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Evel doings

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
October 11, 2010

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In recent years, former Globe scribe Leigh Montville has written well-received books about Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Dale Earnhardt, and Manute Bol. His latest, which is nearly done, is a bio of Evel Knievel, the motorcycle daredevil whose stunts included a wildly unsuccessful attempt in 1974 to jump Snake River Canyon. Evel’s is such a great story that Montville has put him to music. Actually, his singer/songwriter friend Kevin Connolly has. On his new CD “North/East,’’ Connolly has a song called “Evel Knievel’’ with lyrics provided by Montville (“He was born in Butte, Montana/ raised on gasoline’’). Connolly debuted the song at Club Passim the other night and Montville was impressed. “Maybe I could be like Bernie Taupin,’’ said the author, referring to Elton John’s lyricist. “Maybe if Bruce [Springsteen] is having a bad day, I could help him.’’ Hmm. Don’t quit your day job.

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