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  • mistermuse 1:04 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anthony Newley, , David Bowie, Elton John, Goldfinger, , Leslie Bricusse, , Nothing Can Stop Me Now, , What Kind Of Fool Am I   

    STOP THE WORLD – I WANT TO GET OFF 

    Although every worsening day of the virulent Trump reign has served to make me wish the above urge was an option in 2020, today’s a day to look back and “Stop the WorldI Want to Get Off” in the 1960s…..a decade when British singer, actor and songwriter ANTHONY NEWLEY (born Sept. 24, 1931) was as well known (especially in England) as David Bowie and Elton John were in the 1970s.

    And yet, Newley is now all but forgotten  — so on his birthday, I want to devote a post to remembering this Songwriters Hall of Fame member whose talents I like so much that I still have 11 of his LPs in my collection – including the original Broadway cast album of the title show (co-written with Leslie Bricusse), featuring this song:

    That was the #1 (but not the only) hit song from STOP THE WORLD. If you’re up for seconds, let’s give it a go:

    Three years after they Stopped the World, Newly and Bricusse co-wrote THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT – THE SMELL OF THE CROWD with more show-stopping songs, including this one which fits a certain braggart President who loves the smell of the crowd (and apparently the sight of their adoring, maskless faces, as well):

    In closing, a bit of trivia: do you know who wrote the lyrics to the title song of this James Bond film (the answer is in the credits near the end of this trailer):

     

     

     

     

     
    • calmkate 1:48 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That first clip is so eccentric, I love it! Great voice so I see why you keep his LPs 🙂

      Your title is something I used to chant frequently as a child – never heard their album – then I’d giggle coz no body took me seriously but I sure meant it!

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      • mistermuse 8:43 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You must have been a very precocious child, Kate, seeing the absurdity of much of life at such an early age (or maybe Santa Claus didn’t bring you what you wanted for Christmas one year)! 😉

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        • calmkate 3:34 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink

          No I was a super compliant goody two shoes child, totally shy and overwhelmed by my big brothers … guess I’d just been here before 🙂

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    • obbverse 3:06 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’re right, he fell off the planet as far as the public memory went. However I recall seeing his, ummm masterpiess ‘Can Heirnonymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?’ and was left puzzled, and befuddled,..wondering if he was doing his best to destroy his rather middle of the road career? If so, he succeeded. Big time.

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      • mistermuse 8:38 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think Newley carried a rather conceited image, which probably contributed to his lack of staying power. On the other hand, he’s far from the only conceited ‘entertainer,’ and these days, that seems to be in their favor (The Donald, for prime example).

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    • Rivergirl 8:06 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I remember him, vaguely. Though your post title sums up how I feel these days.

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      • mistermuse 8:54 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Feeling like stopping the world and getting off now is nothing compared to how we’re going to feel if Trump is reelected. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of us leave the country, if not the world.

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    • magickmermaid 12:51 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I agree! Stop the world from all the madness!

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      • mistermuse 10:18 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There is madness because Trump is a madman, and the inevitable result of each of these realities (if he is not stopped) will be a country no ‘head on straight’ person of good conscience should tolerate. VOTE as if your life depends on it, because in a very real way, IT DOES.

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    • JosieHolford 9:42 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I remember Anthony Newley as a bigly important pop and music person.

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      • mistermuse 10:24 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You remember well, Josie. He wasn’t a person for every taste, but for those of us who could appreciate his talent, he was “bigly” indeed.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 10:03 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not familiar with the music of Anthony Newley. Looks like I’ve missed out on a lot of great talent.

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      • mistermuse 10:43 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed you have, Rosaliene. Here’s another sample of what you’ve missed (from the same ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT musical shown in my post):

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    • Garfield Hug 4:59 am on September 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Mistermuse! “Virulent Trump Reign” sounds right!

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    • masercot 7:14 am on September 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love Shirley Bassey…

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      • mistermuse 9:02 am on September 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Then I’m sure you’ll dig DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER and GOLDFINGER Bassey vocals in this video, including an aside that made me laugh, 42 seconds into the clip:

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    • Elizabeth 5:29 pm on September 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t realize he had been forgotten. Not by me, that’s for sure. As for Goldfinger–when I was in college I went to see the film with a date. The only open seats were in the front row of a very large very old theater. You can imagine the traumatic experience of that gold body filling the screen and surrounding us on the sides as the movie opened!

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      • mistermuse 6:29 pm on September 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I remember the cinerama process (surround-screen) coming out, as I recall, in the late 1950s in theaters especially built or designed for the purpose. GOLDFINGER was made in 1964, so you must have seen it in cinerama.

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    • greatmartin 6:50 pm on October 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was fortunate enough to see Newley in all of his shows and nightclub review and even meet him and become a ‘known acquaintance’ of his.
      While he could be difficult to work with he was a warm friendly guy–someday I will have to tell you a few ‘private’ stories. :O)

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      • mistermuse 7:10 pm on October 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        How interesting! Judging by his personality, I can imagine him being difficult to work with, but I’m glad to know he was also a warm, friendly guy.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anthony Newley, , I Got Plenty Of Nothing, , , Nothin',   

    MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE ZILCH 

    Wanna know something? January 16 is NATIONAL NOTHING DAY. Since I can think of nothing I’d rather do today than filch some zilch, I’m going to take this day and make Nothing of it. Actually, Nothing couldn’t have come at a better time for this post, ’cause if there’s one thing I gotta lotta, it’s nada.

    For you language purists out there, when I said I gotta lotta nada, whata oughta said was….

    Now that you’ve had your fill of nothing and I’ve made the case that there’s nothing better than nothing, I have all the nothing that’s everything I need to amount to anything. Ain’t that something!

    Watch out, piggy!

