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Reviewed by Margaret Moser, December 4, 2009, Music

We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Showbiz saga

by Paul Shaffer with David Ritz
Flying Dolphin Press, 322 pp., $26

Paul Shaffer loves his life as musician and bandleader to the stars, and why not? As a young Jewish boy growing up in Canada, he devoured the musical lessons heaped on him, joining bands as soon as he could. As an adult he stumbled into a uniquely talented group of entertainers and found his place seamlessly among them. It's a charming read, We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives, with names such as Julia Roberts, Chevy Chase, James Brown, and Britney Spears dropped affably, so affable that he also declines to tattle on otherwise dishable friends such as Phil Spector and Mackenzie Phillips. Instead, Shaffer provides unexpectedly sweet looks at the likes of Gilda Radner and David Letterman. And never again will you read as sweet a billet-doux to a groupie as Shaffer gives the infamous Sweet Connie, who rates a chapter of her own. Shaffer's no dummy in enlisting big bio star co-author David Ritz, who helps the bandleader shape his career from Saturday Night Live to the Late Show With David Letterman. Shaffer's unflagging enthusiasm for music is as contagious as his nice-guy persona is genuine.

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