What Kathie Lee listens to -- Regis's co-host talks about Dolly Parton, the Backstreet Boys, and 'N Sync

By Laura Morgan
Updated June 16, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

”For a person who’s supposed to be perky, I don’t like superficial music,” claims the seriously perky Kathie Lee Gifford. Reege’s soon-to-be-ex-cohost cut her teeth covering Carole King and James Taylor and now appreciates Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan. But new-school hip-hop? ”When Cody starts rapping, I’m like, What the heck is that? But my parents didn’t understand the Beatles, so I guess it’s a generational thing.” So what, besides Born for You, her recent CD of new tunes and Broadway and pop standards, is on her playlist?

JOHN BARRY Somewhere in Time (Soundtrack)
I’m a big fan of soundtracks, and I think he’s an incredible talent. I also love his score to Out of Africa. Unlike pop albums, where you usually like three songs and have to sit through nine others, I can listen to great orchestral albums from start to finish without getting bored.

DOLLY PARTON The Grass Is Blue
Dolly’s one of my favorite people. I’m not a bluegrass freak, but I appreciate the art form. It’s so steeped in history, and I’ve always loved acoustic instrumentation. Combined with Dolly’s voice, it’s a real winner.

I listen to all the teen-pop stuff because of my children and we’ve had a lot of those acts on Live With Regis & Kathie Lee. Sometimes you can tell they’re just one-hit wonders, but other times you really feel like you’re watching history in the making. I love ‘N Sync, though I’m old enough to be their mother. And the Backstreet Boys are the most polite kids ever — any one of them is welcome to marry my daughter.