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…”)
March 12th is the birthday of one of my dear friends and colleagues for many years, Scoey Mitchlll. And I always try 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!
HAPPY 96th BIRTHDAY, Carol Channing, the great star of Broadway, film, television, recordings and even a Super Bowl half-time show!
The last time I saw Carol was quite a few years ago. I was performing at Vine St. Bar & Grill, a then-famous Hollywood jazz show room. We followed Anita O’Day, who loved our music and invited me to come see her perform the next night in Beverly Hills. Continue reading ““Hello Dolly” – An Evening with Carol Channing”
… Quite a while ago, I was interviewed by author/broadcaster Bob O’Brien (Bob Leszczak) about my experiences doing two short-lived TV series on NBC back in the 1980’s, (“Me & Mrs. C” and “13 East”).
Bob was very knowledgeable about the shows and we had a delightful chat – but that was, as I said, quite a while ago and I had completely forgotten about it.
Well, Bob’s latest book is now out and “Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980’s – A Complete Guide” is just as advertised and more – an amazingly complete guide to a wide array of comedy shows no longer forgotten and I’m very pleased to be a very small part of this impressive work. Continue reading “BY THE BOOK…”