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My Name Jose Jimenez


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 24, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B001QIRS7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Santa Claus
2. Presidential Trip
3. Look Award
4. Bob Sled Racer
5. U.S. Senator
6. Shakespeare
7. With Steve
8. The Burgemeister
9. Deep Sea Diver
10. Man in the Pub
11. The Musical Director
12. The Press Conference

Editorial Reviews

Only in America could a comic of Hungarian-Jewish descent named William Szathmary change his name to Bill Dana and become famous portraying a bumbling Mexican! A little too bumbling for the likes of some, and Dana renounced his Jose Jimenez character in the early '70s (and won an award in 1997 from the National Hispanic Media Coalition). So, we figured it was safe to put out Dana s 1960 recording debut, which took its title from the line his character used to introduce himself on The Steve Allen Show, and went to #15 on the charts! Indeed, half of this album consists of clips from The Steve Allen Show that first brought Jose Jimenez into American households. A comic landmark, a Collectors Choice Music exclusive!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This COLLECTOR'S CHOICE compact disc of MY NAME . . . JOSE JIMENEZ was originally a record album released 1/1/60 on the SIGNATURE label (SM 1013). Side One is samples of Bil Dana, Steve Allen and others from Steve's TV show, while the flip is a simulated press conference that includes the talents of Jo Anne Worley, Pat Harrington Jr. and many others.

Born William Szathmary in Quincy, MA. on October 5, 1924, Bill Dana was a writer on the Steve Allen Show who came to national prominence when allowed to do his Jose character on Steve's Xmas '59 special. Public demand brought Mr. Jimenez back so many times that Dana became an Allen regular. This Top 20 LP, Dana's first of many recordings, chronicles in part his first year of television fame.

Soon Bill Dana reached greater heights with Jose NASA humor, developed in 1961 at San Francisco's Hungry i. This led to an LP called THE FIRST MAN IN SPACE - JOSE JIMENEZ THE ASTRONAUT (Kapp Records).

PROGRAM--

SIDE ONE
[1:59] Santa Claus
[1:36] Presidential Trip
[1:46] Look Award
[1:38] Bob Sled Racer
[2:16] U.S. Senator
[2:39] Shakespeare
[2:35] With Steve
[1:30] The Burgermeister
[2:36] Deep Sea Diver
[1:24] Man in the Pub

[18:00] The Press Conference

TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 37:59
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2010
Format: Vinyl
MY NAME . . . JOSE JIMENEZ was originally released 1/1/60 on the SIGNATURE label (SM 1013). Side One is samples of Bil Dana, Steve Allen and others from Steve's TV show, while the flip is a simulated press conference that includes the talents of Jo Anne Worley, Pat Harrington Jr. and many others.

Born William Szathmary in Quincy, MA. on October 5, 1924, Bill Dana was a writer on the Steve Allen Show who came to national prominence when allowed to do his Jose character on Steve's Xmas '59 special. Public demand brought Mr. Jimenez back so many times that Dana became an Allen regular. This Top 20 LP, Dana's first of many recordings, chronicles in part his first year of television fame.

Soon Bill Dana reached greater heights with Jose NASA humor, developed in 1961 at San Francisco's Hungry i. This led to an LP called THE FIRST MAN IN SPACE - JOSE JIMENEZ THE ASTRONAUT (Kapp Records).

PROGRAM--

SIDE ONE
[1:59] Santa Claus
[1:36] Presidential Trip
[1:46] Look Award
[1:38] Bob Sled Racer
[2:16] U.S. Senator
[2:39] Shakespeare
[2:35] With Steve
[1:30] The Burgermeister
[2:36] Deep Sea Diver
[1:24] Man in the Pub

[18:00] The Press Conference

TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 37:59
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Dated material but still funny - at least some of it is.

I know, in this age of political correctness, that there are those who find Dana's material offensive. However, in my opinion (and take that for it's worth to you), this is of historical value. The main problem is that it's, basically, the same material over and over. This is not something I will listen to often but it is nice that it has been saved for future generations to see how the world was at that point in time.

I look at this the same way I view Disney's 'Song of the South' - it depicts how things were. I believe it's important for us to see how we, as a society, have evolved and are continuing to do so today.

I don't understand Disney refusing to release 'Song of the South' in the USA as it's not like you can't buy it from another source.

I would rate this a 7.25 to 7.75 as it's funny somewhat (but repetative) and important from a historical viewpoint. Recommended if you remember him or care to see how things were in the fairly recent past.
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Earlier today, I watched several YouTube videos of Bill Dana's Jose Jimenez routine. These are, at best, only slightly amusing. Perhaps, in the context of the early 1960s, when manned space exploration was in its infancy, and where space shots were the frequent topic of newspaper headlines, the character of Jose Jimenez would have more fashionable and, as a consequence, more amusing, or at least, somewhat more engaging. The Jose Jimenez character is no more than a piece of second-rate trivia from the early 1960s.

The amusement of the Jose Jimenez routine may depend, in part, on the following psychological phenomenon. If you are in a crowded room, and a routine is occurring on stage, and if everybody laughs, the consequence is that you will also be compelled to laugh. This type of audience participation is like an automatic reflex reaction. In other words, the viewer is sitting in a crowded audience. The audience laughs. The viewer in this same audience is compelled to laugh too, because it reinforces the pleasurable attitude where the viewer thinks: "I am IN-THE-KNOW! I am REALLY-WITH-IT! I am IN-WITH-THE-IN CROWD! We are all LAUGHING-AS-ONE." Thus, if you are a comedian who possesses a comedic routine that compels this particular group-think attitude, then you will be a successful comedian.

I recently watched THE RIGHT STUFF for the third time since this film first came out. This time, I took special notice of the impersonations of Bill Dana's character, Jose Jimenez. Actor Theodore Scott Glenn, who plays astronaut Alan Shepard in THE RIGHT STUFF, does the Jose Jimenez imitation. In this film, the Jose Jimenez imitation serves the following useful purpose.
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