, Peter Allen, David Geffen and Elizabeth Taylor [from whom I think she inherited that wig].

The sublimely-talented Miss Carol Bayer Sager celebrates her seventieth birthday today!

And what more appropriate way to wish the lady many happy returns (on this, International Women's Day) than with her biggest (in fact, her only) solo song..?

So pack your toys away
Your pretty boys away
Your 45's away
Your alibis away
Your Spanish flies away
Your one-more-tries away
Your old tie-dyes away
You're moving out today

Pack up your dirty looks
Your songs that have no hooks
Your stacks of Modern Screen
Your portrait of the Queen
Your mangy cat away
Your baby fat away
You're headed that-away
You're moving out today

Carole Bayer Sager (born 8th March 1947)


  1. i sat & watched her live Facebook thingy a while back when her book was released. i have complete intentions of reading it, i'm just gonna wait until i can get it second hand. it's what i do. actually, i'll go look right now!

    1. She certainly appears to have exposed Mr Bacharach as a bit of a bastard... Jx

  2. just bought it. 5 bucks is my kind of price.

    1. My kind of shopping, too! Unless it's at an actual book signing/Polari event, I tend to only buy books from charity shops these days. Jx


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