Music – 1979 – Loni Anderson + Songs Of The Funnies – Popeye The Sailor Man + Barney Google + Annie

American comics developed out of such magazines as Puck, Judge, and Life….with the success of illustrated humor supplements in the New York World and later the New York American, particularly Outcault’s The Yellow Kid, led to the development of newspaper comic strips….as early Sunday strips were full-page and often in color.   A comic strip or The Funnies are a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display…

Music – 1979 – The Blues Brothers – I Got Everything I Need, Almost + Trying to Get Next To You

The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band, in character, respectively, as lead vocalist ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues. The band was composed of previously well-known musicians….and debuted as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978, episode of Saturday…

Music – 1986 – The Shmenge Brothers – Cabbage Rolls And Coffee – With John Candy + Eugene Levy

The Shmenge Brothers were a fictional polka duo….who along with their band The Happy Wanderers were featured on the SCTV television comedy program in 1982 – 1983. They were played by John Candy as clarinetist Yosh Shmenge and Eugene Levy as accordionist Stan Shmenge. The Shmenge Brothers and their audience are mostly Eastern European expatriates from the fictional country of Leutonia.  John Candy based the characters on Czechoslovakian-born Edmonton-based…

Music – 1978 – The Blues Brothers – Soul Man – Live At The Black Rhino Club

The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live…..when Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band in character respectively, as lead vocalist ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues. The band was composed of previously well-known musicians……and debuted as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978, episode of Saturday…

Music – 1985 – Mary Wells – My Guy + Junior Walker – Shotgun + The Commodores – Brick House

This video excerpt from the 1985 MoTown 25 Year Anniversary Show feature Mary Wells singing My Guy….Junior Walker singing Shotgun….and The Commodores performing Brick House….all of which were # 1 songs for MoTown Records….plus they are introduced by famous Cincinnatti disc jockeys Johnny Fever (Tim Reed) and Venus Fly Trap (Howard Hessman).   Motown in the early 1960s. Along with the…

Comedy – 1983 – On Location With Robt Klein – How Comedians Musical Talent To Enhance Their Comedy

Prop comedy is a comedy genre in which performers use humorous objects and / or conventional objects in humorous ways. The stages and films term “prop“ is an abbreviation of “property”….which refers to any object an actor handles in the course of a performance. Though some form of prop comedy has likely existed as long as there have been comedians….the…

Music – 1965 – Michael Jackson – It Was A Very Good Year

This short video features Michael Jackson at 7 years old singing and impersonating Frank Sinatra….while singing the song “It Was A Very Good Year”….which is a song composed by Ervin Drake in 1961….and originally recorded by Bob Shane with the Kingston Trio.  It was subsequently made famous by Frank Sinatra’s version in D minor….which won the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male in 1966….while Gordon…

Music – 1978 – Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman – Performed By John Belushi

Pretty Woman is a song recorded by Roy Orbison….which was written by Orbison and Bill Dees….and released as a single in August 1964 on Monument Records….which spent three weeks at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100….which the second single by Orbison to top the US charts….and was also Orbison’s third single to top the UK Singles Chart…as the record ultimately sold seven million copies and marked…

Music – 1968 – Professor Ludwig Von Drake – The Blue Danube Snore Along Song

Professor Ludwig Von Drake is one of Walt Disney’s cartoon and comic book characters….who was first introduced on September 24, 1961, as the presenter and singer of “The Spectrum Song” in the cartoon An Adventure in Color….as part of the first episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color on NBC.  Said to be an uncle of Donald Duck, Professor Von Drake is described as a scientist, lecturer, psychologist,…