LOOSE LIPS SYNCS SHIPS - TEST OVER
Because everyone seemed to have a lot of fun (and success) with my last test, identifying artists I had on the Lloyd Thaxton Record Shop, let's bite the LP and take another shot at it.
Doing a television show five days a week, fifty two weeks a year with a guest artist each day eats through a lot of artists. Close to 2000 during the eight years the show was on. You sometimes run out of instantly recognizable people. There are just so many Beach Boys, James Browns and Sonny and Chers. But though they are not always recognizable, they are all great artists just the same.
Here's the new test: See how many of the nine guest shown below you can name. They all appeared on the LT Show, but many of you might not have recognize them until I announced their names. Go for it.
While I'm here, let me add a couple more questions to the mix. (1) Who is the person and where was he in the picture above biting the LP, and (2) Who was the famous singer on my mind when I titled this posting "Loose Lips Syncs Ships." All you Mouse Cliquers will remember this slogan as a dire warning during World War II.
Here we go. "NAME THAT PERSON!"
Ray Bolger was a great American entertainer of stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of the Scarecrow (and the farmworker "Hunk") who was Dorothy's favorite in the 1939 film classic, The Wizard of Oz.
Solomon burke is a soul and country music pioneer and member of the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1964 he wrote and recorded "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love," Burke's most prominent bid for an enduring soul standard. Almost immediately covered by The Rolling Stones the same year, other well-known versions include one by Wilson Pickett and another, a decade and a half later, in the 1980 film by The Blues Brothers. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. He was nice enough to let me try on his King clothes.
That person is Lane Quigley. Lane is a prominent attorney in LA and host of The Memory Lane Show on RockitRadio (CLICK HERE). I have to tell you this. Lane is also my partner in producing the Lloyd Thaxton DVD. He did not have any pre-look at this blog. He is just some kind of genius when it comes to the music and the artists of the 60s. And, that, Mouse Cliquers, is why Lane Quigley and I became friends and partners. He knows more about the 60s than I do.
Now about "Loose Lips Syncs Ships." Lane got the fact that The Chocolate Watch Band recorded "Loose Lip Sync Ship" in their 1969 album "One Step Beyond" (I told you he was a genius). However, that was not the singer I was thinking of when I titled my post "Loose Lips Syncs Ships." I was thinking of Barry Manilow. Stay with me, this is kind of crazy. "Loose lips sink ships" was a World War II warning not to tell secrets about cargo that is being shipped to Europe by ship. Submarines were stalking these ships everyday.
For some reason when I thought of that slogan, it came out "Loose lips SYNC ships." Barry Manilow had a hit record titled "Ships." My imagination started to run wild. I invisioned Barry having throat trouble just before one of his Las Vegas shows. So he had to lip-sync his hit. The next morning the Las Vegas newpaper headline was, "LOOSE LIPS SYNCS SHIPS."
Is that weird or what?
Thanks to everybody to took the test. And thanks to Wikipedia for providing me with some fantastic background on my guests. What a great site to get instant information.
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