Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2/23/2010 - Jerry Vale

Valentine's Day just passed last week and with that comes more candy.  My kids bring home more candy to add to our Halloween/Christmas candy pot.  Maybe this stuff will be gone before next Halloween, but I don't know. I can almost guarantee what will be left at the bottom of the bucket if we ever get there though.  In our house, Tootsie Rolls aren't that big of a hit, but they have been a hit since 1896 everywhere else.  Today is the Tootsie Roll's 114th birthday.  Some of the ones in my bucket feel like they were some of the first off the production line.

To honor Tootsie Rolls, I was looking around at different versions of "Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye".  There's the original by Al Jolson from the movie, "The Jazz Singer." There is the iconic version by Mel Blanc.  There are versions by Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Murray, Wayne Newton, Liza Minelli, and Regis Philbin (check this out if you don't believe that one: It's Regis Philbin!)  But the one that caught my eye after many listens to many different ones was by Jerry Vale.  This was produced in 1977 and it's DISCO!  Toot Toot!

Here's Jerry Vale with the disco version of "Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye":

I think I will go struggle with a Tootsie Roll now.

Toot, Toot, Tootsie goodbye,
Toot, Toot, Tootsie don't cry.
The choo-choo train that takes me away from you,
no words can tell how sad it makes me.
Kiss me, Tootsie, and then
I'll do it over again.
Watch for the mail,
I'll never fail,
if you don't get a letter
then you'll know I'm in jail.
Toot, Toot, Tootsie don't cry,
Toot, Toot, Tootsie goodbye!


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