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June 12, 2012

"California Girls" — Beach Boys x Jack Benny & Bob Hope (1965)

American masters, all.

June 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Thanks, Joe!

Posted by: jim` | Jun 13, 2012 2:41:48 AM

Yes indeed.
I remember going to a Beach Boys concert in 1965 at the old Municipal Auditorium, one of the only places Atlanta had for pop acts (or any acts) back then, and the gang of friends I attended with almost ruined one of their slow tunes when we got the entire second row to chant "chik" every time the drummer hit the hi-hat cymbals. Great fun - we irritated Dennis Wilson!

I love it that Woody Allen said he shamelessly imitated Bob Hope's mannerisms in his early comedies. Hope was a quite accomplished hoofer, too. A great routine with James Cagney (nobody has EVER moved, or used their hands, like Cagney):

Jack Benny was a fine enough violinist to know exactly when to play sharp or flat for maximum comic effect. I love this duet with Giselle Mackenzie:

Posted by: Flautist | Jun 13, 2012 1:29:01 AM

Very entertaining, all done live, sadly can't say that about much entertainment today. They all had the magic back then.

Posted by: friskypainter | Jun 12, 2012 11:49:11 PM

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