Stoneage Vacations 2010-2011 Oct 5, 2010 3:16:49 GMT
Post by stoneage on Oct 5, 2010 3:16:49 GMT
I can almost picture a silhouette of a sauropod walking along the shore against the setting sun in the first pic! ;D
Also like that music room of your brother's. Love the framed album covers! Very nicely done! So, what have your dad and brother done in show biz? I see you sing a bit!
There are also some very cool aquarium shots you successfully managed to get! Very nice!
My dad started out at about 8 or 9 doing impressions on the radio. He had a lot of them and started singing. He was on the road with a traveling kids show with child entertainers who did a variety of different things. Vaudeville was in vogue. When he was 14 he had two piano lessons and from there on he played piano mostly by ear. You'd tell him the song and if he knew it he could play it. He and his brother and a friend entertained under the name The Whitaker Brothers at county fairs where my Dad also often MC'd. He met my mom a dancer in the Dodd Sisters at a USO show after World War 2 was over.. He went to New York where they bought an act called the Mimics. Which included the suits , and the jokes etc. All of them could sing and play piano. My dad was doing impressions of Cagney, Arthur Godfrey, FDR, Ed Sullivan, Jack Benny, Bob Hope etc. Eventually my dad's brother and friend also learned how to do impressions including musical impressions.
He also tried to sell songs at the Brill building but it didn't work out. My dad got married and couldn't afford to stay on the road all the time. He went to art school and got a job as an artist at WCAU TV in Philadelphia. At this time he performed with his brother as the Whitaker Brothers in Philadelphia. Sometimes appearing with the Treniers a Rock and Roll, R & B group which appeared in several early movies but only produced one very minor hit. He also helped create a Kids TV show called Diver Dan. They made the figures of wooden puppets with character s like Baron Barracuda, a human Murmaid (love interest) and of course a human Diver Dan, in the old big metal diving suit and shot it through some tropical fish tanks with Mollies in it etc. He wrote songs for 3 records that were released. My favorite is him doing a demo for "This is the End," which was extremely bluesy. A women who use to sing with the early big band The Paul Whitemen Orchestra sang it in a nice but much slower and tamer version.
My dad knew Ed McMahon(Johnnie Carson show) and managed to get his song "Too Much Slack In The Sack" sung by the Flat Tops on Dick Clarks American Bandstand. The group wasn't very talented by the song with it's driving Sax and enthuisiam was a lot of fun. But unfortunately it didn't sell enough. He also helped build the first Western Cowboy set used on TV. He made commercials and a few small local TV movies as well and on and on. He still plays and sings at 87.
My brother started out playing drums. He picked it up and learned to play on his own. Later he decided that the drums were limited as a entertainment instrument and decided to play keyboards. My brother listens to a song and in about 2 hours he has the chords, runs, bass, drums etc. ready to perform. He had 6 months of piano lessons and use to play in recitals. But the music teacher got mad because he wouldn't play the classical style the way she wanted and she quit. He also can plays some guitar etc.
I play a little piano, about 8 inches high ;D, but I prefer to just sing. I sing in a Barbershop Chorus and I'm in a Comedy Quartet. I also sing with a group called the Summer Singers which is a choir and I also sing songs by myself. I hope that answers your question.