October 31, 2007

Who can take great beauty and talent and slam it into the ground?

Old TV did this sort of thing all the time:



I found that clip in my search for a clip to pay tribute to Robert Goulet.

This is the most clumsily staged song. Did they even rehearse? Watch Goulet awkwardly thwack Julie Andrews on the stomach at 30 seconds. And then comes the comic banter about how sexy Peggy Lee and Robert Goulet are. This show seems to be from about 1973, and Goulet's hair and sexy manner exemplifies the way older adults channeled the youth culture of the day. But Goulet truly was extraordinarily handsome.

So let's roll it back a few years to a better era of male style, and let's have Goulet with 2 other singers again, make them men this times, and instead of bantering about sex, let's have them banter about cheese. It will be sexier!



Robert Goulet died yesterday. He died waiting for a lung transplant.

19 comments:

MadisonMan said...

imdb says the Julie Andrews show was from January 27 1973.

George said...

A few days ago Seinfeld on Letterman lacerated the "other" cookbook author, the one whose material his wife may or may not have used.

Over and over, he called the woman a wacko, compared her to a celebrity stalker, and even suggested that because she uses her middle name (like John Wilkes Booth) she might try to murder someone, probably his wife.

And Letterman chuckled through the rant.

I'm sure Seinfeld is too smart to slander the lady, but he and Letterman were repulsive.

Unlike Robert Goulet.

Ron said...

It's odd to say, but it looks like Bob Goulet set the style for '70's male porn stars! He looks like the young Hedgehog! Or so I've been told...

B said...

I loved the guy. What a gift! He was of the last generation of successful "Pop" singers who could cover and sell any ballad, written by anyone. Today it's pretty much Connick and Buble in that style (Bolton and Dion don't count - they have way too many songs written specifically for them). But you never see them monthly on Leno or Letterman. Sigh . . .


However, you haven't really lived until you've heard Robert Goulet sing the title track on his 1968 album Woman Woman (Have You Got Cheatin' on Your Mind), his cover of the Gary Puckett song.


It's just so hard to make it through without laughing out loud . . .

reader_iam said...

"Robert Goulet! Robert Goulet! My God, Robert Goulet"

(Bebe, in "A Chorus Line")

Me, I could never get past the shape of his head.

reader_iam said...

Nice guy, though, and nice post.

rhhardin said...

I'm waiting for the YouTube tributes to Zsa Zsa.

MadisonMan said...

His singing was too dramatic for my taste, and something about his body language turned me off. His voice, though, was phenomenal.

Maxine Weiss said...

Steve Tyrell, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Jerry Vale, Steve Lawrence, Mel Torme, Matt Monro

former law student said...

This show seems to be from about 1973, and Goulet's hair and sexy manner exemplifies the way older adults channeled the youth culture of the day.

Older adults? The man was 40. That would make Ann one of the oldest adults. Thus, to describe people actually receiving social security, Ann would have to resort to terms like "older than dirt," "really gosh-darn old," and "oh my sweet lord he's old."

Gary Carson said...

Andy Williams in shorts is sexy?

Richard Dolan said...

Watching them now, both clips seem so corny and forced, but in a lighthearted way. The saving grace of that era of TV variety shows was that there was nothing really mean about it (although those with better memories or greater familiarity can probably cite examples showing the opposite).

As for Goelet, he always struck me as someone who was born to sing/play Gaylord Ravenal. But I don't know if he ever did.

Pastor_Jeff said...

What was the deal with Goulet running his fingers down Julie Andrews' back while she was talking to Peggy Lee? That was odd, and a little creepy.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

My goodness, but he looks just like Mel Gibson.

former law student said...

Pastor Jeff, although it's hard to imagine in a time where every touch is unwanted, back in the 70s, people were playful. Goulet did not however get the desired reaction because Ms. Andrews did not break stride, but continued speaking as if nothing had happened.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

PJ: Remember, too, that there's a history there. He played Sir Lancelot to Miss Andrews' Queen Guenevere for a couple years.

Chip Ahoy said...

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Ann Althouse said...

"Bolton and Dion don't count - they have way too many songs written specifically for them..."

Please don't say "Dion" if you don't mean Dion. There's only one single-name "Dion"... in my book. I love that guy.

former law student said...

She likes to travel around, yeah
She'll love you and she'll put you down
Now people let me put you wise
A-Ann goes out with other guys

Here's the moral of the story from the guy who knows
I fell in love and my love still grows
Ask any fool that she ever knew
They'll say-a
'A-keep away from-a Runaround Ann'