Yes, that is Spock in the headphones. The year was 1979. These are some of my LPs, themed compilations, and the like.




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Monday, April 17, 2017

Parlor Piano (Joe “Fingers” Carr)

This 1956 album, like other work from Joe “Fingers” Carr, is a lot of fun.

His real name was Lou Busch, and he did more than produce knuckledusters at an alarming rate.  He was also a producer and A&R man.  His musical career was interrupted by a stint in the US Army during WWII.

His song “Rollercoaster,” co-composed with Milton DeLugg, was used as the closing credits for What’s My Line?, 1950-1967.  He was the producer behind comic Allen Sherman’s hit comedy albums, including the single “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.”

Another appreciation page for Joe/Lou is Space Age Pop. 

Here are the tracks from this album:

Parlor Piano

(Capitol T698 - Released 1956 - All selections performed by Lou Busch as Joe “Fingers” Carr)

1. Moonlight Bay (Percy Wenrich/Edward

         Madden - 1912)

2. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Albert

         Von Tilzer/Jack Norworth - 1908)

3. That Old Gang of Mine (Ray

         Henderson/Mort Dixon/Billy Rose -


4. Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Leo

         Friedman/Beth Slater Whitson - 1910)

5. Smiles (J. Will Callahan/Lee S. Roberts -


6. My Wild Irish Rose (Chauncey Olcott -


7. The Gang That Sang “Heart of my

Heart” (Ben Ryan - 1926)

8. By the Light of the Silvery Moon

(Gus Edwards/Edward Madden - 1909)

9. I Love You Truly (Carrie Jacobs-Bond -


10. Moonlight and Roses (Ben Black/Neil

Moret - 1925)

11. There’s a Long, Long Trail (Alonzo

Elliot/Stoddard King - 1911)

12. Three O’Clock in the Morning

(Dorothy Terriss/Julian Robledo - 1922)

13. Shine On Harvest Moon (Nora Bayes/

Jack Norworth - 1911)

14. Home Sweet Home (John Howard

Payne - 1823)

See you next Monday!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mel Brooks’ Greatest Hits: The Music of John Morris

Here’s a great album of film music by John Morris, for some great movies.

As you can tell by the cover, the release of High Anxiety in 1977 was the reason (or excuse, or prompting, etc) for this record’s existence.  Side One was music from that film, and all the other selections, on Side Two of the LP, were from other Brooks movies.

If I remember correctly, Side One clocked in at around 14 minutes, while the music on Side Two was closer to 30 minutes!

High Anxiety
1   Main Title  3:01 
2   High Anxiety  2:32 
3   Anxious Theme  2:55 
4   If You Love Me Baby, Tell Me Loud  1:33 
5   End Title  2:38 

The Producers
6   Springtime For Hitler  3:24 
7   Prisoners Of Love  2:25 

The Twelve Chairs
8   Hope For The Best, Expect The Worst  2:38 
9   Vorobyaninov’s Theme (The Walk Through Russia)  3:15 

Blazing Saddles
10   Blazing Saddles  2:20 
11   The French Mistake  0:31 
12   I’m Tired  4:36 

Young Frankenstein
13   Main Title  2:54 
14   Puttin’ On The Ritz  3:34 
Silent Movie
15   Burt Reynold’s House  2:16 
16   Silent Movie March  2:58 

Also included are the LP liner notes, retyped because the original LP scan was hard to read.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

King Size King (re-post)

Now, here’s some fun for April, or any time!

Oklahoma City’s KOKH-Fox 25 had a Fox Kids Club block on weekday afternoons in the 1990s.  The host was a big ol’ guy named Mark Barragar; his character was “Ranger Roger.”

Mark was also a Star Trek fan, appearing more than once at local conventions in full Klingon garb.  That’s the venue in which I met him.  We had many fond discussions of old monster movies and pop culture in general.

As another of his many pursuits, Mark was an Elvis tribute artist!

In the 2000s, Joyce and I saw him perform as the King several times, once at Moore’s Yellow Rose Theatre, where we bought this CD.

1) 2001 / That's Alright Mama
2)  Hound Dog
3)  Treat Me Nice
4)  Love Me
5)  Follow That Dream
6)  Viva Las Vegas
7)  In the Ghetto
8)  Wonder of You
9)  American Trilogy
10)  I Can't Stop Loving You

You can find a few more tributes here:

See you next Monday!