     
    • calmkate 12:09 am on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      well that leaves me with very little to say … nothing in fact!

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    • obbverse 2:18 am on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Whoa, let’s not overdo things!

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    • JosieHolford 5:03 am on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Nothing will come of nothing: speak again.” – King Lear.

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    • masercot 6:17 am on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got nothin’ and twice that…

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      • mistermuse 11:38 am on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve heard of double or nothing, but not double AND nothing. What more can I say?

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    • Rivergirl 8:28 am on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If you make nothing something.. is it still nothing?

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    • Ashley 10:56 am on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m lost for words!

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      • mistermuse 11:45 am on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know where you lost them, Ashley, but look for them under the lamp post — the light is better there (sorry about that — I couldn’t resist).

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    • arekhill1 1:40 pm on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Bet the Oval Office A-hole wishes there was nothing going on today, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 6:40 pm on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, Ricardo. Trump may put on a bravado front, knowing the GOP-controlled Senate has his back….but you can bet your backside that his “legacy” is foremost in his thinking of the aftermath.

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    • jilldennison 7:43 pm on January 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Heh heh … you certainly are full of … nuthin’. You’ve celebrated the day in perfect style! 😉

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      • mistermuse 3:53 pm on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Now it’s the Day After Nothing Day, and I’m still doing nothing, so I must be doing something right — or rahther, I must be doing nuthin’ right. Anyway, being full of nuthin’ beats being full of BS like a certain good-for-nuthin’ President I could name.

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        • jilldennison 7:29 pm on January 17, 2020 Permalink

          Good on you! See if you can keep up doing nothing through the entire weekend! You may well be in line for an award, or perhaps a Guinness record!

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    • D. Wallace Peach 4:14 pm on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that Congress has Nothing better to do than legislate a national Nothing day. (I know that this day wasn’t actually ratified by Congress, but wouldn’t that be apropos?) I hope you enjoyed doing nothing. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:50 pm on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Diana, if Congress (including the Senate) does nothing all year besides impeach Trump, I’ll consider it a job beyond well done (I’ll also consider it a miracle).

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        • D. Wallace Peach 7:54 pm on January 17, 2020 Permalink

          I know. I can’t wait until this Trump/McConnell nightmare is over.

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        • mistermuse 8:06 pm on January 17, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for your comments, Diana. I’ve mentioned this before, but in case you and other commenters missed it, the reason there are no Likes (by me) after comments is that when I click Like, it doesn’t “take” — no slight intended by no Likes!

          P.S. I’ve just discovered a “trick” I can use to make Like work. Hallelujah!

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    • magickmermaid 7:36 pm on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t know about Nothing Day. I failed by doing something 😀

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      • mistermuse 7:53 pm on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t say you failed, mm — let’s just say you did no harm (just think of how much better off we’d be if Trump did no harm!).

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    • tubularsock 7:16 pm on January 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Wouldn’t you know, Tubularsock missed January 16th, NATIONAL NOTHING DAY!

      Fortunately for Tubularsock, nothing lost, nothing gained.

      Which makes January 18th a happy day for missing nothing.

      NOW THAT, should be a national holiday!

      So, Tubularsock has plenty of nothing and nothing has nothing on me!

      But remember if you put “something” in a box and hide it under your bed then you’ll always have “something” when NATIONAL NOTHING DAY comes round again!

      Cheers

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      • mistermuse 10:17 am on January 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There’s nothing I’d rather put in a box than nothing — it would save me a lot of money on Christmas and birthday gifts (though I suppose I’d still have to spend time wrapping them).

        Thanks for the idea, ts.

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        • tubularsock 2:38 pm on January 19, 2020 Permalink

          Well it appears that Tubularsock’s waiting to receive a Christmas present next December 25th won’t be a surprise after all.

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    • moorezart 1:52 am on January 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • Silver Screenings 3:59 pm on January 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I loved this tribute to “nothing”. And I had no idea Jan. 16 was National Nothing Day. I did an online search and was surprised to see it’s been around since 1973. The things you’ve taught me, Mistermuse.

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    • America On Coffee 2:18 am on January 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      LOL! I’m in!💕❤️💕

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  • mistermuse 3:32 pm on March 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anthony Newley, Bert Williams, , , , ,   

    GOODBYE AGAIN 

    I have never been able to discover anything disgraceful in being a colored man. But I have often found it inconvenient. –Bert Williams

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    Yesterday marked the 96th anniversary of the death of the great “colored” comedian Bert Williams, whose humorous 1920 song I WANT TO KNOW WHERE TOSTI WENT (WHEN HE SAID GOODBYE) appeared in my last post. You can learn a bit more about this pioneering black entertainer in the racist America of the late 1800s/early 1900s by clicking here: https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200038860/

    To commemorate the anniversary of the day Bert Williams said “Goodbye forever,” I thought I would extend that post’s theme with a curtain call of several later “goodbye” songs from America’s Golden Age of Popular Music (if not yet America’s Golden Age of race relations). Just a little something to keep in mind, every time we say goodbye (courtesy of Cole Porter):

    So, what’s good about goodbye? I’m glad you asked (courtesy of Harold Arlen):

    Perhaps next post, I’ll transition into some ‘hello’ songs. It would help the transfiguration if I could put this song title in reverse:

    P.S. The first several readers of this post may have been confused by changes made in the last clip after I posted it. What I initially thought was a clip of another vocalist singing “Hello, My Lover, Goodbye” turned out to be in error, so, left with few choices, I hastily tried to switch to a clip of Doris Day (NOT one of my favorite vocalists) singing the song. After a few ‘haste-makes-waste’ starts, I made the substitution, but probably left a few of you wondering if I hadn’t said goodbye to my mind. But all’s well that ends well (I hope).

     

     
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