In the spring of 1933, Walt Disney released what unexpectedly became one of his studio's biggest hits, Three Little Pigs. The short cartoon, and the original song it contained, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, became smash hits. The story of these pigs literally keeping the wolf away from their door and their defiant song connected with … Continue reading Pigs in a Parody.
Seemed to be a recurring theme in the early 1960s. To celebrate the first day of summer, here are two great beach songs on a similar theme. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (1960) by Brian Hyland. A #1 hit in the summer of '60. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICkWjdQuK7Q An even more extreme example by … Continue reading Songs of inadequate swimwear.
Just another thing I ran across recently. Not to be confused with the current program that bears the same name, this was a local program from WCBS in New York City that reran older movies. It had a nice opening with some attractive 1960s graphic design and a catchy opening theme. WCBS's The Late Show opening … Continue reading Clock-watching.
"D-Day" (1944) by Nat King Cole. Released just one month after the event in question. It's surprisingly upbeat for a song about D-Day, but its supposed to be a homefront morale booster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0irlQbonhU
A huge loss to the world of music. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/18/arts/chuck-berry-dead.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0
Day 17: Today we have another, later entry in the "Screen Songs" series, "Boo Boo Theme Song!", originally released on October 3, 1933. By 1933, the series always contained a live action appearance by a popular performer or group, in this case the now-forgotten "Funnyboners". Unfortunately, when the cartoons were reissued for television in the … Continue reading “Boo Boo Theme Song!” (1933)