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Rudy Vallee

Rudy Vallee has come up a few times this month so I thought it was time to give him a post of his own. Rudy actually started out as a musician. He played clarinet and saxophone but his singing made him the very first mass media pop star. Today’s Gagas and Biebers owe him a debt of gratitude for pioneering the concept.  He started making movies in 1929 to capitalize on his incredible success and he became a fine comedic actor. He also hosted several very popular radio variety shows throughout the 30’s and 40’s. Here he is in 1927 with his first band the Yale Collegians which he formed in college. The song is called “Just Another Memory” but I don’t know much more about it. Google just kept giving me info about Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” for some odd reason…

I had my fair share of crushes on pop idols while I was growing up but my very first crush was that dreamy, sweater-clad Boy From The ‘Hood we all know and love. That’s right, when I was a Beautiful Preschooler I used to dream I’d grow up to be Mrs. “Mr. Rogers” and I know I’m not the only one. I swear Tiger Beat magazine could have cornered the preschool fan girl market if they’d printed a pin-up poster of him. Especially if they’d caught him with his indoor cardigan unzipped! *swoon*

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Robert Morse Succeeds

“How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” first opened on Broadway in 1961. It ran for 1,417 performances and it won 7 Tony Awards including one for Robert Morse who got to reprise his role in the 1967 movie of the same title. I just watched the movie for the first time the other day and it is awesome! The song in this clip is called “Brotherhood Of Man” an it’s performed by Morse, Rudy Vallee, and Ruth Kobart.

Interesting side note: Check out the great homage to this video from The Drew Carey Show.

I’ve never seen it, but I believe Robert Morse is currently working on the show “Mad Men.” Back in 1986 though he was lending his voice to the Saturday morning cartoon show “Pound Puppies.” Ruth Buzzi also lent her voice to the show. I recently started following Ruth on Twitter and just yesterday she sent my a private message to tell me she thought my response to her tweet was funny. What does that have to do with today’s clip? Nothing. But who cares! Ruth Buzzi thinks I’m funny!!

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