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Support Grows for New Hampton Beach Memorial

The record-breaking producer behind Whitney Houston's hits and a Vegas casino COO are urging officials to erect a dedicatory sign on Hampton Beach's M Street.

The multiple Grammy Award-winning producer of some of music's most memorable hits over the past several decades has also joined efforts to dedicate Hampton Beach's M Street after a late woman who lived on the road.

Narada Michael Walden, who produced a record seven-straight No. 1 hits for Whitney Houston, including "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, has written a letter to the Hampton Board of Selectmen in support of singer Brian Evans' efforts to have a "Helen Bousquet Way" memorial sign placed beneath the M Street sign to honor Evans' mother.

Walden joins actor William Shatner and Felix Rappaport, the president and chief operating officer of the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, N.V., in urging selectmen and the "wonderful" people of Hampton to pay tribute to Bousquet, who passed away in October after going in for a routine knee surgery.

"It has been my pleasure knowing Helen Bousquet, and her dedication to her son makes this a very worthy and noble action," wrote Walden in the letter.

Walden produced "At Fenway," a song about Fenway Park written by Evans that has been adapted into a music video co-produced by Bousquet. Evans stars in the music video alongside Shatner, who plays the home plate umpire.

Walden — who has also worked with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Mariah Carey — also is producing Evans' song, "Croonerman." "Croonerman" was written by Bousquet and "nail[s]" the big band genre, according to Evans.

Evans said his mother's ashes were recently placed at sea three miles off Hampton Beach's M Street. A sailboat from Newburyport brought her out for the ceremony, which was held with Evans and close family and friends.

Kevin Lonergan November 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM
While this is a very noble effort to have a street named after his late mother, there were many year round residents of Hampton Beach who loved the beach and did everything they could to make it a better place to live. Just a few who have passed: the "commish" Jim Kennedy, Diana Lamontange, Bobby Cann, Sonny Doherty, Fred Gagne, Arther and Helen Shine and many more. These people are much more deserving to have streets named after them. Havng letters written by "stars" who couldn't find Hampton Beach on a map should have NO bearing on this request. Leave the beach streets named as they are now!!!
Kyle Stucker (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Thanks for your comments, Kevin.
june white November 30, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I couldn't agree more with Mr. Lonergan, let Boston or the Mirage name a street after her. Did she ever live here?
Kyle Stucker (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Yes, June, she did. There are some details about that here: hampton-northhampton.patch.com/articles/singer-looks-to-rename-hampton-beach-nh-street-after-at-fenway-writer-boston-red-sox-william-shatner-brian-evans
Mark Biltz November 30, 2012 at 04:19 PM
His mother lived in Hampton Beach year-round. This is not to name the street after her, but to place a memorial sign beneath the street name. Life is short, we don't all have to put a negative spin on every idea. Some things you just do because it's a good thing. We're all going where she did.
Kyle Stucker (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Brian also just told me his mother lived there year-round, and I am making those changes to the various stories. Thanks.
AP November 30, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I'm with Kevin. So many people who have done so much for this Beach, being famous isn't cause for this. I'm sure she was a wonderful person, but there are many deserving people, this is simply not appropriate in light of others who have passed.
Mark Biltz November 30, 2012 at 04:51 PM
If they are so deserving, then I'm sure they'll make the same efforts that Brian is for his mother. If they are deserving, as his mother is, then tell them to do what Brian is doing. Don't just sit there and do nothing for the people you say are so deserving, and who are we to say who is more, or less, deserving.
AP December 01, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Ummmm. I'm a Hampton Beach resident, tax payer and voter--we're exactly who gets to decide who is deserving of this. As for why I don't promote doing it for someone else? Because as I've posted before, I don't think this should be done for anyone. My point is, however, if it were to be, there's a long line of people who built this beach, grew this beach and made into a place so many like to visit and move to.
Nick Riccio December 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I am a Hampton Beach resident, and I signed the petition today and fully support this measure. If you don't like the concept, then don't sign the petition. As I am also a tax payer - and I'm exactly who gets to decide who deserves this, I fully support it. Given I own most of the properties on M Street, it's a no brainer to me.
Barry Beach December 03, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Gee Nick, another bust on YOUR M St. for heroin. Since you THINK you can re-name YOUR St., perhaps you could call it " Drugstore Place " !!!!!

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