"Commemorating Another Year Survived"

2006
Sep
30

sheriffjohnrovick.jpgI’ve already expressed my love of “Weird Al’s” polka medleys, but there is one other polka I dearly adore, and that is the one that this guy performed daily on his Los Angeles TV show for 18 years (starting 3 years before I was born and 9 years before my parents brought me out to L.A.). It was right after he’d done the ritual reading of the names of kids in the audience celebrating a birthday (a common feature on kid-oriented shows at the time, and one that was not totally boring only one time each year), and, to avoid paying royalites for that other Happy Birthday song, Sheriff John Rovick would lip-sync to his own recording of “The Birthday Cake Polka” [1.9MB mp3 file, download and enjoy with ice cream]. It’s also a great song to sing to yourself, because I’m celebrating the day intentionally alone.

But if you absolutely must indulge in the stereotypical “Happy Birthday” song (preferably in stereo), there is no better way than with Victor Borge playing it on the piano in the style of various classical composers [Real Audio file: 16 minutes, plenty of time for the cake to cool].
Next week, a new era in WendellBlogging begins, and I’m not going to be doing it alone. That’s what you call a teaser.

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