[Dixielandjazz] Re: the lighter side of PC

Robert S. Ringwald robert at ringwald.com
Fri Mar 18 16:58:40 PST 2005

Charles Suhor writes:

> Hey, Listmates--
> I’m fine with the idea that we differ on what’s good to play/not to
> play in our situations. To stretch the imagination, though, here are
> some performances that would have been inappropriate, bordering on
> creepy, if they had happened…
> Pat Boone singing “Strange Fruit”
> Kate Smith doing “Knock Me a Kiss”
> B.B. King, “Hoop-De-Do”
> Arthur Godfrey, “Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam”
> Leadbelly, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”
> Urbie Green, “Ory’s Creole Trombone”
> Nina Simone, “Dixie”
> Pavarotti, “Darktown Strutters Ball"
> …oops, this is where I came in.
> Those are improbable, but consider this list of actual performances…
> Pat Boone recorded Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti”
> Lily Pons sang “Basin Street Blues” on national TV (I still have
> nightmares)
> Perry Como rock-and-roiled, sort of, on “Kokomo”
> Kenny G overdubbed Louis on “Wonderful World” (thousands cheered. Me, I
> puked)
> Jimi Hendrix played “The Star Spangled Banner”
> Nat King Cole sang “Hajji Baba” and “Those Lazy, Crazy Hazy Days of
> Summer”
> Charlie Parker did a boppish “White Christmas”
> Harry Connick, Jr. did “If I only Had a Brain” from “The Wizard of Oz”
> (as a ballad!)
> Al Hirt did “Cotton Candy”
> Elvis did a song in a movie about how nice it is to be flying in an
> airplane with his girl friend and a doggie. I caught this while
> channel-surfing. If anyone know the name of the tune, please keep it a
> secret. “Hound Dog,” it ain’t.
> Actually, I think that Hendrix, Bird, and Connick pulled off their
> outré efforts brilliantly. The rest, to quote Dave Tough, sent me into
> a quiet, moody insanity.
> Charlie Suhor

Bob Ringwald writes:
My daughter Molly adds the following:
I think perhaps we can  add William Shatner singing "Lucy in the Sky
With Diamonds" ( Or come to think of it,  William Shatner singing just
about anything...)


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