Songs of the Day: Tom Lehrer, “Vatican Rag”; Carl Perkins, “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby”

I couldn’t decide between these two great musicians, so I decided to do both. First, happy 95th birthday to musician, satirist, and mathematician Tom Lehrer. There used to be an all-night talk show on WDAI in Chicago, and the host, Wayne Juhlin, played comedy records at strategic points during the night. This is the first one I heard, "Vatican Rag." He explains it all at the beginning.

Happy heavenly 91st birthday to rockabilly guitarist extraordinaire Carl Perkins. He was a huge influence on George Harrison, and the Beatles did several of his songs in their early days. Carl and George play Carl’s hit from 1957, "Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby" in this video from 1985.

10 thoughts on “Songs of the Day: Tom Lehrer, “Vatican Rag”; Carl Perkins, “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby”

    1. People are so sensitive these days that comedians have to tread lightly to avoid offending anyone. When you consider that the essence of comedy is offending people, that throws a damper on everything.

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  1. It’s wonderful to see you celebrating the birthdays of two great musicians, “Tom Lehrer” and “Carl Perkins”, in your own unique way. Both of them have left an indelible mark in their respective genres and continue to inspire many aspiring musicians. Thank you for sharing their music with us and reminding us of their timeless contributions to the world of music. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜Š


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