Bit of Jack Benny for your new year's delectation
I don't think I'll ever be able to face Kreutzer 2 again! Well, not until next year anyway :)
Thanks for sharing this Jack Benny video as it is so funny. Although I have seen this show in the past I didn't remember seeing Jack play seriously for once. Mel Blanc did most of the Loony Tune characters and Barney Rubble and Dino. I am pretty sure he did Woody Woodpecker for a while in the beginning.Mel Blanc was also supposed to be a very good violinist but I have never heard any recordings of him.
Don't forget the famous Bach Double with Jack Benny and Isaac Stern:
Remember the classic Heifetz master class in which he was making fun of not-so-great violinists?
Jeff, by your mention of Mel Blanc, are you referring to the fellow that came in stage to take the violins away? It does sound like Jack called him "Mel", but it was "Mil" for Milton Berle.
I believe that was indeed Mel Blanc, who was in many Jack Benny bits, including his supposed violin teacher, and who was also the voice of Bugs Bunny and other famous cartoon characters.
Oh, I see what you meant. Mel is in the first video, Milton in the second, which is the one I was talking about.
The second video interested me because recently I'd read a book on Stradivarius which many times raised the question of his varnish.
Thanks for the “el cheapo” vs. Stradivarius comparison. You could see the punch line — he sounds awful — coming a mile away. Actually, the anticipation of his making a Strad sound lousy is why it’s funny. : - )
I don't think that was his Stradivari, either????