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Thursday, July 26, 2007



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.

One of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century. Often billed as America's Number One Song Stylist, his other nicknames include Mr. Rhythm, Old Leather Lungs, and Old Man Jazz. His hits included "That's My Desire", "That Lucky Old Sun," "Mule Train", "Cry of the Wild Goose", "Jezebel," "High Noon", "I Believe", "Hey Joe!", "The Kid's Last Fight", "Cool Water", "Moonlight Gambler", "Love is a Golden Ring", "Rawhide", and "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain". His career as an entertainer spanned approximately 75 years, from 1930 (when he sang in between sets with a marathon dance company) to 2005 (when he sang That's My Desire in a PBS special).

Was a jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Like Red Norvo, he was one of the first real jazz vibraphone players. "Hamp" ranks among the great names in jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker and Quincy Jones.

Were a popular music vocal trio best known for their 1964 hit "Bread and Butter" on Hickory Records. The group's members were Larry Henley (born 30 June 1941, in Arp, Texas, Texas); and the brothers Dean (born 17 March 1939, in Hahira, Georgia) and Mark Mathis (born 9 February 1942, in Hahira). They were guests on the LT Show many times.


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.

Johnny Crawford received an Emmy Nomination at the age of 13 for his role in the western television series, "The Rifleman.Signed by Del-Fi Records in 1961, Johnny had five hits in the 1960s: Cindy's Birthday, Rumors, Your Nose Is Gonna Grow, Proud, and Patti Ann. During that period Del-Fi released five Johnny Crawford albums. My daughter Jennifer (shown in the center) was a big fan.

Round Robin was one of my favorite guests on the show. He presented some of the best dance music of the 60s. I sponsored two albums with Round Robin, "Lloyd Thaxton Presents The Land of 1000 Dances" and "Lloyd Thaxton presents Greatest Dance Hits Slauson Style."

An American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wayne performed over 30,000 solo shows in Las Vegas over a period of over 40 years, earning him the nickname Mr. Las Vegas. His best known songs include the kitschy "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" (1972), "Years" (1980) [3], and his signature song, "Danke Schoen" (1963) which he introduced on the LT Show.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet was a jazz quartet, founded in 1951 by Dave Brubeck; featuring Paul Desmond on saxophone, and Brubeck on piano. They took up a long residency at San Francisco's Blackhawk nightclub and gained great popularity touring college campuses, releasing a series of albums with such titles as Jazz at Oberlin, Jazz Goes to College, and Jazz Goes to Junior College. My favorite? Take Five.

Well, there it is. How did you do? I got a lot of close answers. Many people emailed their answers directly to me, but only one person got all the answers.

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.

Want more tests?

Stay tuned.


Blogger bhone2000 said...

Ok, I tried...

Top picture is....YOU?
Loose Lips....FDR??\

1. ?
2. Frankie Laine
3. Cozy Cole?
4. ?
5. ?
6. Johnny Crawford
7. Fats Domino?
8. Wayne Newton
9. Dave Brubeck?

Thanks for the fun Uncle Lloyd. Cant WAIT for the DVD...

6:16 PM

Blogger Gary said...

What the heck, for a goof, I'll try this, too.....
TOP PICTURE - Lloyd Thaxton doind his first radio show in Ohio
1. Ray Bolger
2. Frankie Laine
3. ?
4. Newbeats
5. ?
6. Johnny Crawford
7. Round Robin
8. Wayne Newton
9. Dave Brubeck Quartet


6:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far: close, but no cigars.


7:56 AM

Blogger Gary said...

Okay, sometime I do admit when I'm an idiot, and this is one of those guess for the LOOSE LIPS quote is NOT "FDR" (he's not a singer) but I will guess FRANK ZAPPA. I will stick to all of my other guesses, though.

1:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Ray Bolger 2)Frankie Laine 3)...4 ....5)Chubby Checker ...6) Johnny Crawford ...7) Fats Domino....8) Wayne Newton ....9) Dave Brubeck

8:44 PM

Blogger Lauren said...

Thanks Lloyd for the new picture quiz.
The first "bonus" questions have me stumped.
But the person is probably in Michigan, the home of WSAE.
Wild guess, you were thinking of Fats Domino
because he sang "Red Sails in the Sunset"That's a ship isn't it?

1-Ray Bolger
2-Frankie Laine
3-Lionel Hampton, does he play set?
4-The Lettermen
5-Solomon Burke
6-Johnny Crawford from 'The Rifleman'
7-Fats Domino ?? turn around okay.
8-Wayne Newton
9-Dave Brubeck w/Joe Morello, Paul Desmond and Gene Wright??

I'm excited about your upcoming DVD! I remember googling LLOYD THAXTON not too many years ago and finding nary a still picture or a mention.
It's great to find you here.

I watched your show excessively!

thanks again

7:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting that two people would name Michigan as the home of WSAE. The picture was taken at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

The station was built in the basement of the SAE house by several of us brothers and broadcast throughout the campus using the central heating system as the antenna.

Great guesses so far. Answers to come in a couple of days.

So far, no one has solved "Loose Lips Syncs Ships"

7:34 PM

Blogger tonitoots said...

1.neil sedaka
2.rodney dangerfeild
4. everly brothers ?
5. {jackie wilson}?
6. johnny crawford
7. fat's
8. wayne newton
9.. dave brubek

10:03 AM

Blogger bhone2000 said...

Yeah, I didn't see the "singer" thing involved in the Loose Lips thing. So I shouldn't have guessed FDR either!
The only musical references I can find are Loose Lips Sync Ships by a band called the Chocolate Watch Band and again by The Hogs who I guess was the same band but dressed up like pigs????

10:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm busy working here. Don't distract me ;-0

1-Ray Bolger (?)
2-Frankie Laine
3-Lionel Hampton
4-The Newbeats
5-Solomon Burke
6-Johnny Crawford
7-Round Robin
8-Wayne Newton
9-Dave Brubeck

"Loose Lip Sync Ship" is by The Chocolate Watch Band and is in their 1969 album "One Step Beyond"


OK, back to work now ....

4:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To bhone2000:

Bhone 2000?

Hey Bhone:

Good guess with the Chocolate Watch Band and The Hogs (funny). I love it.


Check out the answers. You might be surprised.


7:56 PM

Blogger Gary said...


4:25 AM

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5:29 PM


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