Monday, May 27, 2013

Saturday Music Club on Memorial Day: random acts of video: Toshiko Akiyoshi on WHAT'S MY LINE, Twinkle and The Who on the last SHINDIG; 2 war songs

A young, newly emigrated Toshiko Akiyoshi had the unfortunate timing of appearing on the episode of What's My Line? memorializing Fred Allen, who'd passed in the week before taping (and whose last regular gig WML was).
Part 1 of the Fred Allen memorial episode
Part 2
Part 3 (Cyd Charisse as "mystery challenger")

The Dangerous Minds blog, in Richard Metzger's post yesterday, points us toward a video from the last segment of the last episode of Shindig!;  Metzger is highlighting "Twinkle" (as teen Lynn Ripley initially billed herself), and in this segment of the tv program, Twinkle is clearly lip-synching (and the backing track is probably of the most musical interest); the Who are clearly playing live, and Keith Moon threatens to blast the others off the stage (see here for better audio and worse visual of all three of the Who performances from that episode).

A historian on WHYY's Radio Times this week was rather cheerfully nominating "Over There" as the best war song ever, as it was ever so peppy and all...I'll countersuggest that at least these two are among the not actually antiwar songs that I might offer first:

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