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The Best of Arthur Godfrey: The Old Redhead

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. Pale Potomac Moon
  22. Young At Heart


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00005J6ZH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Classic Arthur Godfrey, no surprises here. Politically incorrect Godfrey, star of radio and early television, gives us "Too Fat Polka," "Slap Her Down Again, Pa," and other classic songs. To play records of that vintage would assure pops and scratches, but this CD gives us high-quality Godfrey.
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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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