First, please enjoy my favorite cross-dressing comedian, the brilliant Eddie Izzard and one of my very favorite bits.
Now, maybe Eddie Izzard isn't for you. But what about Engelbert Humperdinck, who is indeed, still alive?
I grew up in not one, but two homes. One in Greenwich Village and one in Sheepshead Bay, and members of both households were Engelbert fans, I was fed this stuff early on. But the truth is, I love his 60's hits. I don't own a dozen Engelbert albums. I own one, a Greatest Hits collection and there isn't a stinker on it.
Now, before you draw blood from biting your lips, or have smoke billowing from your ears as you try desperately to NOT type negative comments on this Positively, Guilt-Free Wednesday, let me offer this:
What do you think of Raul Malo and The Mavericks?
Most people, musicians as well, think The Mavericks, and especially the golden voice of Malo, are the shit. Well, their music is not so far removed from what Engelbert was doing in the 60's. As a matter of fact, Malo and The Mavericks have covered Engelbert at least three times to my knowledge, and possibly more.
I am all for good record-making, and Engelbert, with his session men that included the ubiquitous Jimmy Page, made some good records, including his biggest hit, "Release Me," which kept The Beatles "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" out of the #1 slot.
He had a powerful voice, with great range. And again, his 60's output, which is all I am vouching for here, had a sound of its own. I'd be proud to make singles this good.
No, I'm not joking.