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Tony Bennett and Andy Williams Misplace Vital Organs

This is from the March 1, 1965 episode of “The Andy Williams Show.” Count Basie, Roger Miller, and the Osmonds were also on this show. I wish someone would stream the full episode online so I could watch it because that sounds awesome! I’d also like to know what Andy puts in his pocket at the beginning of the segment.

Meeting internet friends and seeing shows are the best catalysts ever for the Gypsy in my soul! My very first online friend meet-up was last September in Chicago and I’ve been traipsing around the Midwest ever since. Next month I’m even going  to Atlanta GA, a city I’ve wanted to visit for years to attend Dragon*Con, my first nerd based convention, which is also something I’ve wanted to do for years. I’ve been having the time of my life this past year and it’s all because of the internet and some projects developed by the stars of a TV show that I liked several decades ago. The stars of other shows I used to like better step up their game if they expect to retain my slavish devotion! I’m looking at you Kids From Fame!

Jay and Kai Quintet and My Dynamite Brush With Fame

James “JJ” Johnson and Kai Winding formed the Jay and Kai Quintet in 1954 at the request of producer Ozzie Cadena. Their musical styles blended very well and the group enjoyed great commercial success. They recorded several albums and toured the US and Europe. Even though the two men had very different personalities, they got a long well. The group parted ways in 1956 after both men felt they had explored their
musical partnership to its fullest. They reunited several times and remained friends until Winding’s death in 1983. Johnson died in 2001.

I only found one video of the pair on You Tube. It’s from a 1982 Japanese jazz festival. The song is “It’s Alright With Me.”

Anyone who glanced at my small but proud dating portfolio would probably come to the conclusion that my taste in men is pretty eclectic. I must admit though that even I never really understood the heartthrob appeal of Jimmy JJ Walker in the mid 70’s. Every girl I knew had a crush on him. I met him once at the airport in 1977. He shook my hand and thanked me for watching “Good Times.” I always thought the encounter was rather wasted on me. But retelling it did make me the most popular girl in my 5th grade class for weeks!

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