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Candice Bergen Gives The Queen of Soul Her P-R-O-P-S

Candice: Can't get enough of Aretha.

Candice: Can't get enough of Aretha.

Murphy Brown may be a fictional character, but she and the actor who immortalized her on the CBS sitcom of the same name share an affinity for at least one musical icon.

Chatting on The wOw Effect, her wowOwow Talk show here on BlogTalkRadio, five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen reveals which tune has been putting her in a frisky mood.

“The name of the song that’s been rocking my world, so to speak, lately is Respect, by The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin —who I just Continue reading

Cissy Houston: Whitney’s Doing Wonderful

Cissy Houston assures us that Whitney Houston is A-OK – though has no inkling how the troubled diva’s first album in seven years will fare.

That’s because she hasn’t been privy to her daughter’s comeback project as it takes shape under the direction of legendary producer Clive Davis.

CAPTION: “I’m just chillin’ right now and enjoying my life,” Cissy (above, at last year’s GospelFest) tells us.

“I’m just chillin’ right now and enjoying my life,” Cissy (above, at last year’s GospelFest) tells us.

Interviewed on Timothy Hodge, Cissy – a Grammy-winning gospel singer who has done backup duties for the likes of Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin – hints that Whitney is indeed on the road to a full mend.

“Whitney is fine,” she tells host Timothy Hodge. “She’s doing wonderful.”

“She’s got a new record coming out in September or – I think the single might be released in July,” adds Cissy, 75, of her baby girl, who was reportedly drug-addled in recently years before checking into rehab.

Adding to Whitney’s woes at the time was then-hubby Bobby Brown, who also grappled with substance-abuse issues, and whom the Greatest Love of All singer finally divorced in 2007.

When Timothy asks if she has heard any cuts from Whitney’s new album, Cissy replies, “No. I’m gonna hear it whenever you hear it.”

Timothy also inquires how Cissy injured her ankle in February, when she was seen – hobbling along on a cane – arriving at Clive’s pre- Grammy bash in Beverly Hills to watch Whitney perform.

Before the fall: With Whitney (left) in 1990.

Before the fall: With Whitney (left) in 1990.

Apparently misunderstanding the question, however, she recounts another ankle-breaking mishap, this one inadvertently brought about by collaborator Luther Vandross, who passed away in 2005.

“Years ago, I fell in my elevator at home. I had act- ually come from a session with Luther. I had went in and overdubbed some things that he had asked me to do. And he left me some flowers there,” says Cissy, who, along with Patti LaBelle, CeCe Winans, J. Moss and others, will be featured at the McDonalds GospelFest in Newark, N.J., on June 13.

“And so I’m bringing these flowers home in the car and everything went fine. When I got here I should’ve called my maid.

“But I didn’t. I said, ‘Ah, man, I’ll take’m upstairs myself.’

“And, you know how in the elevator there’s a space between when you stop? My heel went down in that. And I kept walking and my foot went around like that and it was like ahhh!”

To hear Cissy’s full interview, in which she also reflects on working with Elivs and offers her opinion of President Barack Obama, click here.

Amber and Kelly Welcome String Duo Set to Serenade Obama Inauguration-goers

Though they just launched last week, Access New York hosts Amber Lee Ettinger and Kelly Brady are already landing newsmaker guests!

Nuttin’ But Stringz.

Barack to basics: Nuttin’ But Stringz.

Tonight the delicious duo welcome musical duo Nuttin’ But Stringz, who’ll perform with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and John Legend January 19 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. D.C., as part of President-elect Barack Obama’s weeklong inaugur- ation festivities.

NBS is comprised of brothers Damien and Tourie Escobar, both of whom are violinists – and native New Yorkers.

The red-hot act, which fuses jazz, classical, hip-hop and R&B, broke out of the pack this summer by placing No. 3 on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Also on tonight’s edition of ANY, nightlife mavens Amber and Kelly deliver their weekly club report.

This week’s pick?  Southside in Manhattan’s perpetually chic SoHo district.  Doing its nabe justice, the lounge was recently hailed by Time Out New York for being “ritzy” with a “British Colonial look.”

 “I’m definitely going to Washington to party,” Amber (right) told listeners last week. “But not sure yet if I’ll be at Obama’s Inaugural Ball.”

“I’m definitely going to Washington to party,” Obama Girl Amber (right) said on-air last week. “But not sure yet if I’ll be at Obama’s Inaugural Ball!”

The club’s owner, James Willis, will be dropping in to explain, among other things, why he refuses to play top 40 tunes.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out “ANY: DC” – the “director’s cut” of last week’s debut edition of Access New York. You’ll not only catch snippets of the girls on-air, but see them in action as the take off post-show for a night on the town.

First they hit Planet Thailand (“PT212”) for dinner – during which the sushi-loathing Amber tries eel for the first time!

Then it’s off to The Cutting Room (which is co-owned by Chris Noth – aka Sex and the City’s Mr. Big) to see the wicked-cool Aussie band Tamarama.

And finally, the nighthawkstresses stop into Southside to preview the club for this week’s show.

To see “ANY: DC,” click here.

Access New York airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET.  To listen, click here.

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