Maybe they were promoting bad taste?
Jack Webb? Rock Hudson? HOGAN'S HEROES? You're kidding. Right?How 'bout "An Evening With Hugh Downs"? "You're My Girl: Romantic Reflections by Jack Webb"? "Bill Cullen's Minstrel Spectacular"? "Phyllis Diller - Born To Sing"? "Rock Gently: Rock Hudson Sings The Songs of Rod McKuen"? "Hogan's Heroes Sing The Best of World War II"? "And Me, I'm Ed McMahon"? "Allen Ludden Sings His Favorites"? "Chassidisco Fever"? (Disco with a Hassidic Jewish touch...) "Myron Floren's Disco Polka"? Yes, they're "for real," unlike online fakes such as Alan Hale's Roman Orgy...
Even Wink Martindale and Bob Eubanks very early in their careers made musical attempts.Jack Webb? Rock Hudson? HOGAN'S HEROES? You're kidding. Right?
And "Alan Hale's Roman Orgy"... Come on. You've gotta be joking!
All joking aside, musical attempts from game show hosts (like Cullen, McMahon, Ludden, etc.) were commonplace back in the day.
I think this is why they played Slim Whitman to make the Martians' heads explode in MARS ATTACKS!And I thought Slim Whitman was Bad ( I so remember those tv albums they advertised of him) it was pathetically funny in a bad way to me as I was a kid. And I heard many jokes about him ( all of which I quickly forgot ) but that was the late 70s for you
Wink Martindale actually had a #7 Billboard hit with the spoken word "Deck of Cards." And many of the game show hosts used to be radio DJs, like Martindale. Although one can easily say not all of them had musical talent.Even Wink Martindale and Bob Eubanks very early in their careers made musical attempts.
Very true on all counts I do know many of those Game show emcees remained Radio DJs in between their various in between gigs such as Jim Lange who continued in radio until finally retiring in 2005 when his last station KABL in San Francisco was sold to clear channel and then they Closed down the station. I'm not aware of whether he tried a singing career or not ( I don't think so though.)Wink Martindale actually had a #7 Billboard hit with the spoken word "Deck of Cards." And many of the game show hosts used to be radio DJs, like Martindale. Although one can easily say not all of them had musical talent.
I think I remember that interview with Herb, not so long ago. Might've been one he did while in Hawaii.There was an interview with Herb (Hawaii Public Radio, I think) where the interviewer suggested that he cover some metal tunes. Herb just sort of gave him an odd look.
I have to admit that after hearing Hayseed Dixie, every time I hear AC/DC I hear banjos in the background. We played that whole cd at work one day and after the hysterical laughter died down, it kind of works as bluegrass music.
I also hated most "disco" albums by people who weren't "disco" artists. Elton John's Victim of Love and Sergio Mendes' Magic Lady come immediately to mind.
I dunno. Karen's and Lani's albums weren't that bad. I can listen to either KAREN CARPENTER or Lani's DOUBLE OR NOTHING on a whim, and enjoy at least some or most of the material.What about Karen Carpenter's (or Lani's) 1979 albums? The back-lash against disco was mounting by the year 1979, right?
They both could pull off the R&B/funk/dance feel, IMHO...but Ethel Merman, to put it kindly, struggled a little with the concept.I dunno. Karen's and Lani's albums weren't that bad. I can listen to either KAREN CARPENTER or Lani's DOUBLE OR NOTHING on a whim, and enjoy at least some or most of the material.
That's what I heard years ago! Wow, that does bring back memories. I had a cassette copy of a copy of the LP my uncle owned. My cousin and I had half that thing memorized when we were kids.Then there were sound effects. My dad had this record by Wes Harrison. Hadn't heard this in years...