Thursday, July 23, 2009

Babalou! Desi's famous Number

Babalu aye
Babalu aye
Jungle drums were madly beating,
In the glare of eerie lights;
While the natives kept repeating
Ancient jungle rites.
All at once the dusky warriors began to
Raise their arms to skies above
And a native then stepped forward to chant to his Voodoo Godess of love.

Great Babalu!
I'm so lost and forsaken.
Ah, great Babalu!
Bring back the love you've taken.
You can restore all the dreams that once were mine
If only you'll use some mystic sign.
Ah! Great Babalu!
Bring her back to me.

[Repeated 10 times:]

Babalu a ye!

Do you remember Frank Nelson?

Frank Nelson was a very a familiar friend to us o n the I Love Lucy show, playing a multitude of parts from Freddy Filmore, to a disgruntled waiter and a Hollywood agent to Ralph Ramsey. Whatever part he played we loved his famous voice and the way he played his part with the cast. He also was a regular on the Jack Benny show who was also a friend of Lucy's. We remember him fondly and his wonderful contributions to our favorite show.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Funny Ethel and Fred Quote

Have you ever met a man that did not just LOVE Fred Mertz and think he was hilarious? Well, I haven't. Women think his mean quips at Ethel are horrible, mostly directed at her weight. Poor Ethel wasn't even fat! Anyway, as a salute to the character that most likely spawned the Married With Children character "Al Bundy", I thought I'd put some famous Fred and Ethel retorts here every now and then.

Ethel : Imagine me meeting a Queen face to face, I'm scared!
Fred : You're scared? Think of the Queen!

Ethel : Gee, this high altitude sure gives me an appetite.
Fred : What's your excuse at sea level?

Ethel : If I let my hair go like that you'd never let me hear the end of it.
Fred : Honeybunch, if the rest of you looked like that I wouldn't care if you were bald!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Do You Remember Teensy and Weensy?

You know them as Teensy and Weeny but their real names are Roz & Marilyn Borden, the Borden Twins(no relation to Lizzie!). These lovable girls are well known for their appearance on I Love Lucy in 955, Episode Number 112, entitled "Tennessee Bound," with their now famous song and dance number, "Ricochet Romance". The girls actually recreated this scene at the 50th Anniversary of the Lucy Reunion.
Amazingly, the twins started their show business careers at the young age of three, singing on Uncle Ed's Children's Hour,a radio show that came out of Connecticut that was hosted by Ed Begley, Sr.
The first national TV show was in 1952 with Spike Jones and his band. They became so popular, they also appeared on several Colgate Comedy Hour shows and the Ed Wynn Show, where they first met their idol, Lucille Ball. In the 1950s they began a 7-year association with Jimmy Durante, where they appeared on quite a few of his TV shows and traveling with his nightclub act. In the early 1960s, the twins changed their stage name to "Hotsy and Totsy" -- the and in the 1980s they traveled with Bob Newhart as part of his nightclub act.
As the got older, their popularity actually grew and their TV appearances included Maude, Rhoda, The Ropers, CHIPS, The Phil Silvers Show,and Out of This World.
For me, no matter what else you can say these girls did, I will always remember them as Teensy and Weensy, square dancing and singing with the gang and Ernie Ford. Those were fond memories and the good old days!