Bill Cosby was a very funny man. Somehow, someway, he always made me laugh over the years. One of my fave comedians, among others of course. A rib tickling post.
When he says "Who's your violinist?" to Jack Benny, seeming to rouse him from a nap, it made me wonder, had the previous part of the discussion been about Isaac Stern? And can you imagine any of this taking place on a talk show in 2012? I recently found out there was a TV show on NBC every Sunday for FIVE YEARS from 1958-63 hosted by a painter that just discussed ART -- they wouldn't do that on PBS now.
Every name dropped would be a shock to late night talk now. Sonny Stitt? Reggie Workman?
A very funny bit that eventually had Benny on the floor.Growing up, I had a neighborhood buddy who was learning to play drums. Corky went into music the way I went into sports and not only learned the drums but became a pretty good guitar player as well. When both our Dads had to work late, he and his Mom would come over to have dinner, especially during the summer. I still can remember his Mom freaking at the table because Corky wouldn't hold his silverware "properly".He always held is knife and fork like drumsticks.
I'm none of the above but this is the best drum story I've ever heard. We forget how brilliant Cosby was. I find it difficult to name anyone now who could keep me hooked for almost 8 minutes like he just did. Great post.
He so nails what can happen when you sit in on drums. I know this all too well.
:-)I used to buy his records used from record shops that were already ancient (or maybe from the Salvation Army or something) in the late 70s or early 80s for, like, a dime, or maybe a dollar anyway. What a storyteller - did you know his buddies were the buck-buck champions of the world? Thanks for the awesome clip.
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