Kathie Lee Gifford
In 1994, I spent a couple of weeks in Manhattan, working as arranger and
keyboard player on Kathie Lee Gifford's "Dreamship" album. It was a lullaby
record and Kathie Lee had lots of musical guests join her on the record,
including Kenny Loggins, Sandy Patti, and Aaron Neville.
I'd get up every morning and as I showered and got dressed, I would have the
"Regis and Kathie Lee" show on TV. Just before the show ended I would head
to the lobby to catch a cab to the studio, getting there in time to power up my
computers and go over the day's work before Kathie Lee arrived. Then she would
come rushing in about 10:45, and we would work on her record until 7:00 pm, when
she would head back to Connecticut to see her kids before they fell asleep. The
next morning she would leave her house by 4:00 am to start the whole routine over
Kathie Lee was one of the friendliest and most sincere people I've worked with. At lunch, she would go out of
her way to involve everyone at the table in the conversation, and even with the busy week, she invited us to her
home for a cook-out.
On our last day, I was joking with her about her unbelievable work schedule. I said, "Well, I guess you'll be glad
to get us out of town. Now you can go home at 11:00 instead of having to come here." She said, "Well, actually,
this was kind of a break. Next week, I have to start filming my Christmas Special!" I know that she's an easy
celebrity to poke fun at, but she was one of the nicest, most genuine people I've ever worked with.