Thursday, December 25, 2008

Still More Christmas Cheer

Here's a 1949 recording of "I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas" by Yogi Yorgesson, which was a nom de plume of the song's composer, dialect comedian Harry Stewart (who also recorded as Harry Kari).

Here's the flip side, "Yingle Bells" another Yogi Yorgesson opus (with lyrics adapted by Mr. Stewart)

Yogi was accompanied on both recordings by the Johnny Duffy Trio.

Merry Christmas, by Jiminy!

More Christmas Cheer?!

What could be more in tune with the spirit of the season

than an old commercial with Dale Robertson hawking Pall Mall Cigarettes?

Hey, you can even light up from EITHER end!


From Bob's House!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Time For A Visit From Suzy!

Suzy Snowflake, that is. This 1951 made-for-TV short, "Suzy Snowflake," was produced by Centaur Productions (for Alamo Music) using stop-motion animation.

The Norman Luboff Choir provided the vocal, with Suzy's voice provided by future Lawrence Welk Champagne Lady Norma Zimmer.

Here Are Three Friends You Might Run Across Tomorrow Night (Beside Santa)

Here is a 1951 presentation of "Hardrock, Coco, and Joe," based upon the song "The Three Little Dwarfs" by Stuart Hamblen.

This made-for-television stop-motion animated short was produced for Hill and Range Songs by Centaur Productions

Time For Frosty

Here's a made-for-TV cartoon of "Frosty The Snowman," produced around 1950 for Hill & Range Songs in Hollywood by United Productions of America (UPA) and directed by Robert (Bobe) Cannon, who directed the 1950 Oscar-winning cartoon "Gerald McBoing Boing.)

This short used to be shown on television stations all over the country.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Time To Spread Some Christmas Cheer

Here's "The Christmas Song" as performed by David Seville and those Chipmunks, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore on a 1961 episode of The Alvin Show.

Dave and the boys were the creation of songwriter Ross Bagdasarian, who did all the voices. The Alvin Show aired on CBS in prime time in the 1961-62 season, before reruns of these episodes moved to that network's Saturday morning lineup, where they would remain until 1965.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Now for something somewhat different:

This was the first commercial for Maypo cereal featuring Marky Maypo. This commercial, produced in 1956, was the work of the late former UPA producer/director John Hubley.

Another Confronatation With The Bullies

Here's another early commercial for Kellogg's Apple Jacks.

I wonder how many gullible and/or impressionable kids got their clocks cleaned after eating a bowl of this cereal before confronting the local bully or bullies.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Those Were The Good Old Days

Here, from probably the mid-1960s, was the first commercial for Kellogg's Apple Jacks.

The late Paul Frees did the voice of Mr. Apple Jack.