Music from That Lovin’ Feeling is at the center of Tyrell’s new show, a sort of biographical concert. “I left Houston in 1964, right out of high school,” he says. “This show is the story of this kid going to New York, getting in the middle of this [music scene], and all the people he became friends with.” Those friends read like a who’s who of pop music. Along with former Houstonians Joe Sample and B.J. Thomas, there’s Stevie Wonder, Aaron Neville, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Presley.
Each song in the show has a little something personal about it, a connection between Tyrell and the songwriter or original singer. “You can’t just do a whole bunch of songs; you have to have some reason for doing them.” Along with the title track, there’s “Good Good Lovin’,” “Chapel of Love” and “Rock and Roll Lullaby.” B.J. Thomas, who first made “Lullaby” famous, joins him on the track. “Oh man, that song made me cry because me and B.J. went through so much together back in the day.”
There’s also “Hound Dog,” a nod to Presley, one of Tyrell’s friends. Among Presley’s biggest hits was “Suspicious Minds,” a tune by Mark James that Thomas had recorded on one of his earliest albums. “About a year after that, [James, Thomas and I] all became friends with Elvis and he did it.”
4 p.m. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston. For information, call 800‑821‑1894 or visit thegrand.com. $20 to $100.
Sun., Jan. 11, 4 p.m., 2015