Two sort of related stories today, that I thought made an interesting combined post.
First, Jenny Sanford, who has recently come out with a memoir, did an interview with Barbara Walters in which she admitted her soon-to-be-ex husband, Gov. Mark Sanford, refused to make a vow of fidelity when they got married.
She says she was young and in love. How about stupid? This should be like the opposite of an annulment. She agreed to marry him even though he didn’t vow fidelity, so she shouldn’t have the right to divorce him.
In other news, on this feast of the patron saint of throats, Barry Manilow and Susan Boyle are appearing together, on the top 10 album sales!! Barry’s The Greatest Love Songs of All Time has debuted at #5, while Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream remains on the charts at #4, after 9 weeks (6 at #1). It was little over 100,000 short of being the top selling album in the US of 2009, and *was* the top selling “physical” album of the year (as opposed to download) in the US, and, most importantly, the top selling album of the year in the world.
In December, TV Guide Channel had the highest rated special in its history with “The Susan Boyle Story.” In the special, Susan sang on stage with her hero, Elaine Paige, OBE, “The First Lady of British Musical Theatre.”
The connection of the two stories is that Paige and Boyle sang Paige’s hit duet “I Know Him So Well” (Originally sung with Barbara Dickson). Ironically, while Susan Boyle is of course known for her more “plain” appearance, she looks very good compared to Paige, very obviously deformed with face lifts and/or botox.
The song, from the musical Chess (music by ABBA; lyrics by Tim Rice), is sung by the mistress and wife of a chess champion. The mistress figures “he needs a little bit more than me / more security,” while the wife muses, “he needs his fantasy and freedom.”
Both figure they should have gotten to know him better before they “fell,” but “now, at least, I know I know him well. . . .”
So, in honor of Jenny Sanford, here are Susan Boyle and Elaine Paige: