Tuesday, January 19, 2021

62-Hey Norton

Another slightly out-of-the-ordinary share today, and maybe something special. Versions of the story of the Nativity are about a dime a dozen on old 78s. And the collection at The Internet Archive is full of them. I shied away from downloading and sharing most of them, though I think one or two have snuck in this season. But before I passed by this one, I noticed a familiar name on the cover.  Take a close look, see anyone you recognize?  How about Art Carney? You know, the guy who played Santa Claus in that episode of The Twilight Zone. He also showed up in The Star Wars Holiday Special, among other notable roles. He even released a Christmas single back in the day, rapping 'Twas The Night Before Christmas on one side with Santa And The Doodle-Li-Boop on the flip. And here is another holiday credit for the guy. I can't quite pick out his voice from the other actors, but maybe you'll have better luck than me.  If you can spot him, let me know.  This is The Story Of The Nativity-Narrated By Walter Hampden.



Jim said...

I believe he plays one of the Three Kings; the voice reflects a very youthful-sounding Carney, devoid of his Ed Norton inflections.

Ernie said...

Thanks for listening. He would have been 29 when this was recorded, so pretty young. The Honeymooners was still a few years in the future.

Ernie said...

Bonus Honeymooners content at the Archive!