Since the David Geffen PBS special last year I've been thinking about the ladies in Geffen's life. Although he gave them expert help and guidance, many of them broke his heart, including Laura Nyro, Cher and apparently he was dismayed by Joni Mitchell's "Free Man in Paris" and how it exposed his private life.
Geffen had better luck mentoring men: Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Warren Zevon, J.D. Souther--all at Asylum. Most of the Geffen label successes were male: John Lennon, Asia, Elton John, Sonic Youth, Aerosmith, XTC, Peter Gabriel, Blink-182, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana and Neil Young.
Linda Ronstadt and Lone Justice being exceptions.
Around the time of the special, a few Cher scholars alerted me to Joni Mitchell songs of the mid 1970s that might have lyrics referencing Cher. This was the time she was living with David Geffen and he was dating Cher.
Check out the lyrics and tell me what you think:
Rob alerted me to this line from "Off Night Backstreet" on the album Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (1977):
Who left her long black hair
in our bathtub drain?
Dishy alerted me to the Joni Mitchell song "Love or Money" from the live album Miles of Aisles (1974). It's lyrics are a bit more vague.
According to the the "Big Yellow Taxi" page, Cher's version (from The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour??) is available on a recording called Live And Loud, Volume II from 2005 although I can't seem to find any information about this album. Has anybody heard of it?