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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Mel Blanc - Toot Toot Tootsie (Good-Bye)

On this day 18 Oct, 1949 Mel Blanc with Billy May and His Orchestra records the tracks "Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye" and "I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts" at Capitol Records Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records issues both tracks together as a single (Capitol 57-780). 


On Oct 29, 1949 it was announced Capitol Records was rushing into release Mel Blanc's burly take-off on Al Jolson doing "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Good-Bye)" in an effort to ride the current plugs Jolson was getting on The Jack Benny Show. On Dec 3rd the song hit #26 on Billboard.

Mel had a pretty long term contract with Capitol and when he was
wasn't recording Looney Tunes records written by Foster and Pierce (and a couple with Maltese) he was recording out-and-and comedy songs. "Toot Toot..." is great since it features Mel doing a fine and totally over the top impression of Al Jolson.

Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was an American voice actor and comedian. Although he began his nearly six-decade-long career performing in radio commercials, Blanc is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. as the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, the Tasmanian Devil, and many of the
other characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons during the "Golden Age of American animation." He later worked for Hanna-Barbera's television cartoons, most notably as the voice of Barney Rubble in The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely in The Jetsons. Blanc was also a regular performer on The Jack Benny Program, in both its radio and television formats. Having earned the nickname “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Blanc is regarded as one of the most influential people in the voice-acting industry.

At the time of his death, it was estimated that 20 million people heard his voice every day. (Info mainly Wiki)

1 comment:

eliane said...

Hi dear Robert, I'll be back later, now, the player doesn't work. Have a nice weekend, my friend!