Wow, did this blog ever bring back sweet memories. I grew up with that music. My parents had those albums and they were frequently played in our house.
Now that I think about it, my mom often had them playing while she was cooking too.
Both of my parents are dead now but your blog brought them back to life for me this morning with warm and loving memories of beautiful music and good times.
I still have, away in the attic, Jackie Gleason albums. Not the one you mentioned. I loved that lush music. What a bunch of talents that man had.
Liz, I love those Lizard Lounge hits. Jackie Gleason reminds me so much of my Uncle Gerard with the shiny shark skin suits and shiny shoes. With the cigarette in one hand and a drink in another. I’m going to find my records of Dino and the other Rat Packers.
I loved Jackie Gleason for so many reasons. What a talented man he was but overlooked. I love that music, it brings back so many memories of when I was growing up. Thanks for the walk down memory lane, Elizabeth.
"Melancholy Serenade” was the theme song of the Jackie Gleason show, and that was one of the songs the Great One composed himself.
Yay, lots of Jackie fans on board! Isn’t it unfair that he’s remembered as Ralph when he had so many other personas that fit him better? He really was an interesting person, and so utterly Hollywood at a time when that meant glamour out the wazoo.
I love this kind of music. I will have to check out the CD. (Maybe I will win it in the drawing!)
I drive my boys crazy with my Frank Sinatra CD’s. (Now that I think about it, I drive them crazy with a lot of CD’s - Neil Diamond, REO Speedwagon, Allison Krauss, etc.) I have stopped listening to Neil around them though, because as my oldest son pointed out, Neil sounds like a child molester with his, “Girl, you’ll be a woman soon” lyrics. He also thinks Neil is a pimp because he sings about a different woman in every song. I do realize that my son is just trying to drive ME crazy...LOL.
Your blog reminds me the Percy Faith Orchestra. That’s one my mother used to play.
I adore Dean Martin, but Nat King Cole melts me every time.
Hubby knows just playing anything he sings puts me in the best mood....good “hero writing” music.
“The Girl from Ipanema” is one I love. Many of us are being brought down ‘memory lane’ today by this blog; thanks for the memories!!!
Liz, it’s a good thing you’re giving away a CD because you have been the cause of the most CD buying phase I’ve ever had to lie to the DH about.
What’s your favorite movie soundtrack????? (or if you want to not answer that and save it for a future blog--BIG HINT)
You SO rock, in many more ways than this.
I love this type of music my hubby just got me the rat pack cd for my birthday and I drive my kids made playing Dean Martin Sammy Davis Jnr and Frank Sinatra. Jackie Gleeson was always a favourite of mine.
I loved the Jackie Gleason music.
LOL, Jackie. Isn’t it funny how those lyrics that once sounded so cool can suddenly sound so icky? Yeah, we heard Percy Faith in my house, too. Good stuff. You guys are all making me want to break out the Rat Pack tonight.
Oh, come on, J. You know you love it. As for fave movie soundtracks, I don’t think I could pick just one. Off the top of my head, though, I can tell you I absolutely love the soundtracks for “Streets of Fire,” “Shrek,” “Holes,” and “A Good Year.” And seeing “Wild Hogs” recently, I think I’m gonna have to get that one. It had some great tunes.
And I will make a truly geeky confession. I have a playlist on my iPod called “Movie of My Life” (after a John Wesley Harding song) on which I have put all the songs I’d include on a movie score about my life. I listen to it when I need to feel empowered and glamorous. Heh heh.
I love Jackie Gleason! I’ve always thought that he was incredibly talented. Honeymooners were big in my house growing up, as well as, any repeats we could catch of his variety shows. I knew he was very controlling and wanting to do things right the first time but I had no idea about his musical interests. It makes perfect sense.
He’s right up there with the Rat Pack and their wonderful music. And I’ll tell you something else. I adore Jackie Gleason because he reminds me of my brother. When Ralph Kramden gets that ‘Gee, I feel like a heel’ look on his face and you just want to hug him and tell him it’s okay, you know he’s all bark and no bite. It’s those times he looks exactly like my brother and I get a little choked up thinking about it.
Liz, you’re the greatest!
Wow, did this ever bring back memories! But Liz you’re much too young to remember this stuff.
Cheryl, who wanted to be a June Taylor dancer when she grew up *LOL*