Woody Allen once said he wanted to come back to life as “Warren Beatty’s fingers.” Well, I want to come back as celebrity biographer Mark Bego. His exploits, chronicled in his new memoir “Paperback Writer” (Publish America), are nothing short of memorable.
Bego, who’s written more than 50 books on music stars like Michael Jackson and other celebrities, has, at times, gotten “this close” to his subjects and their dual exploits are salaciously good events.
There was the time he met Mary Wilson of the fabled girl group The Supremes in midtown Manhattan with record producer Jellybean and a new song, something called “Holiday.”
They played it for Wilson who liked it, but felt the line “Holiday” was sung way too much, so she passed on it.
Needless to say, it became a No. 1 pop song for Madonna (who?) and launched the Material Girl’s worldwide career. I guess success is in the eye of the beholder … and, everyone isn’t always right all the time, right?
Bego’s recent exploits with Wilson, again, in Monaco, with Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones and Prince Albert II also bear repeated readings.
From Michigan (as is Madonna) he started his career in journalism quite by accident; he went from writing scads of freelance stories for such publications as music industry bible Billboard and edited the venerable Modern Screen magazine.
His subjects included the likes of Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna, Micky Dolenz, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Alan Jackson, Jackson Brown, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Billy Joel, and more.
Bego’s last book on John came out in several versions worldwide and he is now involved in a possible screen adaptation of one of his books.
Though he has mentioned Lady GaGa, Adam Lambert and Leon Russell (who is working with John right now) as possible upcoming works, it’ll be interesting to see what catches his fancy.
Bego has proved time and time again an uncanny knack for predicting who will be the next worldwide success, and I’d rate his success as very, very good. A fun read.
For more on Mark, check out MarkBego on the web.