The Cult Entertainment Icon Celebrates Spring – and Wayne Powers!
Not unlike Soupy Sales and long before Pee Wee Herman, Floyd Vivino took New Jersey – and later the country – by storm with his cult “Kiddie TV Show” for adults, which ran for an amazing 24 years, spawning a record album and many singles.
THE JAZZ CAT SWINGS, STRUTS & CROONS ABOUT THOSE CATS OF THE FELINE VARIETY
Combing the archives turned up this fun recording done several years ago with some extraordinary talented folks.
Give yourself a “Cheshire grin” and check it out right meow!
TODAY WOULD HAVE BEEN HENRY MANCINI’S 93rd BIRTHDAY.
I can’t let today go by without acknowledging one of my greatest mentors and benefactors, never to be forgotten.
Upon arriving in L.A. back in 1976, I was greatly blessed to work for Henry, eventually administering all his music publishing for a short time before moving on to build my performance career – the original purpose in my relocating to the west coast.
IT’S ALWAYS GREAT TO BE BACK IN THE RECORDING STUDIO… especially when it’s River City Studios, Ltd. in nearby Grand Rapids.Thanks to Roy & Jackie for their usual warm welcome and first-rate professional skills.…and to Bobby at Charles Holloman Productions in Charlotte for producing and co-engineering.That’s the kind of pro team that always helps make my vocal cords hummmm on every project.
TODAY IS HARRY MORGAN’S 102nd BIRTHDAY.
Depending on your age, you’ll probably remember actor Harry Morgan fondly from one or more of his over 100 films – or, on TV, from the original “Dragnet” (1951-1959), “December Bride” (1954-1959), “Pete and Gladys” (1960-1962) or “M*A*S*H” (1972-1983).
Harry also starred in another largely (but unfairly) forgotten TV series. In 1986, I had the great pleasure of guesting on “Blacke’s Magic,” a delightful but short-lived series starring Hal Linden and Harry Morgan – as a magician/sleuth and his father, who served as his assistant in his off-stage adventures.
He was a true original. Don Rickles, also known as “The Merchant of Venom,” was an equal-opportunity rapid-fire insult machine.
But his relentless barbs caused laughter, not tears – except for all those times we laughed so hard that tears came down our cheeks.
ON APRIL FOOL’S DAY…
… it’s good to remember that, at one time or another, we’ve ALL played the fool – some of us more often than others.
Here’s one of my more purposeful and pleasant times as the Fool (type casting?) — in “King Lear” for NYC’s Shrunken Shakespeare Company (SSC), with director Paul Sorvino as Lear and a brilliantly talented cast, a few of whom are pictured here at the Gala, including, Eric Tucker, Anne Bates, Paul, Chukwudi Iwuji, me and Clodagh Bowyer.
Add some “culture” to your life. It’s the perfect day to take a moment and focus on truly artful verse:
“There was a young lady called Harris,
That nothing could ever embarrass;
Till the bath-salts one day
In the tub where she lay
Turned out to be plaster of Paris.”
– Ogden Nash.
(Okay, so it’s a limerick, not poetry in the purist sense. But at least it doesn’t start with, “There once was a girl from Nantucket…”)
Today is the 87th birthday of one of my dear friends and colleagues for many years, Scoey Mitchlll. I wanted to be sure to remember my buddy’s birthday.
During the 1960s and 70s, Scoey was a trailblazer for African Americans in the world of standup comedy, appearing regularly on the Ed Sullivan Show and so many other variety shows and game shows. He also went on to blaze more trails, however, behind the camera as a successful writer / producer / director. Continue reading “Still Scoey After All These Years”
… last night at Rupert’s Brew House, swingin’ hard with some really fine local musicians – all an integral part of the vibrant Kalamazoo music scene!