Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Law & Order star Jerry Orbach 12/28/04

Well Law & Order star Jerry Orbach passed away today from prostate cancer. You may know Jerry as the dad from Dirty Dancing or the voice of the candle in Beauty & the Beast. The best thing to come out of Dirty Dancing, besides Patrick Swayze's short lived singing career admit it you loved that song "She's Like the Wind", was one of my favorite movie lines of all time, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." But I digress back the the Jerry Orbach talk. Jerry was actually working on another Dick Wolf show, I said that to say this, is there a show on NBC that Dick Wolf isn't involved in? The guy has shows all over the place from one meger little seed and has to be making big money from the syndication on TNT for all of them. Mr Wolf for my sanity please stop making shows I can't take another Dick Wolf show on TV. My mom is a HUGE fan of all those Dick Wolf shows, if its on TV she'll watch it. For arguements sake lets see how many I can name:
Law & Order
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order: Peter Francis Geraci
Law & Order: Slip and Fall Attorneys
Law & Order: Jackie Childs <-----hey I'd watch this one I think that may be all of them Okay now I feel better and on to the CITW for Jerry Orbach. Vigil same time and same place as usual. You can see all the low carb CITW versions by clicking here. Have a Happy New Year folks until the next celebrity gets cancelled, I'm out.

Goodbye Jerry Orbach
My mom knew your shows pretty well
You had the grit to act a cop
Put Baby in a corner history tells
You crawled out of Brooklyn
Tony Award in your hand
Did the voice of a candle
Look a new Dick Wolf show again!

And it seemed to me you lived your life
Like Lumiere in the wind
Never knowing Baby's friend was pregnant
You go out an help out again
And I would have liked to know you
But I was just a kid
Your Lumiere burned out long before
All those damn Dick Wolf shows ever did.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Reggie White 12/26

Well just yesterday former NFL star Reggie White died. Reggie played for the Eagles and Packers during his NFL career. Reggie first played professional football at the University of Tennessee (oh wait he didn't go to Ohio State), no he really played pro ball in the precursor to the XFL the USFL Memphis Showboats. Early word is that he basically died in his sleep from sleep apnea. I was never a huge fan because I hate the Philly teams; worst fans in the nation I mean come on they cheered when Michael Irvin got carted off at a game a injury that ended his career. Living in Chicagoland I've never liked the Packers, I take enough greif during the summer from Cubs fans about being a Cardinal fan and don't want to have year round grief for being a Packer fan.
A little backstory on the song when Reggie was on the Packers and they won the Super Bowl he was invited to speak to the Wisconsin state house. While speaking to the assembly he said something to the effect that asian people are great because they can make a TV the size of a watch and he said some other goofy stuff about different ethnic groups. Not Reggie's brightest moment, other than that I think he was an all around decent guy from all accounts. Reggie also had one of those unmistakeable voices along the same line as Dikembe Mutombo and his "Cookie Monster-esque" voice. So here you go vigil same place same time as usual.

Goodbye Reggie White
Philly and Green Bay knew you pretty well
You had the grace to rush the QB
Started your career in the USFL
You crawled out a Volunteer
Then a Showboats helmet in your hand
Became the minister of defense
Then it all got weird again

And it seemed to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing when to say
Disparaging remarks about Asians again
And I would have liked to know you
But a Eagles or Pack fan I never did
Your candle burned out long before
Your remarks to the Wisconsin house ever did

Friday, December 10, 2004

Jerry Scoggins-"The Beverly Hillbillies"

From our friends at

'Beverly Hillbillies' theme singer dead
Jerry Scoggins was noted country musician
Friday, December 10, 2004 Posted: 8:08 AM EST (1308 GMT)

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Jerry Scoggins, who sang "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," which introduced the comical clan on "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died. He was 93.

He died at his home Tuesday of natural causes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The song and the TV show premiered in 1962 and were instant hits. The CBS series starring Buddy Ebsen as Jed drew up to 60 million viewers at its peak and ran until 1971.
The ballad, which begins, "Come and listen to a story about a man name Jed/ a poor mountaineer who barely kept his family fed/ then one day he was shootin' for some food/ and up through the ground came a bubblin' crude," was written by Paul Henning.
Scoggins sang the lyrics while Nashville bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs played guitar and banjo.
Scoggins came out of retirement to sing the theme again for a 1993 movie based on the TV series.
Scoggins' country and western trio, the Cass County Boys, was hired by Gene Autry for his Melody Ranch radio program in 1946. The group performed in 17 of Autry's movies.
The group, whose other members were John "Bert" Dodson and Fred Martin, also performed with Bing Crosby on television in the early 1950s.
The Cass County Boys were inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
A memorial service is scheduled Friday.


In honor of his death I have changed the CITW remix a little bit to honor Jerry. Here is the special edition one time Beverly Hillbillies-Jerry Scoggins remix, sung to the theme for “The Beverly Hillbillies” of course.

Come and listen to a story about a man name Jerry
A poor balladeer, barely kept the Cass Boys fed
Then one day he was working on a tune
And then out came a song real soon

Music that is, bad TV, sitcom

Well the first thing you know old Jerry’s no millionaire
Mr. Drysdale said “Stay away from here.”
Said, “Elly Mae is where I want to be.”
So they unloaded the crap stayed in Beverly.

Hills that is, Redneck family, movie stars

Well now its time to say good bye to Jerry and all of his kin
And he would like to thank you for hearing him sing
You’re all invited to sing this song with me
Sing it all day long just because of me

Annoying that is. Hear the tune sing all day

Y’all come back now ya hear?