who won I'd like to challenge you with a few
character actor on the left? Can you name
the family friendly television sitcom
for which he is best known?
When was his name Mudd?
I'll have the answers at
the end of this post.
As much as I like the soulful Stylettes, my vote in this contest goes to Nancy Ames and her recording "Friends and Lovers Forever" which shamelessly carries the melody of The McCoys' monster hit "Hang On Sloopy." I love Nancy's recording because it's exciting to me when a "nerd" jumps out of character and gets in touch with his or her inner cool kid. Remember how Hot Lips Houlihan turned cool and became one of the gang in M*A*S*H? Remember Jerry Lewis in his role as The Nutty Professor and how he transformed into the swinging hipster Buddy Love? That's what I'm talkin' 'bout.
Nancy Ames is best known for singing folk
songs and making Spanish language records.
"Friends and Lovers Forever" is a radical
departure for Nancy, totally unexpected
and one-of-a-kind. I couldn't believe
my ears the first time I heard those
sassy backup singers chiming in
near the end of the song, imitating
the shouting finish of the McCoys
single. I laughed and shook my head
in amazement. Now that's the way to
to make a record, folks! So what if
it doesn't stand a snowball's chance
of becoming a hit? Just go for it.
I admire that attitude! Nancy's
nifty novelty number sold poorly
but it's one of my favorite girl group
style records of the 60s. The Stylettes
are great, no doubt about it, but Nancy
took me by surprise and won me over
with "Friends and Lovers Forever,"
the coolest record she ever made.
Nancy Ames to please. She pleased
me a lot with this oddball single
and she gets my vote!
many votes as Nancy Ames.
winners of the latest BOTB!
mine. Anne and I voted for the same artist in all four
of my previous banned battles. Did we extend our
winning streak to five games? NO! All good
things eventually come to an end and our
win streak halted at four when Anne
voted for The Stylettes. It was nice
while it lasted, Anne. At least now
no one can accuse us of being
in cahoots with each other and
rigging the game. :) Maybe we
will match votes again next time.
in the picture above was Sid Melton.
appeared on The Danny Thomas Show in the
role of 'Uncle Charley' Halper, proprietor
of the Copa Club, and Danny's manager.
the signature introductory gag line used by
Sid in the role of Ichabod "Ikky" Mudd
aka "Icky" Mudd, a character used for
comic relief in Captain Midnight,
an action adventure television
series that I watched every
Saturday morning in the mid 50s.
sponsors because he didn't like the taste
of Ovaltine and refused to drink it in public!
of the greatest heroes and role models
for kids of the 20th century.
debate goes on as to whether Reeves' death
was suicide, murder or accidental. Comic
character actor Sid Melton guest starred in
an episode of The Adventures of Superman.
He died September 20, 2015.