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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00005J6ZH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Too Fat Polka (I Don't Want Her, You Can Have Her, She's Too Fat For Me)
2. A Porter's Love Song To A Chambermaid
3. Slap 'Er Down Agin, Paw
4. The Thousand Islands Song (Oh Florence)
5. California Is Wonderful (If You're A Grapefruit)
6. I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover
7. All Right, Louie, Drop The Gun
8. Go To Sleep, Go To Sleep, Go To Sleep
9. Gone Fishin'
10. C'est Tout (That's All)
11. The Thing
12. I Like The Wide Open Spaces
13. Love Is The Reason
14. Slow Poke
15. Dance Me Loose
16. Exactly Like You
17. (We Grow) Too Soon Old - Und Too Late Shmart
18. The Humour Is On Me Now
19. Sidewalks Of New York
20. Seventy-Six Trombones
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gene DeSantis on February 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Young people listening to this album (assuming young people would) might ask, how did this guy get a recording contract? Simple: by being perhaps the biggest radio and TV star of his day.
Arthur Godfrey was one of the first "crooning" announcers, disdaining the pompous, stentorian "March-of-Time" manner of early radio to speak to his listeners much as Bing Crosby sang to them -- one-to-one. A popular Washington DJ and personality, Godfrey gained national attention in 1945 for his moving commentary of FDR's funeral cortege and choking up at the end. A CBS show followed, and years of huge audiences; and in 1947 he signed with the network's sister Columbia label. For a decade he specialized in corny novelty numbers, with simple backings and a voice that sounds like a cross between a dignified banker and a dirty old man. Often (a bit too often) he'd indulge himself by singing in a mock-childish tone through his nose, or laughing while he sang -- for spontaneity's sake, so he probably told himself. (One imagines Larry King singing exactly this way, if he could sing.) In short, he made Mitch Miller's kind of music before that notorious A&R man even joined the label.
Despite the corny tunes, the banal arrangements, the more than slight aura of self-congratulation, these songs work, because they make so little demand on the listener, and because they're gentle reminders of a gentler American culture. Godfrey was a big enough star to lure Mary Martin into two duets (one on a song that aspires to be "Baby, It's Cold Outside" but can't make it in); her gossamer tone somehow meshes with Godfrey's organ grinding. There are the inevitable ethnic tunes, including one with his long-forgotten TV discovery Carmel Quinn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Gabriel on May 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD just for the song "Too Fat Polka", and I have to tell you, the version is the best I have ever listened to. It keeps a great polka beat and is just hilariously done. And to be truthful, I listened to the rest of the CD and found it to be very entertaining. Great stuff. Arthur Godfrey was a little before my time and I will leave the history or reviewing to those that actually listened to and/or watched him. But I tell you this, I was happy that I bought this CD and added it to my collection. One gets a little history lesson and great musical entertainment at the same time. If anything, you can't go wrong with Arthur Godfrey's "Too Fat Polka". This CD was just right for me!
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I grew up listening to Arthur Godfrey. My favorite songs of his are "Slap 'er Down Again, Pa" and "Too Fat Polka." Both are on this CD set, plus several other songs I either hadn't heard or had forgotten about.
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