Sharing the Stage: Bobbie Eakes

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Bobbie Eakes and Elliot Easton, November 8, 2013

If you were a fan of the television soaps anytime between 1990 and 2011 you are probably familiar with the beautiful face and dramatic talents of Bobbie Eakes. She played memorable roles on both The Bold and The Beautiful and All My Children, earning several nominations for Daytime Emmy and Soap Opera Digest awards.

As talented as is she is on-screen, she is also an accomplished singer and stage performer. In fact, she moved to California in order to pursue a future in music. Throughout her acting career she made a sprinkling of albums, performed with other artists, and hosted shows on a country music television channel.

Not long after she left All My Children, Bobbie was encouraged to headline her own show by her longtime co-star and fellow vocalist Jeff Trachta, and she jumped back into her first true love: singing.  She played a one-night-only performance at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs on November 8, 2013.

She described the show, called “Turn the Page,” in a 2013 interview with Soaps In-Depth: “It’ll be a big visual and audio retrospective of my musical tastes interwoven with a sort of history and background of me, who I am, where I came from. I’ll talk about the pageants in Georgia, coming to LA… and I can’t ignore the 21 years I spent in soap operas! It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The show also included a special guest: her good friend, Elliot Easton!

Elliot joined Bobbie onstage while she belted out the bluesy classic, “I’m a Woman.” The two clearly had a great time on stage together, and both gave strong, elegant performances. I love this footage! Enjoy it for yourself by clicking the link below.

These days you can find Bobbie acting in the soap opera web series called Tainted Dreams. She lives in Palm Springs, California, where I believe she co-owns a gym and also runs a boutique called Studio BE.

Timeline perspective: This performance took place about 6 months after the CD release of Elliot’s ‘Tiki Gods’ project, and almost a year before the release of The Empty Hearts’ first album.

 

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Elliot said:

elliotparis“Sometimes an engineer will say, ‘Well, can you just brighten it up a bit?’ I’ll wink at my roadie, touch the control panel, and go, ‘How’s that? Any better?’ And he’ll say, ‘Yeah, much better.’ And I haven’t done a damn thing [laughs]. I like to have fun.” — Guitar Player magazine, February 1986

On the “Golden” Screen

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Elliot Easton & Whoopi Goldberg on the set of Disney’s Golden Dreams, 2001

In 2001, The Walt Disney Company opened its Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. Unlike the original Disneyland park, this extension was themed after the history and culture of the state of California, and was intended to appeal to adults. As one of the featured attractions for this new park, Disney created a short documentary to be played in the on-site theater. It ran from opening day, February 8, 2001, until it’s final public screening on September 7, 2008.

Whoopi Goldberg starred in the role of Califia, Queen of California. As the narrator, she walks the audience through the major historical milestones of the growing state, from the presence of the earliest native people to the technological dreams of Steve Jobs. I’ll post a link to the complete 23 minute film below… are you wondering why yet?

Well, get this:

Though he is not listed anywhere in the IMDb credits for the film, I read this little gem in Martin Guitar’s “Sounding Board” newsletter, dated January 2001, describing Elliot’s role in the production.

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How crazy-cool is that? How I would have loved to hear him ‘barrage her with Beatles ballads until she swooned’ — lucky lady! Elliot says of the experience, “Whoopi wasn’t in a great mood that day so I started serenading her with all kinds of folkie stuff, Beatles songs, oldies, whatever. She got into to it, singing all the words and was starting to cheer up. The director saw that I put her in a good mood, so they put me up front all day in a two shot with Whoopi Goldberg! Originally I was just gonna be sitting under a tree, pickin’ guitar. She also proposed to me that day. I politely demurred.”

Oh well, at least we get to see him doing his thing, all hippied out. I have a feeling he enjoyed his little part in this, short though it was. See his clip here:

Click here to watch the full-length Disney film:

Elliot said:

elliotparisCandy-O was nearly effortless for me. We just didn’t have to labor over anything. I had all of the solos planned out for the first album; for this one, I just sort of winged it. I came up with a lot of stuff that I had to go back and figure out afterwards! I think we got a more immediate effect this time out — a punchier record. The guitars are mixed louder, that’s for sure. You can really hear them chunking away. It’s a total rock-out for me. We’re totally breaking out the big guns this time, and it’s going to be great fun for me to play these songs on stage.” — Candy-O press kit, 1979