If there was one thing George Burns loved to do more then tell jokes and be a comedian – that was to sing
In Hollywood – his singing is legendary – and through his career he cut a few albums – one of them being a country and western album
what I like about this one – is that it is sort of a rip off of The Beatles Seargant Pepper – if you look closely at the album cover you will see Ann-Margret, sinatra, Raquel Welch, Dean Martin, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Marlo Thomas, Kirk Douglas, Danny Thomas, Sandra Dee, Joey Bishop, a couple of Gabors, Walter Mathaeu, Johnny Carson, Bobby Darin, Phyllis Diller, Bill Cosby, Danny Kaye, Jackie Gleason, Debbie Reynolds, Edward G Robinson, Joe E. Lewis, Edie Adams, Nancy Sinatra, Carol Channing, Robert Wagner, Jack Lemmon and some I could not identify
The album was released in 1969 – and the list of songs – oh boy….
I wish I had a record player just to listen to this…..once
Whats the matter Allee – no comment on this piece of kitsch :)
I could swear I commented on this. I don’t let any of the kids out to play without a comment from mama! But yesterday was a nutty day and I can’t say it would be the first time that I write a comment, get distracted and then close the page thinking that I’ve taken all the appropriate actions…
Well, I for one have no desire to hear what I’m sure is a very slooooowwww and gravelly delivery by Mr. Burns. But I do love the assemblage of people that he has hee. The thought of the Ann-Margret, Raquel Welch, Marlo Thomas, Sandra Dee and Nancy Sinatra all together in the same space is enough to induce hyperventilation. Then throw all the rest of them in there and my only hope is that in addition to a superb craft services table there was some swell singing. Though I suspect they were all there for their facial and celebrity qualities and nary a note was uttered.
I do think this album is very rare. It’s a compendium of great songs of the time from the Beatles stuff to “Mr. Bojangles” which I’ve never seen anyone split up before into “Bo Jangles”, “59th St. Bridge Song” which I’ve rarely seen people not to refer to as “Feelin Groovy”, a show tune thrown in, “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, and then something called “Grizzly Bear” and who knows what that is and why they chose to throw an extra ‘e’ in ‘GrizzlEy”. All in all, this is a very unique find.
I still keep a functioning turntable on hand. You never know what treasure is buried in the vinyl.