One of Pop Music’s Unsung Heroes Shines in Film Doc at Niagara’s First Ontario Performing Arts Centre

If You Love Classic Rock and R&B Music, Go See: ‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story, Screening at the Performing Arts Centre’s            Film House, Saturday, May 13th at 9:30 p.m.

A Brief One from Doug Draper, publisher, Niagara At Large

Posted May 11th, 2017

Niagara, Ontario – For all of you out there who share the love I have for the creative geniuses who have produced some of the best music recorded over the past 50 or 60 years, I just took a few hours away from the usual madness to enjoy a great film about the genius of Bert Berns and I’m sure you would enjoy it too.

Bert Berns (sometimes know as ‘Bert Russell’ or ‘Russell Byrd’ for songwriting credits) was born in the boroughs of New York City in 1929 and grew up with a serious heart condition doctors told him might take his life before he turned 21. It was a death sentence that drove musical gifts that eventually saw him writing and producing music and launching or furthering the careers of artists like the Isley Brothers, The Drifters, Ben E. King Solomon Burke, Van Morrison and Neil Diamond at Atlantic Records, and finally his own record label, Bang, where he cranked out Top 40 hits like ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Kentucky Woman’ and ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ until his death in 1967.

Ironically, one of the last songs he wrote before his heart finally gave out was “Piece of My Hearts’, which turned out to be an enormous hit for Janis Joplin.

This superb film doc does for the legacy of Bert Berns what the critically claimed, 2014 film documentary ‘Muscle Shoals did for Alabama’s FAME Studios producer Rick Hall and the members of the studios legendary house band known as “The Swampers.”

There is just one more scheduled screening of the film at the First Ontario Performing Art Centre’s Film House in downtown St. Catharines this Saturday, May 13th at 9:30 p.m.

Do your mind a soul a favour, and take this one in.

For a preview, click on the following trailer –

.For more information on the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre’s Film House and dates and times of films screening there, click on – .

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