Thursday, August 14, 2008

Doo Dah Doo Dah: the Sensational Seventies

It’s coming onto that special time of the year when Jerry Lewis hosts the telethon, and once again we can hear the strains of music made famous by the late, great Al Jolson (Jerry will never forsake of his love of Jolie). I thought Jer’s Jolie-medleys were the height of rarified pop-culture… and then I discovered the clip below. Unfortunately, it cuts off before the medley is finished, but yes, it’s from a Johnny Cash special where Big John wanted to pay tribute to the South. Thus, he and his guests Roy Clark and Funhouse deity Tony Orlando do a selection of songs by Stephen Foster. There is no blackface, but the spirit of minstrelsy lived on quite well in the Seventies variety show and holiday special.

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