Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mae West: Strange Fruits

Even MAE WEST's charisma could not save "Myra Breckinridge" [released on 24 June 1970] — — but two numbers she performed onscreen were pressed on a promotional disk and the record has become quite a keepsake. It took the efforts of three adults worshipping at the grotto of improbable thoughts to come up with an astonishing sweetcake fat with brag like "You Gotta Taste All the Fruit," copyrighted in 1964 and only used in this particular motion picture. Maybe it became tainted fruit, especially for morose types who prefer songs about ummm . . . suffering heroically. Tsk! So many can't take a joke.
• • Born in Brooklyn, New York during the month of September — — on 11 September 1925 — — Alan Bergman was part of this tutti-frutti threesome. He penned the lyrics with his wife Marilyn Bergman and Sammy Fain wrote the music.
• • The prolific songwriter, composer, and author was educated at UCLA and the University of Northern Carolina (BA). During WW II, he wrote and directed Special Services shows, then directed TV shows for CBS in Philadelphia, PA from 1945—1953. He joined ASCAP in 1955 and wrote TV production numbers for Jo Stafford special shows, and songs for Fred Astaire and Marge and Gower Champion. He also wrote songs for revues and night club acts. Happy Birthday, Alan.
• • In September, Let's Remember 9/11/2001 • •
• • Here in The Big Apple, September 11th has become a poignant day for remembrance. See you soon, everybody.
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