Friday, January 9, 2009

The Jack Benny Program with guest Audrey Meadows (1958) ) - Footage Offline - 05/23/09

Don Bowman: From Mexico with Laughs Featuring The Tijuana Drum and Bugle Corps (1967)

Don Bowman was an obscure "country comedian" and also a musician who gained some moderate fame thanks to a boost from RCA Vice President Chet Atkins. Bowman had already released four previous LPs of novelty country music, sorta in the tradition of Homer and Jethro. This was his stab at a concept album and, for the first time on a Bowman album, contains a great deal of spoken word, recorded in front of a small live audience featuring members of Nashville's showbiz elite (and a glimpse into the prevalent marijuana use in late sixties Nashville). Bowman was well respected as a straight songwriter around Nashville (and contributed some stuff later for the Waylon & Willie album) and appeared in country music drive-in pictures like Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967). Bowman is still alive and has a myspace page and is currently convalescing from a stroke he suffered last year.

This 1967 comedy record was a take-off on Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, although a lot of the satire doesn't make a lot of sense since that group consisted of white guys doing what was Mexican flavored music as opposed to an actual Mexican band. But this was the old days and making fun of those south of the border was always good for some cheap larfs. The best moments on this record are the songs and the spoofs of the music itself - the rest is what it is. Mildly offensive and not particularly hilarious, but still an interesting and - for nerds like me - often fascinating little obscurity - with a surprising amount of pot humour. 

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Pierre Berton Show with guest Bruce Lee (1971)

I'm reading a book by Knowlton Nash right now, so I'm in the mood for infusing some classic CanCon (that's Canadian Content for our American visitors, which is most of you) into the site today.

Front Page Challenge with mystery guest Malcom X (1965)

Six weeks prior to his death, Malcom X was in Toronto for an appearance on Canada's longest running game show.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Very Funny Side of Pete Barbutti (1966)

Pete Barbutti was/is a really funny guy and like Jack Sheldon and Steve Allen (and in one horrific instance, Eddie Harris) was simultaneously a comedian and jazz musician and great at both. This is a surprisingly hard to find LP.

The George Gobel Show (1954)

Classic Television Showbiz's Late Late Show: Renfrew of the Royal Mounted (1937)

I get a big kick out of the ol' B-movie genre of "Mountiexploitation." This one is especially enjoyable as our singing RCMP officer doesn't just croon about getting his man, but about barbecue sauce as well. Highly entertaining.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mae West: Way Out West (1966)

Mae West started her showbiz comeback was this LP in 1966. Mae was backed up by The Standells, who worked without credit, despite posing on the cover. The LP came with a poster. 

Track Listings:

Treat Him Right
When a Man Loves a Woman
You Turn Me On
Shakin All Over
If You Gotta Go
Lover, Please Don't Fight

Day Tripper
Twist and Shout
Boom Boom
Mae Day

Soupy Sales Anecdote (1993)

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson with guest Lynda Carter (1976)