Monday, February 18, 2008

Senator Bobby's Christmas Party

Records must have been very cheap to produce and put out. It astonishes me how many wonderful novelty records are out there, and not just Christmas records. But SOOOOO many different types of oddball records that one can uncover if one takes the time. It seems this has been lost in the CD age. Now, I suppose, much of the oddball stuff lands on You Tube or other websites, but it's a shame the physical product is being lost for future generations to uncover and enjoy.

Not that Senator Bobby's Christmas Party is a small potatoes release. It's put out by Columbia Records and features the talents of Chet Dowling and Bill Minkin. Ok, not exactly household names, but I am betting money those names sold records back in the 60's. There is good talent on this record, to be sure, but it seems you just don't see this kind of thing any more. Oh, what I would give to see Senator Obama's Christmas Party! Or Dennis Kucinich's Christmas Elfin Eve! The mind reels in thinking what we could be getting today if only things like this still were being made! And maybe they just don't want to put that out on CD. And that leads me to wonder exactly how cheap it was to put out a record back in the day, because it seems everybody was doing it.

This was recorded live on October 11th, 1967. It may not be presidential, but I felt it was a good thing to share today, on President's Day, in light of the two senators vying for the nomination of the Democratic Party. I will decline in taking sides here on my Christmas blog, but I will just say I think it's certainly a time for change in this country, and we have a great opportunity to get TRUE change if we want it! So go vote if you haven't already!

Senator Bobby's Christmas Party is written and produced by Chet Dowling and Bill Minkin. Bill Minkin portrays Bobby Kennedy, and other voices include Chuck McGann, Bryna Raeburn, Joan Shea, and Chet Dowling. I just may have to go and rent the movie Bobby after listening to this!

Senator Bobby's Christmas Party


Heather C said...

I was born in the 70's, but I remember listening to this record many times with my one of my older brothers (one of the 6) and even making our own skit. We memorized the whole thing. Songs too. ("He's got fame and fourtune, lots of fame and fourtune" or "I'm dreaming of a White house Christmas, do be do be do be do") I still chuckle when I think of it. This morning while watching the news about Ted Kennedy, this record just came back into thoughts. Now I am on a mission to find it so my 5 children can enjoy it too. We all have a similar sence humor, so I know they will love it as much as I did.

Anonymous said...

Hello"Twelve months...",

can you please repost the Senator?