Jul 25, 2016
If you're a fan of American movie musicals, then you're a fan of Marni Nixon - even if you don't know who she is. Sadly, the super-secret-undercover singing voice of Natalie Wood in "West Side Story" and Deborah Kerr in "The King and I," and countless more, has just sashayed away to that great movie palace in the sky. But not before leaving us with an Unsung Cheerful Exclusive! just for you.
Posted by The Cheerful Earfull! at Monday, July 25, 2016
Jul 3, 2016
There was a time when directors were allowed to make daring, original, groundbreaking movies on a huge scale. That ended with the disastrous 1980 opening of Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate." Corporate studio honchoes had their knives sharpened. From that point on, original, large scale movies gave way to blunt, imitative, machine-tooled blockbusters. The director of "Heaven's Gate," Michael Cimino, has just gone to that screening room in the sky and no doubt has a few things to talk over with Orson Welles.
Posted by The Cheerful Earfull! at Sunday, July 03, 2016
Jul 2, 2016
Jul 1, 2016
The Happiest Post Ever With Rose Going Chi-Chi, Connie Doing Hank And Etta Doing It Twice, Plus A Sweet Springs Secret Song!
Hooray! It's the silly season, a time to get tan (responsibly), chillax, buy things, and revel in the summer's looniest news dramas (my favorite from 2015 was this). And, yes, it's also a time to listen to terrific music that makes you happy. And if Rose Murphy doesn't make you happy...oh, never mind, I know she will (she wasn't known as the "Chi-Chi Girl" for nothing).
Jun 19, 2016
All along, if we're to take her word for it, jazz and blues singer Morgana King's truest ambition was to become an actor. Yet even before she was cast in "The Godfather" in 1972, she'd already been one of our finest actors for nearly two decades. But on vinyl.
Jun 6, 2016
Peggy Hits London, Alma Giggles, Jaye P's First Time, Plus The Saint's Party And An Original Stupid Girl Secret Song!
Peggy got to me young, as I suspect she did with a lot of people. Hearing her sing "He's A Tramp" in "Lady & The Tramp" made me sit up from the couch when I was just a wee thing, along with the irresistible "We Are Siamese," which she co-wrote and performed (playing both Siamese cats!). And so any "newly discovered" Peggy is reason to celebrate, dont'cha think?
May 28, 2016
Daffy Sings, Paul Jams, Plus Judy Lost-And-Found, Carole Found At Last And A Monkeyshines Secret Song!
I admit it, Daffy Duck is my alter ego. His awful temper-tantrums, his outrageous ego, his brazen shallowness. All are qualities I
share hide admire.
May 12, 2016
Ranee Does Bille, Anita's Got Rhythm, Plus Hibari Gets Jazzy And A Fun-Girl-Goes-Country Secret Song!
Stand back, ya'll, Ranee is in the house. And she's no ordinary jazz diva. Born in Brooklyn, she later made Canada her home (which me and the Cuban will be doing if the orange orangutan is elected) (but I digress), and first toured not as a singer, but as a jazz drummer and saxophonist.
May 11, 2016
Apr 23, 2016
Is this picture of Irene Kral giving you acid flashbacks? Does anyone do acid anymore? I did it twice.