A show I remember watching as a kid on Sunday afternoons was Mr. Ed. I didn't really like the show that much - it was pleasant enough but not particularly funny - but there wasn't anything else on! Here's one of the weirdest sitcom episodes ever, where film legend Mae West falls in love with the talking horse. There are some pretty racy double entendres that slipped by the censor.
Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 8:16am
MORE AUDIO GOODIES
"The guy on the go, the guy in the know goes HIS" - HIS jeans that is, fancier than those working class Levis.
The Beach Boys for Coke.
Friday, May 20, 2011 - 8:16am
Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:52am
THIS IS INTERESTING
Here's a limerick by Nipsey Russell you can use for a toast:
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 9:59am
He seemed to make his own rules, he was after all the biggest box office sensation in the world. He wasn't a jerk about throwing his weight around like so many others, he did it in a way that made you feel like part of the fun. This was a happy guy, no doubt about it. He generated excitement that was fueled by everyone in his vicinity falling all over themselves to please him.
I got to meet him for the first time when we finished the two posters for Total Recall, Arnold wandered over to our artist's bullpen (actually it was more of a hornet's nest) to see the printed work. He was short, most film actors are, but bigger than life in terms of his personality, very jovial. When one of us asked if he would sign a poster - you never do that! - he quickly and graciously agreed but questioned where he could sign on such a dark poster with the black Sharpie he kept on hand. I suggested a metallic gel pen, they were brand new then, and he was amazed at how cool the metallic opaque silver gel looked over that dark blue background. He asked where he could get some more like it and I handed him a half dozen pens from the supply closet. He was genuinely grateful ("Can I pay you for these?" Ha ha ha ha ha - you did!) and took a handful of posters back to his office to sign them later for the rest of us that piled on and asked for autographs. Sure enough, a day later, the posters were returned all personalized, and Arnold starting signing his autographs in metalic ink from that point on.
Arnold rode the Hollywood's Hottest wave until 1993 when The Last Action Hero unexpectedly bombed - and boy did it stink up the place. The studio toadies were stunned, flabbergasted, that this formulaic (but lousy) movie could tank with Hollywood's biggest star at the helm. Last Action Hero was one of the marketing campaigns we didn't come up with so the studio came rushing back to us to create the posters and trailers for Schwarzenegger's next shoot-em-up epic, True Lies.
That film did pretty well at the box office, it helped that it was a much better film than Action Hero, but from that point forward Arnold's motion picture career went into a nose dive. I left the business in 1994 but, if you'll recall, it was only after Schwarzenegger confirmed that Terminator 3 was a box office stiff in 2003 that he decided to run for Governor of California. He was obviously still hoping to revive his moribund career and retake his position as Hollywood's number one action star.
So what happened to cause a family man like Arnold to stray in his marriage ten years ago? I'm no shrink, but if I were to guess it could have to do with his fall from grace in Hollywood after being so big for so long. That had to have been addictive. Now that he was a smaller man in town did he need to be a bigger man at home? Wouldn't be the first time; his affair is / was the stuff of Hollywood romance movies, steeped in the town's own salacious history.
I could tell you a silly story about Arnold Schwarzenegger's penis but I'm going to make you click to read it, it's so tacky!
Our virtual paths crossed when I was promoting the TVparty book in 2003 and found myself unexpectedly booked on a number of far right wing radio shows. They saw the work with Ahhhnold on my press release and wanted to talk about what I thought concerning his run for Governor. I found the idea almost too ludicrous to respond to. Republicans traditionally hated Hollywood actors (Reagan excepted) and it just looked to me that Arnold was desperate to be back at the top and saw a roundabout route to get there. Not that I'm judging, that's the game baby.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 9:50am
Anyway, a big chunk of this book concerns the Rat Pack and I was talking with Neil Daniels from the Dean Martin Fan Center about how I felt Sammy Davis, Jr. was the most talented of the bunch and Neil agreed. His was a troubled career, forced to marry a woman he didn't love, unable to be with the one he did love. The racist elements of society that kept plaguing him. Neil brought up the point that Frank & Dean did a lot for race relations by publicly embracing Sammy and that's undoubtedly true.
Sammy had a couple of TV series, one was a primetime variety hour that he couldn't contractually appear on for the first few weeks. No really, he had a contract with ABC that forbade his appearance on another network for so many months so when NBC gave him an hour slot in the first week of January in 1966 Sammy had to wait until February 11th before he could appear on The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. Guest hosts, including Johnny Carson, Sean Connery, Judy Garland and Richard Burton & Liz Taylor on the premiere, kept the timeslot lukewarm until Sammy could take the reins of a show in ratings fee fall. Cancellation came shortly thereafter.
Here's a promo for the third show along with the beginning of the second half of show 2 hosted by Johnny Carson - look for guitarist Tony Mattola.
In this wild segment from The Sammy Davis Jr. Show Sammy gets The Supremes and The Andrews Sisters to switch songs. It almost works!
Sammy's other series of note was a 90 minute weekly talk show called Sammy & Company from 1975-1977, a show that split its time between New York, LA and Las Vegas. Another way the show distinguished itself was in showcasing African-American artists that the other nighttime talkers ignored - like Marlena Shaw and The Chi-Lites. If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing Miss Marlena Show by all means jump over to You Tube (embedding is disabled) and check her out in her prime. More on her later.
Back to Sammy - here's why I think he holds the crown as the greatest male musical entertainer of my lifetime, one of his best numbers - Who Can I Turn To.
Monday, May 16, 2011 - 10:43am
IN LIVING COLOR
This is a 1958 live broadcast of President Eisenhower arriving to the White House where Washington D.C.'s NBC affiliate WRC-TV linked with the network in Burbank CA and demonstrated the latest state of the art color videotape technology - look how fabulous the it looks.
If you don't remember or never experienced color TV broadcasts of the mid-1960s here's the first color episode of Password. 1960's TV tended to be on the bluish side, I'm guessing to make it easier to adapt to black and white for those who didn't have color sets yet. I remember my father endlessly adjusting the knobs on our first color television sets for that perfect flesh tone. It was a losing battle for the most part with all of that blue tint to correct for.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 9:59am
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