January 20, 2019

When Ozzy Osborn went bats

On this day, in 1982, during an Ozzy Osborn concert in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw a bat onto the stage. The bat lay motionless, and thinking it was a rubber fake, Osborn picked it up and attempted to bite its head off. As he did this, the bat started to flap its wings and he realized it wasn't fake but in fact a living thing.    
When the performance was over Osborn was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots.
Styrous® ~ Sunday, January 20, 2019    

January 18, 2019

Beemer memory 25: Hangin' out at the Hungry i

I was rummaging through a dusty box of photographs and came across a bunch of old photos I'd forgotten from my biker days. At the time I was dancing with Pillow (links below) in the late 70's at the Hungry i on Broadway in North Beach. One is the only photo I have that was shot while performing the "Love Act" with her. Two are by photographer, Daniel Nicoletta (link below), one of Ben (link below) with R2-D2 and one was taken while back stage by Pillow herself.   

"Love Act" at the Hungry i - 1977 
photo by Charlie

photo by Daniel Nicoletta

with Iris, front, Pillow, right
photo by Daniel Nicoletta

The theme of one of the "sets" Pillow and I had for our "Love Act" was based on the Star Wars film. She was Princess Leia (buns 'n all) and I was Darth Vader (breathing heavily). Ben made his version of R2-D2 for the act with flashing lights and it moved around. The robot would be on stage as we performed the set and in the dim light it was effective.      

Bernard E. Simonson with "R2-D2
(forgive the white suit, tie and vest, it WAS disco era 70's)

with Dana
photo by Pillow
Viewfinder links:      
Pillow (She-Beast)     
Pillow (She-Beast) & The Hungry i             
Leatherneck, Pillow, a Hungry i            
Bernard E. Simonson, Jr.       
Net links:      
Bay Area Reporter ~ Daniel Nicoletta      
Souvenirs of great times!
Styrous® ~ Thursday, May 17, 2018    


INXS articles/mentions


INXS ~ Never Tear Us Apart lyrics   

INXS - 1991    
date & photographer unknown


Michael Hutchence articles/mentions


INXS ~ Never Tear Us Apart lyrics   


date & photographer unknown


INXS ~ Never Tear Us Apart lyrics

Never Tear Us Apart

Don't ask me
What you know is true
Don't have to tell you
I love your precious heart

I was standing
You were there
Two worlds collided
And they could never tear us apart

We could live
For a thousand years
But if I hurt you
I'd make wine from your tears

I told you
That we could fly
'Cause we all have wings
But some of us don't know why

I was standing
You were there
Two worlds collided
And they could never ever tear us apart

(Don't ask me)
I was standing
(You know it's true)
You were there
(Worlds collided)
Two worlds collided
(We're shining through)
And they could never tear us apart

(Don't ask me)
You were standing
(You know it's true)
I was there
(Worlds collided)
Two worlds collided
(We're shining through)
And they could never tear us apart

I was standing
You were there
Two worlds collided

Viewfinder links:      
Song lyrics        
Styrous® ~ Friday, January 18, 2019      

January 16, 2019

20,000 vinyl LPs 165: Ford 50th Anniversary Television Show

10" vinyl LP
album cover photographer unknown 
photo of album by Styrous®

This is a recording of the 1953 television special celebrating the Ford Motor Company's 50th anniversary which brought together two of the greatest leading ladies Broadway has ever known Ethyl Merman (link below) and Mary Martin (link below). The highlight of the program is Merman and Martin's 13-minute duet medley, where they sing the songs that made them famous. Martin performs a brilliantly comic routine about changes in fashion over the first half of the 20th century; it was staged by director Jerome Robbins (link below).           

10" vinyl LP detail
album cover photographer unknown 
detail photo of album by Styrous®

The TV Special was broadcast on June 15, 1953, and featured a stunning array of music and movie talent: Marian Anderson, Wally Cox (Mr. Peepers), Bing Crosby, Eddie Fisher, Oscar Hammerstein II, Anna Held, Edward R. Murrow, Frank Sinatra, Lowell Thomas, Rudy Vallee, and many other stars!      

