“Coming Through the Rye” Like You’ve Never Heard It!
Today is the birthday of the Scottish national poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). Despite the fact that he is the poet of My People, I’ve only dabbled in him; frankly I’ve found it too tedious to wade through that phonetic Scottish dialect he writes in.
I was hoping to post Gloria Jean singing his most famous lyric “Coming Through the Rye” from W.C. Fields’ Never Give a Suck an Even Break, but I couldn’t find it online. The fates have instead decreed that I share this even weirder item: John Denver and Karen Carpenter singing a mash-up of that song and the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations”, all against a backdrop of mid 70s’ quilt kitsch. This perplexing video raises so many questions it makes my brain itchy. If it does the same for you, folks, just do what I do: just let go. Just let go.
To find out more about the variety arts (including tv variety), consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.
And don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc
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