The 17th annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival will present music legend Russ Regan with the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the festival’s annual Gala taking place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino.
People outside the music business may not know the name Russ Regan, but without him chances are they would never have heard of Elton John, Neil Diamond, Olivia Newton-John, Barry White and many other music legends. The Southern California music scene of the 1960s would have certainly been different if Regan hadn’t convinced a group of young musicians to change their name from the Pendletons to the Beach Boys.
Known as “the man with the golden ear,” Regan began his career at Motown Records promoting artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. In 1970 when a young English performer was dubbed “Regan’s folly” by executives at MCA Records, Regan stuck with Elton John, convinced the singer/songwriter was going to be a star. At Uni Records Regan signed Neil Diamond after five other labels had turned him down. Regan has also supervised the soundtracks for the movies This is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, A Chorus Line and many others. For his many remarkable achievements, the TVIFF is honored to present the Lifetime Achievement in Music to Russ Regan.
Past TVIFF honorees include Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Raquel Welch, Dionne Warwick, Carl Reiner, Mary Steenburgen, Michael Madsen, Shirley Jones, Gena Rowlands, Michael York, Hector Elizondo, Ray Charles, Rita Coolidge, William Shatner, Patty Duke, Billy Preston, Earth, Wind & Fire and Louis Gossett, Jr. Additional honorees have included Directors John Badham, Andy Fickman, Jonathan Lynn and Robert Wise, as well as Producer Lucas Foster and Composers Lalo Schifrin, Christopher Young, John Ottman and John Debney.
For more information including tickets and membership information contact the Temecula Valley International Film & Music festival call (951) 699-5514or visit www.tviff.com.
Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones, no texting, don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Film, see her work on SilentHollywood.com