Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, November 27, 2014

UNDERAPPRECIATED MUSIC: CLARK KESSINGER, COUNTRY FIDDLER

My college friend Chris could be moody.  Usually when that happened he would write poetry; sometimes -- not often -- he would rip urinals of the walls in men's rooms in various bars, then he would go back to the bar and drinking flaming shots while glaring at everyone there.  Needless to say, his coping skills needed some work.

My coping skills, however, were finely honed.  When I was in a bad mood (which was not often) I would put my copy of Clark Kessinger, Country Fiddler on the record player and turn the volume way, way up.  Thus, everyone in my dormitory could share my misery.  This is not to say that Kessinger's music is painful; it isn't.  Kessinger was a world-class fiddler and a large influence on old time music.  But "Turkey in the Straw" played full blast at 3:00 am is not everyone's cup of tea.

Judge for yourselves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU6x2HSdfws

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCCygnR9y5c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax5gWWc8g0s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJxG1LVWJqo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U4bamxLIQM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET1QegyEcHg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqrnHlb2P2I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SwInLwtNZY

A CORNICOPIA OF THANKSGING

There's a lot to be thankful for this year:  family, friends, health...all the usuals.  We have a lot of problems but they still can be solved, says my very optimistic self.

After the meal, after the football games, why not settle down to some old-time radio?

Here is one hundred OTR Thanksgiving specials to choose from, with my sincere wishes for a pleasant and meaningful holiday:

https://archive.org/details/100OtrThanksgivingHolidayShows

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SEALED WITH A KISS

Brian Hyland.  I probably had this television on back in 1962.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIkUiD8N81k

BAD JOKE WEDNESDAY

So this photon goes to the big city to attend a convention.  When he registers at his hotel they ask, "Do you have any bags to check?"  "No," he says, "I'm traveling light."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE LITTLE WHITE CLOUD THAT CRIED

Johnny Ray made a career from tears.  Here he is with the Four Lads with the flip side of 1951's "Cry," one of the few examples of double-sided hit songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPxDmYyRza0

OVERLOOKED TELEVISION: JACKPOT BOWLING

Here's an odd one -- a short-lived bowling show hosted by Milton Berle!  Yep, professional bowlers square off and Berle offers some time-worn jokes.  PLUS, each week, Berle welcomed a special guest who had little or nothing with bowling.

This reincarnation of Jackpot Bowling ran from September 19, 1960 to March 13, 1961 on the NBC network.  An earlier incarnation ran on NBC from January 9, 1959 to June 24, 1961 with a revolving door of hosts:  Leo Durocher (for only two episodes), sports broadcaster Mel Allen through April 3, 1959, former basketball player Bud Palmer from April 10 to October 1959, then Mel Allen again through April when Bud Palmer returned for the last few shows.

On January 23, 1961, Berle's special guests were The Ritz Brothers.  Harry Ritz bowled himself down the lane and got a strike.  (I hadn't realized they were still around in 1961, but evidently the act lasted through the late 1960s although brother Al passed away in 1965.)

https://archive.org/details/jackpotbowling23January1961

Monday, November 24, 2014

YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME

Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur.  These two bring me back to great memories at Club 47 in Harvard Square.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oHeREE2kwc