Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues

Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues

Joel Selvin


Here Comes the Night is either a definitive account of the golden age of rhythm and blues of the early ’60s and the harrowing, eventually tragic tale of songwriter and list manufacturer Bert Berns, whose meteoric occupation was once fueled by means of his pending doom. His middle broken via rheumatic fever as a early life, Berns used to be no longer anticipated to stay to work out 21. even though his identify is little remembered this day, Berns labored along the entire greats of the era—Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler, Burt Bacharach, Phil Spector, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, a person who was once someone in ny rhythm and blues. In seven fast years, he went from no one to the head of the pops—producer of huge r&b classics, songwriter of “Twist and Shout,” “My lady Sloopy,” “Piece of My Heart,” and others.

His fury to prevail led Berns to take advantage of his Mafia institutions to muscle Atlantic documents out in their partnership and intimidate new abilities like Neil Diamond and Van Morrison, whom he had signed to his list label. Berns died at age 38 from a long-expected center assault, simply while he was once seeing his grandest plans and life’s pursuits annoyed and foiled.

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