Saturday, April 28, 2007

Wally Cox sips and sings (1957 and 1953, respectively)

(click on photo to ENLARGE)

Wally Cox appeared in this Smirnoff print ad in 1957, three or four years after his emmy-winning role as Mr. Peepers.

It's a treat to watch the DVDs of Mr. Peepers now, but it can be hard to avoid the distractions of seeing the TV era in its infancy. The show could be a little clunky, and the average human's attention span is just different from what it was decades ago.

The part that still comes through crystal clear however, is what a great talent Wally Cox was.

Here's a record that Cox made in 1953, while he was still playing Peepers on TV. His singing and yodeling had apparently been a part of his stage act, prior to television.

Listen to: Wally Cox - There is a Tavern in the Town (click for audio)

It's a very jolly song, until you notice some pretty dark lyrics. What were they drinking in that tavern?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is so great. I can't thank you enough for posting the audio file of "There is a Tavern in the Town." We had it on a 45 rpm when I was a child and it has long ago been lost.

What a terrific recording!

Ann Pitkin

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