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Back to the ’50s

Baseball coach sets down his mitt to sing music of soul man Sam Cooke at Burbank’s new Hampton Inn.

August 22, 2009|By Joyce Rudolph

Boyd has invited Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters, to be special guests for the debut weekend Sept. 3 and 4. She’ll perform hits like “Heaven Must Have Sent You,” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” and with her sister, Anita, they will perform their Pointer Sister favorites “Jump,” “Fire” and “I’m So Excited,” Bonnie Pointer said.

“We’ll let the spirit move us,” she said.

Having the Pointer Sisters and other acts like Ali-Ollie Woodson, former lead vocalist for the Temptations, and Don Black of the Platters, will be a great way to introduce the new hotel to people in Burbank, said Byron Newsome, night auditor at the Hampton Inn.

“I know the people coming to see the show will get something out of it, and not just the entertainment,” Newsome said. “[Boyd] gives me a positive vibe. [The show] is going to bring new people here and will be a positive thing for the entire city of Burbank.”

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Boyd performs 1950s and ’60s music that Newsome’s parents would listen to when he was growing up, he said.

“I’ve heard them all my life,” he said. “I’m more into old school — 1950s and ’60s music. I was born in early ’70s. I’m going to tell my friends about this show. It’s exciting to me. It’s feel good music.”

Boyd is booking comedians and looking for a local magician for the show so it will be more than just music, he said. And on Sept. 5, the show will be a talent night for up-and-coming performers.

“I want it to be a little bit of Hollywood, here in Burbank, so people don’t have to go over the hill,” he said. “I want to take people back to their 20s when they met their wife and girlfriend.”


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