September 17, 2013

When Vladimir Putin found his threel on Blueberry Heel...

... it was pretty surreal...



... and Goldie Hawn loved it.

Via Bloggingheads. That was uploaded to YouTube in 2010. Some fundraiser. When? I don't know. Maybe you can figure it out from the shiny happy faces of the various Hollywoodland creatures.

The camera fixes on Kevin Costner, chewing gum and head-bobbing, so... along with the centrality of Goldie, I'd guess 1996. But Putin didn't become president of Russia until 2000, so I'll say 2000.

By the way, do you know what singer put out the first recorded version of "Blueberry Hill"? It wasn't Fats Domino, whose hit came out in 1956. The original version is from 1940.

12 comments:

LYNNDH said...

Oh Thank You So Much. Just listened to the recording, and now listening to other Autry songs. I note that he was billed as a Blues Singer in 29'-31'.
Do you know the who the first Singing Cowboy in Movie Pictures was?

JRoberts said...

Isn’t karaoke a standard part of the after hours fun at the G20 summits?

That and the board game Risk played with real nations…

Mary Beth said...

It was in 2010. The event was a charity fundraiser for children's cancer research in St. Petersburg.

I couldn't find the name of it (I have only a couple of minutes until I have to leave, so no time for thorough searches.)I wonder if it was for the same hospital that they were talking about shutting down and turning it into one that would exclusively serve judges and staff of Russia's highest courts.

PBGolfer said...

Hitler was a painter (with some level of talent).

Mary Beth said...

Or not a fundraiser A doctor at a St. Petersburg cancer clinic claims she 'has never heard' of a charity that allegedly raised funds for the hospital at a fundraising concert in December that famously featured a solo singing act from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

alan markus said...

A lot of hits about this from December 2010. It was a fundraiser for children's cancer held in St. Petersberg.

Here is a followup article from July 2011 about the status of the funds raised.

Putin's playing piano, singing in English pays off for hospitals

David said...

Louis Armstrong?

EDH said...

Speaking of totalitarian cult of personality, definitely check out HBO's "Vice" show about the Harlem Globetrotters visit to N Korea.

Diego de la Vega said...

Marion Morrison aka "The Duke".

Cedarford said...

Give Vlad props for some entertainment talent. The guy has been elected by Russia many times. Charisma and showmanship in many areas is part of that lure.

The Godfather said...

So if we elected Obama in 2008 because he's cool, would we have elected Vlad because he's even cooler? Sure he wasn't born in the US, but what are you a "birther"? You can bet that when Vlad shoots baskets he SHOOTS BASKETS you know what I mean? And we wouldn't be worrying about the 2016 election.

AprilApple said...

Hollywood is embarrassing.