Wednesday, January 15, 2020

RFK

I found another full LP to share with you tonight. I skipped right over this one a bunch of times during the season, mostly because I didn't think it was very good, but perhaps you're like me and you want to hear it anyway.  I'm not sure why I don't find it funny. I suspect it's because I'm not super familiar with Bobby Kennedy, since I didn't live through his heyday and he was assassinated before he could finish his run for the White House. I don't think this album was very popular back in it's day, either, probably for that same reason.  Or maybe people just weren't entertained by it. I learned from the back of the sleeve that it was a Broadway show and technically this is the soundtrack to that show.  Maybe it would be funnier in person while watching it. My favorite bit was RFK trying to assemble a bike while listening to the instructions on a record. I'm sure that bit would be funnier if you could see him thrashing around with the bike parts. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.  This is Senator Bobby's Christmas Album (Columbia CS 9576, Stereo, 1967). For more political non-humor, follow this link.

1. Scene 1-The Opening-The Gift List
2. Scene 2-The Christmas Haircut
3. Scene 3-What To Get The Kids
4. Scene 4-Christmas Eve With The Senator
5. Scene 5-The Fitting
6. Scene 6-Trimming The Tree
7. Scene 7-The Staff Office Party (Musical Number: Fame & Fortune)
8. Scene 1-Cooking Christmas Dinner
9. Scene 2-The Christmas Cards
10. Scene 3-The Christmas Night Show

MEGA

10 comments:

Buster said...

Wow, don't think I have ever seen this one, and I did live through the Kennedy era. I thought that Kennedy humor was defunct following the 1963 assassination, but I guess not.

rev.b said...

I'm with Buster, I didn't know this album existed. I'm intrigued. Dang right I'd like a listen, much appreciated.

JustaJeepGuy said...

Chuck McAnn is on this? Hi Guy! (Does anyone besides me remember that line?)

I know he worked with David Frye on his Richard Nixon albums. He was on the Dick Cavett show once (at least) and did a couple bits I thought were really funny, but maybe not everyone would...

Ernie said...

Well, glad you guys are interested. I was excited to find it this year. Previously all I had was a sleeve with no record...

Stubby said...

I lived through the Kennedy era (including the RFK era), I've been aware of the record (and owned it) for ages (in the 70s, copies were as common as dirt and generally sold for less than a buck, even in "normal" record stores) and, trust me, it's just not terribly funny regardless. It's kinda cool that one of these political records was devoted entirely to Christmas humor, but that's about its only saving grace. This was essentially the follow-up to the 45s..."Wild Thing" and "Mellow Yellow"/"White Christmas (3 o'clock Weather Report)"...which WERE funny (and highly successful). And, yes, JustaJeepGuy, I remember "Hi Guy!" But do you remember Chuck McCann's kids show (where, among other things, he'd don a red wig and put blank white circles over his eyes to act out Little Orphan Annie cartoon strips) or his brilliant roles in The Projectionist (1971) and The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (1968)?

Freddie Jaye said...

Hi guy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dTEHm8q1eo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skBoyvsANHE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gBVzTij8nc

Buster said...

Now that Stubby mentions it, I do remember the 45 of Wild Thing. I also remember Chuck McCann.

JustaJeepGuy said...


I never saw Chuck McCann's kids show, but I did see "The Projectionist" once. Funny thing, "Hi Guy!" never sold me any Right Guard. I just laughed at "Mona!" like everyone else.

I remember hearing Chuck on the David Frye albums. He even did "Hi Guy!" to Frye's Richard Nixon on one of them. That reminds me, I would still like to find a copy of "Richard Nixon, Superstar" some time. Holy moly, it's on ebay on a CD! For $69.99?! That's at least 10 times as much as I want it.....

Geoconno said...

I don't see anything on the back of the sleeve that says this was a Broadway show.

Ernie said...

I guess I'm wrong about that. I thought that picture on the back of the actors in front a giant cover slick for the album was a theater sign.