Mary and I watch reruns of Columbo every Saturday night. We know them all pretty much by just the name of the actor playing the villain, so unless the baddie is Jack Cassidy, Parick McGoohan, or Robert Culp (who each have several appearances), I just tell Mary something like “Bad guys are Hector Elizondo and Ray Milland,” and we know which ones we’ll be seeing that night. One of the episodes features Theo Bikel, who runs a club for geniuses as well as being senior partner in an accounting firm. Another senior partner of the accounting firm and member of the club is played by Sorrell Booke, who you probably recognize as the actor who played Boss Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard. In the episode, Theo kills Sorrell (well, his character kills Sorrell’s) and tries to outsmart Columbo, who comes off as kind of a dimwit but who always ends up catching the villain.
(Before I go any further, I want to take a moment to note the passing of Burt Reynolds, who played Boss Hogg in the movie based on the TV series. He died of a heart attack on Wednesday. Condolences to his family and friends and all those who loved his work.)
The episode is notable for the rendition of Guy Lombardo’s “Boo-Hoo,” as sung by a female vocal trio. Here’s the original, from 1937, sung by a male trio, one of whom is doubtless Carmen Lombardo, Guy’s brother, who penned the song.
Whenever that paticular episode is on, the damn tune is stuck in our heads for weeks.
Likewise, the “happy birthday” song as sung by The Three Stooges.
The longer version shows why the cake blows up. The big man with the mustache is Vernon Dent, who was in most of the Three Stooges shorts.
It’s always the songs you don’t like that end up as earworms. Such as this from Sesame Street:
And then there’s this. Dad came home one day all annoyed and said one of the secretaries at work (this was a long time ago) kept singing this until he was ready to wring her neck.
There are a few more that I’m strategically blocking from my memory, at least until they turn up out of nowhere…
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