Sammy Davis, Jr.
“The Sound of Sammy: From the Candy Man to Plop Plop Fizz Fizz”
1978, Alka-Seltzer/Warner Special Products
Many celebrity product promotion records that I find just are simply an artist’s greatest hits with an advert for the product on the cover. Maybe there’s a company jingle on the record, but its performed by someone else.
Not so here! This forgotten gem features TWO versions of Sammy’s unique version of the “Plop Plop Fizz Fizz” song! One for every taste.
“Plop Plop Fizz Fizz (Big Band version)”
“Plop Plop Fizz Fizz (Rock Version)”
“At the Organ: The Detroit Tigers Superstar Swings with Today’s Hits”
submitted by: Gary H.
What I like about this record is that the guy actually plays on it, unlike many other “sports” records that have the star on the cover but other people’s music within.
McClain’s baseball career was short but eventful. Although he won the Cy Young Award, was named the AL Most Valuable Player, and pitched in the World Series, all in 1968, he suffered from a series of injuries and scandals. From wikipedia:
“Sports Illustrated reported that a foot injury suffered by McLain late in 1967 had been caused by an organized crime figure stomping on it for McLain’s failure to pay off on a bet. McLain missed six starts because of this injury, coming back to pitch and lose the Tigers’ final game of the season against the California Angels, which cost his team the 1967 pennant. McLain’s story of what caused the injury kept changing: on various occasions, he claimed that he had kicked his locker after a particularly disappointing start; fallen asleep watching television, then wrenched his toes against some furniture when he woke up in the dark; kicked some garbage cans being ‘terrorized’ by squirrels; and fallen into a manhole while being chased by a pack of wild dogs.” It goes on from there…
“The Year Without a Santa Claus and Other Stories For Christmas”
Caedmon #TC 1303
“Twas the Night Before Christmas”:
“America, Why I Love Her”
1973, RCA #AFL1-3484
From the Back Cover:
“I know most of you feel the same way I do about our country. Now and then we gripe about some of her imperfections, but sometimes that’s good. Especially if it gets us together to make things better.”
“President Jimmy Carter We Salute You!”
Preview #LP 249
This is one of those “song-poem” vanity records – people would send in a song and pay to have it performed by “professional” musicians and singers. Check out this song, it’s hilarious:
Lino Lakey: “Viva President Carter”:
“Alfred & Humbert”:
Mr. Lamas was the inspiration for Billy Crystal’s SNL skit, “Hernando’s Hideaway”. Fernando is the father of Lorenzo Lamas.
From the Back Cover:
“These days a murder is amusing for the onlookers and the murderer but no one thinks of making things pleasant for the victim. He may be a tiresome bore but he is still rather essential and is entitled to some consideration. Music, I feel, will heighten his appreciation and make his own murder the truly ennobling experience it should be.”
Intro – Side 1:
Intro – Side 2:
“The Voice of Barry Goldwater”
“Morality, Leadership, Civil Rights, and Freedom!”:
Goldwater was the Republican nominee for President in 1964. He lost to LBJ. He died in 1998