Do you remember…

21 March, 2008
Rat Fink

I found a link this morning (somewhere, can’t recall) to some advertising slogans and photos. It led me to ads from the 1960s and 70s – my Golden Era – and I got to laughing about some memories. So while this may bore those under the age of, oh, 45, it should make those of us “more mature” readers have a flashback or two:

Remember “Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific” shampoo?

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And how about “Sweet Honesty” perfume? (Yep, that’s Pam Dawber from Mork and Mindy, pre-rhinoplasty.)sweethonesty.jpg


But seriously, this was a huge tragedy:

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I remember our mom taking Mavis & me to a matinee showing of The Magic Sword when I was like 5 years old. All I remember of the movie is a man and a woman meeting and coming together in an embrace. As the man hugs the woman, the camera zooms in on the girl’s face – which begins (through stop-motion photography, like the old werewolf films of the fifties) to change into the face of a hag. Next thing I knew, I was yelling with my hands over my ears, while crawling underneath the chair. I remember Mother trying to find me, saying “It’s all right! It’s all right!” I think we left the movie early. I can’t really recall…apparently, I’ve repressed the memory.

Finally, this is truly fantastic. As a choral director for a hundred years now, I think I can say with relative confidence that I know what it takes for a kid to sing in tune, let alone with professionalism and uncanny precision and style – at six years old. Well, friends, the Osmond Brothers embodied that. What a lucky stroke that I found them on this YouTube video, singing with the also-incomparable Andy Williams (what a voice). Marie even makes an appearance.

This is as fine and tight of a barbershop harmony as you will ever hear – and half the quartet wasn’t even 10 years old yet. Amazing. I tried to embed the video here, but the blog software doesn’t like it for some reason. So it’s here. Enjoy!

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