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Jo Stafford And Guests

I believe “County Fair” and the other songs in the clip were first used in the 1948 film Disney film “So Dear To My Heart” which was slated to be Disney’s first live action feature until distributor RKO convinced Disney that no one would buy a non-animated film from him. This Torme, Stafford, Clooney, and Byrnes version is from a Jo Stafford’s 1961 TV show.

For the kids, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes starred in the 60s TV Series “77 Sunset Strip” as Gerald Lloyd ‘Kookie’ Kookson III and he was a teen dream! Fans of the 1978 movie “Grease” may remember him as Vince Fontaine.

Back in the 60’s I think there was some unwritten law that if you were a popular TV star you also had to record a pop song. Edd was no exception. Here he is with Connie Stevens doing their duet “Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb.” I’m pretty sure no one was ever hip enough to understand these lyrics.

Someone mentioned that popular music has lost its sense of fun. I actually like modern pop music… well okay “like” is a bit strong. Let’s just say I find it inoffensive and pleasant in small doses but I agree, it’s really not fun. “County Fair” and “Kookie’s Comb” would never get air time in this day and age and that’s a real shame. Pop music is made for people younger than me so it could just be my age talking but without a little “Kung Fu Fighting” to break it up, the cookie cutter monotony is terribly grating after a while. So, once again Celine Dion I hope you’re taking notes here because you could single handedly revitalize the music industry. Rick Dees’ “Disco Duck” is ripe for a remake!

Songs of St Louis

Rosemary Clooney began singing with Tony Pastor’s band in 1946 but she rose to prominence with her solo hit “Come On-A My House.” John Benson Brooks wrote “You Came A Long Way From St Louis” in 1948 for Ray McKinley. I think this video is from┬áRosemary’s 1956 variety show.

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There has not been nearly enough Allan Sherman in my life up to this point! This shall change I vow! Between 1962 and 1967 Allan Sherman produced a string of comedy and parody albums and songs, the most famous of which was “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah.” ┬áHe also created the game show “I’ve Got A Secret.” I knew the name Allan Sherman but I don’t know much of his work. I am now instantly in love.

I’m on my way to St Louis to see the show this weekend with a HUGE group of Twitter friends! I’ve secured a ride and I’m sharing a hotel room with a lovely new Twitter friend. The only thing I don’t have is a ticket to the show! It’s a huge arena so I can’t imagine they’ll be sold out. I just hope I don’t have to sit in the nosebleed section. It’s not an especially long trip for me and I don’t expect the French Revolution to break out but you never know so I’ll pack accordingly.

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