10" vinyl LP detail
detail photo of album by Styrous®

The recording is listed in the United States Library of Congress (link below) as an historical recording in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia as part of the Show Music on Record category. The original film was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on May 3 & 4 of 1963 (link below).     

10" vinyl LP detail
album cover photographer unknown 
detail photo of album by Styrous®

Merman sings “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Mademoiselle from Armetières” and Martin & Merman perform a Vaudeville Pantomime, “ Your Folks and My Folks” by (Fields, Hall; Carlin America) which was recorded in 1925 by Billy Jones and Ernest Hare (“The Happiness Boys”).      

Together, Martin & Merman perform a medley:  

1. There’s No Business Like Show Business (Berlin)
2. A Wonderful Guy (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
3. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Edwards, Madden)
4. Wait ‘Till the Sun Shines Nellie (Sterling, Von Tilzer)
5. I’m the Sheik of Araby (Smith, Snyder, Wheeler)
6. When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along (Woods)
7. Melancholy Baby (Burnett, Norton)
8. You Made Me Love You (McCarthy, Monaco)
9. Mississippi Mud (Barris, Cavanaugh)
10. I Cried For You (Arnheim, Freed, Lyman)
11. I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (Kenbrovin, Kellette)
12. I’m Always Chasing Rainbows (Mc Carthy, Carroll)
13. I’m in the Mood for Love (Fields, McHugh)
14. I Love a Parade (Arlen, Kohler)
15. I’d Climb the Highest Mountain (Clare, Brown)
16. I’m Sitting on Top of the World (Henderson, Lewis, Young)
17. I Got a Feeling You’re Fooling (Brown)
18. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Fields, McHugh)
19. I’ll Get By (Turk, Ahlert)
20. You’re Just in Love (Berlin)
21. I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
22. I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter)
23. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Porter)
24. My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Porter)
25. I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)
26. Indian Love Call (Friml)
27. Tea For Two (Caesar, Youmans)
28. Stormy Weather (Arlen, Koehler)
29. Isn’t it Romantic? (Rodgers & Hart)
30. I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)
31. There’s No Business Like Show Business     

10" vinyl LP label, side 2
photo by Styrous®     

Side 1:

A – Ethel Merman And Mary Martin - The Actual Recording Of The Duet From The Ford 50th Anniversary Television Show, Conductor, Arranged By [Orchestra] – Jay Blackton, Producer – Leland Hayward, Stage Manager [Staged By] – Jerome Robbins

Side 2:
B1 – Mary Martin - Mountain High, Valley Low, Directed By [Orchestra] – Raymond Scott, written by Bernard Hanighen*, Raymond Scott
B2 – Ethel Merman - Eadie Was A Lady, Directed By [Orchestra] – Jay Blackton, written by B. G. De Sylva, R. Whiting, written by Herb B. Nacio*
B3 – Mary Martin - I’ll Walk Alone, Directed By [Orchestra] – Camarata*, written by Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn

A - Recorded During Telecast

Ethel Merman And Mary Martin ‎– The Actual Recording Of The Duet From The Ford 50th Anniversary Television Show
Label: Decca ‎– DL 7027
Format: Vinyl, 10", LP
Country: US
Released: 1953
Genre: Pop, Stage & Screen
Style: Music Hall, Soundtrack, Vocal

Viewfinder links:
Bing Crosby            
Mary Martin     
Ethel Merman       
Jerome Robbins     
Raymond Scott     
Frank Sinatra          
Net links:
MOMA screening       
YouTube links:              
Ford 50th Anniversary Television Show  
     Mary Martin & Ethel Merman Medley (11 min., 30 sec.)   
     Mary Martin & Ethel Merman Medley (3 min. video)   
     Mary Martin - Fashion Show (6 min. 40 sec. video)     
     1953 Ford 50th Anniversary - original commercial        

Styrous® ~  Wednesday, January 16. 2019   


Marian Anderson articles/mentions

Ford 50th Anniversary Televsion Show    
Carl Van Vechten ~ The Harlem Renaissance 
Marian Anderson - 1945     
photo by Yousuf Karsh         

Eddie Fisher articles/mentions

Chuy Reyes ~ Rumba de Cuba      
Eddie Fisher - Jan. 27, 1964 
Desert Inn 
photographer unknown 

Salvatore "Tutti" Camarata articles/mentions

Leonard Bernstein ~ On the Town   

Salvatore "Tutti" Camarata     
date & photographer unknown    



January 15, 2019

20,000 vinyl LPs 164: archy, mehitabel & Carol

Carol Channing died this morning; once again, it was a shock to me to realize that one of my idols was not going to live forever!

