Tuesday, April 15, 2008

78s fRom HeLL: The Leslie Brothers - Ready Rudy Rock and Roll (circa 1957)

From its inception, Rock & Roll music was deemed ripe for satirization and parody.

This shrill little record's appearance in 1957 jumped on that bandwagon at a time when the genre's future was uncertain.

There doesn't seem to be much information available about Larry and Bob Leslie or their comedy act, other than the notation of their broadway stage appearances in Mr. Wonderful and Ziegfeld Follies of 1957.

(UPDATE, 12.16.08: See comments for a bit of info regarding Bob Leslie. Thanks, Joel!)

Listen to:
The Leslie Brothers, with orchestra conducted by Milton DeLugg -
Ready Rudy Rock and Roll

(Columbia Records 78, circa 1957)

(click for audio)

- As to orchestra leader Milton DeLugg (who later went on to compose and conduct the film score to 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians' and to lead the band on TV's 'The Gong Show'), you can learn plenty about him at Space Age Pop, and for more information than you ever thought you'd need to know about DeLugg and everyone he worked with, head over to WFMU's Beware of the Blog.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bob Leslie and Larry Leslie were not actually related. Bob went on to movies, including a small part in Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams, as well as some commercials for Royal Castle Hamburgers. He teamed up with Frankie Man in the 60's and 70's, a comedy act that performed frequently in Siouth Florida/Miami Beach. He died in Los Angeles in 1991.

Joel Leslie

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