Monday, December 14, 2009

Episode 20: Mel Blanc

Show notes for Episode 20:

This episode focuses primarily on the great actor, singer, comedian, and “man of 1,000 voices” Mel Blanc.

  • “Money” by Mel Blanc, music and lyrics by Stan Freberg and Ruby Raskin.

    Mel Blanc, 'Man of 1000 Voices'Don’t want no lovin’, don’t want no kissin’,
    Don’t want no gal to call me honey.
    Don’t want my name in the Hall of Fame,
    Just want a big fat pile of money.

    Give me that all mighty dollar, for that lettuce hear me holler.
    Give me buckets full of ducats, let me walk around and waller
    In Mazuma, el dinero, wanna be a millionaro.
    Give me money, money, money, money, money.

    I want that green ammunition, that’s the stuff for which I’m wishin’.
    Fill my closets with deposits, I’m a demon at addition.
    Give me sheckels, give me pesos, let me see their smiling face-os,
    Money, money, money, money, money.

    I wanna get me a suit that’s made out of loot
    And whistle the wearing of the green.
    I’ve got that monetary-itis, like to be just like King Midas,
    Want that golden touch is what I mean.

    Give me that old double eagle, want that tender that is legal,
    And financially substantially any sum I can inveigle.
    Wanna live in regal splendor, with that lovin’ legal tender,
    Give me money, money, money, money, money.

    I’m a greenback collector, I’m a paper bill inspector,
    I’m a savage for that cabbage, man, to me it’s golden nectar.
    Pour that filthy lucre on me, spread those lovin’ germs upon me,
    Give me money, money, money, money, money.

    Just let me roll ’round upon it, stuff those bank rags in my bonnet,
    Any kind just so some president has got his picture on it.
    Let me feel it, let me hold it, let me sit there and fold it,
    Give me money, money, money.

    I wanna car load of cash, the kind I can stash
    A vat full of vo-do-de-oh-dough.
    You know your banker never lets it matter whereabouts you gets it.
    Has you got it, boy? That’s all he wants to know.

    Give me treasure I can measure, ’cause that’s my idea of pleasure,
    Give me wampum, guilder, Jesus, let me count it at my leisure,
    Let me live in regal splendor with that lovin’ legal tender,
    Give me money, money, money, money!

    And if they ever plant trees of E Pluribus Unum,
    I wanna be the guy that they send out to prune ’em!
    Money, money, money, money, money!

  • “Bonanza Bunny” (1959) and “Barbary-Coast Bunny” (1956)

    The 21 of heartsI talk a little bit about a couple of old Bugs Bunny cartoons in which our favorite rabbit finds himself playing cards during the 19th-century gold rush.

    Included in there is a hand of blackjack in which Bugs defeats his opponent after standing on just one card!

  • “The Postman’s Ball,” The Mel Blanc Show, October 15, 1946

    'The Mel Blanc Show'Not hard to find episodes of this one on the intertubes. Here is a site where you can listen to just about all of them streaming on the web, and here is another where you can download most as .mp3 files.

    This particular episode stars Mel Blanc, Mary Jane Croft, Earle Ross, and Joseph Kearns. The music is by Victor Miller and His Orchestra, and Bud Hiestand is the announcer. Read more about Mel Blanc’s long, varied career over on Wikipedia.

    As I mentioned before, the show will soon be syndicated over on the Poker Radio Network, which from what I hear should be up and running fairly soon. Stay tuned!


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