My first awareness of her was in the late fifties with this recording, archy and mehitabel - a back-alley opera

archy and mehitabel - a back-alley opera, began in 1954 as a Columbia Records concept album with Marquis' original title, featuring Eddie BrackenCarol Channing, and David Wayne. The use of lower case for the names is intentional as the character, archy, is a cockroach who can only type one letter at a time by jumping from the top of the typwriter to the key typing one letter at a time; forget using the shift key for capital letters.   



archy and mehitabel are the names of two fictional characters created in 1916, by Don Marquis, a columnist for The Evening Sun newspaper in New York City. Archy, a cockroach, and Mehitabel, an alley cat, appeared in hundreds of humorous verses and short stories in Marquis’ daily column, "The Sun Dial". Their exploits were first collected in the 1927 book archy and mehitabel, which remains in print today, and in two later volumes, archys life of mehitabel (1933) and archy does his part (1935). Many editions are recognized by their iconic illustrations by George Herriman, the creator of Krazy Kat.          
Channing is at the beginning of her career; she is young, pretty and delightful as the ever upbeat (usually), frivolous and forever optimistic, Mehitabel; her leit motif is,”toujour gai”, always happy! Which she sings several times, even when things are not really so very  happy!    

A musical version, this recording, of the Archy and Mehitabel materials was recorded July 7, 1953 and April 9, 1954, entitled archy and mehitabel with Carol Channing as Mehitabel and Eddie Bracken as Archy, and narrated by David Wayne, with Percival Dove as Bill, the fierce tomcat. It was followed by echoes of archy, narrated by David Wayne, recorded August 31, 1954. The credits read: Words - Joe Darion, Music - George Kleinsinger. It was originally released as Columbia Masterworks ML 4963 in 1955.  

The opera is recorded on one side, with a sequel, Echoes Of Archy, was recorded on side 2. It tells the tale of life after archy has gone. 

That same year a concert version was presented by the Little Orchestra Society at The Town Hall in New York City. With an expanded book, the addition of several lengthy ballet sequences, and a cast of animal characters, the rechristened Shinbone Alley preceded Cats by a couple of decades and was a precursor of the far more successful Andrew Lloyd Webber hit. It was one of the first Broadway shows to feature a fully integrated cast.  

The story was made into an animated film musical in 1970, entitled, Shinbone Alley (link below),  about a suicidal poet Archy (Eddie Bracken) who tries to end his life by jumping off a bridge, but awakens to find he has assumed the life of a cockroach and has become a part of a community of creatures living in a newspaper office. He also discovers that he can still write poetry, using a typewriter, and begins to enjoy his new life. Archy develops deep feelings for the lovely but self-destructive cat Mehitabel (Carol Channing), but will have to fight to win her from bad-boy tomcat Bill (Alan Reed, who was later to become, Fred Flintstone).     

Carol Channing And Eddie Bracken (2) ‎– Archy And Mehitabel (A Back-Alley Opera)
Label: Columbia Masterworks ‎– OL 4968
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Genre: Stage & Screen
Style: Story, Musical


Side 1:

A     Archy And Mehitabel - A Back-Alley Opera

Side 2:

B     Echoes Of Archy

Companies, etc.

    Engineered At – Columbia Sound Laboratories
    Designed At – Columbia Sound Laboratories


    Illustration [Uncredited] – George Herriman
    Liner Notes – E. B. White*
    Music By – George Kleinsinger
    Narrator – David Wayne (3)
    Photography By – Howard Zieff
    Words By – Joe Darion

"From the book, the lives and times of archy and mehitabel, by Don Marquis"

Title styled entirely in lowercase on album.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Side 1, Runout): XLP15049-1K
    Matrix / Runout (Side 2, Runout): XLP15050-1G
    Other (Side 1): x"Lp" 15049
    Other (Side 2): x"Lp" 15050

Viewfinder links:
Net links:
Carol Channing ~          

        Theater credits   
YouTube links:      
Shinbone Alley
Tojours Gai  

Carol Channing died on January 15, 2019, of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, sixteen days shy of her 98th birthday and a day before the 55th anniversary of the opening of Hello, Dolly!       


