Philadelphia – – Joe Frazier was my favorite boxer of all time. Nobody has come even close. He was humble. He did his job to the best of his ability and he appreciated people. I interviewed him once and it was a thrill. Doreen Taylor, had a very close relationship with him and she wrote a song about him called “Unstoppable” from her new album “Happily Ever After”.
Before Taylor sang that song she introduced the Frazier family members who took in the show and were excited to hear the song live for the very first time. Joe’s daughter, Weatta Frazier Collins, was celebrating her 28th wedding anniversary and his son Derek Dennis Frazier was there as well. This was in Philadelphia, it was perfect.
The song was beautiful and I loved the footage of Joe behind her as she sang. Joe’s big win over Muhammad Ali was fun to see again and his amazing left hook was something that I remember very well growing up watching his fights. This was a beautiful interlude of sports and music.
“Performing the tribute was one of the most (if not the most) amazing moments of the whole night,” said Taylor.
That was one moment of many. Taylor has a great rapport with her fans. She was really having a good time and riffing a bit. Before she sang “Shooting Star” there was the theme to the James Bond classic, “Goldfinger”. We all laughed.
Taylor has an old soul. She can sing anything and find songs that work with the theme of her show. She played a classic 1980 cover ”Take Your Time (Do It Right)”. The S.O.S. band made that song famous and she did a fantastic rendition of it.
“I wanted a song that fit with all my original songs I performed that night and something really funky,” Taylor added.
The week before the show Taylor was sick and had laryngitis just two days before the big bash.
“I guess it is proof that if you sing the right music with the right vocal technique, you can perform in any adverse conditions!
The band was fantastic she had some very talented dancers as well. Mike Nelson stole the show a few times playing a mean drums.
The disco ball was fun to see and the balloon drop was a fun moment.
“Heartbeat”, had a great sax intro by Joe Arminio. “You and Me” was another highlight.
Her voice glistened. Her dress was glitzy and every penny went to the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County.
If you get a chance to see her, do it, you won’t be sorry.