Effie Sings Karaoke

From the beginning of December 2003….






All of these are songs I really love, except for the few that I don’t mention below. I included them because the titles are funny. You can’t get any of these songs at any karaoke bar that I’ve ever been to. Just a few notes: Huggin’ and Chalkin’ by Hoagy Carmichal. Louie Capone taught me Where Do You Worka John? when we were college roommates. He also turned me on to opera.  Abdul Abulbul Amir by Frank Crummit, the Gay Caballero. I can almost play that on my ukelele. The Spaniard that Blighted My Life – We had the record by Crosby and Jolson when I was little. Jolson originally recorded it in 1913. Jolson was the most popular entertainer in the States during the first half of the century. He was the Elvis of his time. If you want to hear a great number by him, Google A Quarter to Nine. It’s a film clip, and it has Ruby Keeler, his wife dancing. What looooonnnng legs she had. Minnie the Mermaid, my cousin Barb used to sing it. My favorite line was “She lost her morals down by the corals”. Gimmie a Pigs Foot by Bessie Smith. She and Louie Armstrong were the biggest and best paid of all the black performers in the first half of the century. Bessie was tragically killed in a car wreck in her prime. G’wan Home Yer Mudders Callin’ by Jimmy Durante, my favorite record when I was a little kid.

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2 Responses to Effie Sings Karaoke

  1. Divad says:

    When I went looking up some of these songs, I found the classic recording of “I’ve never seen a straight banana” by Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians. That got me to reading about Fred Waring, namesake of the Waring Blendor, and owner of the Shawnee Inn, where he invited the newly formed National Cartoonists Society to spend a day in 1948, and they took advantage of him and showed up for the next 25 years. Waring did accumulate a lot of custom work they created for him, and the collection is housed somewhere in PA. So it all comes full circle.

    Speaking of custom work, I got my Piranha Club books yesterday, with ̶b̶e̶a̶u̶t̶i̶f̶u̶l̶ ̶a̶m̶u̶s̶i̶n̶g̶, interesting character sketches in each. I’m now the coolest kid on my block (it’s a small block). Thanks, Buddy!

    • budgra5_wp says:

      Wow! I never knew that! And I was a member for about 20 years. I quit when all the old timers died. There are still some cartoonists there whom I’m very fond of, but the organization has taken a direction that I’m not particularly partial to.

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