Toujour gai!

Styrous® ~  Tuesday, January 15. 2018   


Jule Styne articles/mentions

Barbara Streisand ~ Greatest Hits     
date & photographer unknown

Yousuf Karsh articles/mentions

Queen Elizabeth ~ 65th anniversary Jubilee 

       Yousuf Karsh - 1938
self portrait

Susan Matthews articles/mentions

Gray Loft Gallery ~   
     Figure opening reception 
     Figure closing reception   


Susan Matthews -2014     
photo by Styrous®    

January 13, 2019

Wayne Coyne ~ Experiments in sound & other misdemeanours



Wayne Coyne    
photographer unknown     


Wayne Michael Coyne was born on January 13, 1961. He is an American musician, experimental sound designer and a genius. He is the lead singer, occasional backing vocalist, guitarist, theremin player and songwriter for the group, the Flaming Lips (link below).        

He with his group recorded the avant-garde CD, Zaireeka, which was an outcome of his "parking lot" experiments. I bought and performed the exercise recommended for the playing of the CD (I describe it as "performing" as it is not the traditional form of playing/enjoying music) with varying degrees of success and had a fun time in the attempt (link below).        

On December 20, 2018, he and his group, the Flaming Lips, released their cover of David Bowie and the Bing Crosby classic carol Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy, originally recorded in 1977 and released in 1982 (links below).    
Wayne Coyne usually performs his trademark "boy in the bubble" antics during his concerts but it appears it may have been detrimental for him as it may have weakened his immune system. However, I suspect this may just be a publicity angle (link below) as witness the article on the NME (link below).      

Wayne Coyne - "boy in the bubble" - October 7, 2017
photo: RMV REX Shutterstock
U2 lead singer Bono had pledged to help raise awareness about Coyne’s condition. “I myself was once trapped inside a gigantic lemon, so naturally, I wanted to help,” said Bono. “I tried to raise money with a We Are the World-style single. But Wayne insisted the song be released on 12 different CDs that need to be played simultaneously. Needless to say, it didn’t earn dick shit.”   

There is a video of Coyne’s perspective is while in the bubble during a concert on the Monster Fresh website (link below).  

There is a video of Flaming Lips in concert in 2017 (link below) in which they use giant eyeballs reminiscent of The Residents (link below).    

Viewfinder links:     
Wayne Coyne        
Net links:     
Convicts NYC ~ Wayne Coyne interview         
The Guardian ~ Wayne Coyne interview        
SPIN ~ The Flaming Lips Cover David Bowie        
The Hard Times ~  
      Coyne’s Immune System Weakened: Too Much Time in Plastic Bubble   
Monster Fresh ~  
Press Reader ~ Nothing bursts Flaming Lips' bubble   
Santa Barbara Independant ~ Talking with Wayne Coyne     
South China Morning Post ~ The boy in the bubble   
YouTube links:        

NY Times ~ Inflating & using the bubble in concert     
The Flaming Lips - Live 2017   
       Live Performance [Concert] Full Show (1 hr.)       
The Flaming Lips - Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy        
Wayne's House                
Kids Interview Bands ~ Wayne Coyne interview      
Blank on Blank ~ Wayne Coyne on Living with Death interview      
Over / Under ~ Wayne Coyne interview   
SXSW ~ Walking with Wayne interview         
Bluedot Festival 2018 ~  
     Wayne Coyne in Conversation with Tim O'Brien interview (45 min)    
Wayne Coyne - 2014
photo by David Andrako/SPIN
Styrous® ~ Sunday, January 13, 2019              

January 12, 2019

A piquant Korean dinner surprise


photos by Styrous®

The other day our friend Esther treated us to an exquisite meal of food we had never experienced before: Korean cuisine.         

Oh, my goodness!


At the bottom of the soup I found my very favorite vegetable, green peas.

What a fantastic experience!
Thanks, Esther!
Styrous®  ~ Tuesday, December 15, 2015