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Englebert Humperdinck sings Age of Aquarius.

I enjoyed this one.

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Curle writes in a comment:

Per comments by Sailer regarding black influence in 60s music, this song (medley) is a weird one. Here, a song by an uber white guy made famous by a black group but written by white guys as part of a pseudo hip musical, Hair, almost certainly intended for white audiences imagining themselves modern.

I am so glad I have commenters to fill in the gaps missing from my posts.

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This music video also says something about the sort of entertainment people liked to consume in 1972. Today, no one would want to listen to a guy like Englebert Humperdinck singing covers of other people’s songs. In fact, his old vinyl records were never even converted to CD, there are just a few greatest hits types of CDs.

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January 12, 2015 at 12:11 am

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  1. …a book which Jorge of Burgos hates as much as he despises laughter. In that book, Aristotle would have discussed the different ways in which comedy stimulates and enlightens the ridiculous by using common and vulgar people, e.g. taking pleasures from their defects. Jorge claims…

    that Lion cannot be serious.

    World Moustache Champion

    January 12, 2015 at 1:30 am

  2. the temptation to troll your own blog must be irresistible. “why are these people reading me? must have no life.”

    some are born slaves.

    Arnold George Dorsey

    January 12, 2015 at 1:40 am

  3. Per comments by Sailer regarding black influence in 60s music, this song (medley) is a weird one. Here, a song by an uber white guy made famous by a black group but written by white guys as part of a pseudo hip musical, Hair, almost certainly intended for white audiences imagining themselves modern.


    January 12, 2015 at 3:26 am

    • Deep voice, well-dressed, singing about “the lovin'”…Englebert was actually just a step away from brothrz like Arthur Prysock and Lou Rawls.

      That era was actually kind of an integration high watermark – people were getting the Osmonds and the Jackson 5 mixed up! To find something “uber white” you really have to look at stuff that had no top 40 appeal whatsoever like the Percy Faith Singers or 101 Strings.

      Where’s nikcrit? Chime in, please!


      January 12, 2015 at 8:46 am

      • LOL


        January 12, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      • Ha!
        Here I am, Fiddlesticks; I swear to you, i haven’t as much as lurked on this blog for at least two months, but somehow i dropped in today cuz i’ve gotten a bit estranged from 28sherman, where i’ve been mainly in recent months

        Anyhow, i agree that early 70s was a great period for top-40 pop, black, white and integrated; i think it’s great that humperdinck recorded ‘age.;
        here’s my quick true tale re. the latter: early 2004; i was about a year-and-a-half away from getting out of the music press biz; with my then-wife in a airport lounge and snack bar at the Alberquerque airport. And who’s sitting across from me? Engelbert, with his band and tour management; the tour manager rushes up with the morning newspaper and is excitedly reading the quote/spin he seems proud to have planted, which is a statement explaining why Humperdinck’s show was canceled at some area Indian gaming casino; the flunkie managed to get the reporter to say the show was canceled becacuse of some technical difficulty when in fact, they hinted at conceding, it was because of poor advance ticket sales, (which is the true cause of cancellation upward of 90-percent of the time).
        70s tunesmiths should be thanking the Gods for the invent of gaming casinos beyond Reno and Vegas in the ’80s; it created a whole ‘second-act’ culture and livelihood for these acts, who would otherwise by now be long forgotten.


        January 13, 2015 at 12:59 am

      • O.T. p.s.@Camlost:

        What up, Cam? You been into the games?

        You catch my Green-&-Gold pride and joy continue their quest to bring back home the Lombardi trophy yesterday? Love to see that petulant ne-gro Dez so pissed off!

        But now i have a dilemma: my white brother Aaron will be flinging against my half-breed alma-mater ‘bro!!

        What’s a Rustbelt halfrican to do??


        January 13, 2015 at 1:13 am

      • Perfect timing, nikcrit! What I don’t get is if he was already there in New Mexico, why wouldn’t he perform, even to a small crowd? Don’t the promoters usually take the financial risk on those shows, especially back in the good ol’ days?

        Back in the ’90s, Joan Osborne tried to headline a theater tour based on her one and only hit. I remember hearing a local promoter basically say “LOL too greedy gonna fail” and sure enough, it was cancelled. But that was cancelled way before the tour started, early enough I’m sure so she didn’t get paid.

        I have seen many shows by Englebert-level artists at large clubs where they are playing to an 80% empty venue and still giving it their all. I assume the promoter is hoping for last-minute arrivals to bail him out.


        January 13, 2015 at 9:26 am

      • What’s a Rustbelt halfrican to do??

        Sit back and watch Brady and Belichick cheat there way to another Super Bowel victory. LOL.


        January 13, 2015 at 11:31 am

  4. Thanks, Lion, for the link.

    That episode of the “Hollywood Palace” TV show (which I don’t recall) is available at this site —
    Starting at 52 min, 30 sec. The other performers (including Gladys Knight and the Pips) are named at the beginning of the hour.

    I don’t see any cords, and wireless mics of the time (1972) were bulky and generally yielded poor quality sound. Yet, when the camera pulls back (e.g. to showcase the hippie chicks’ dancing), no overhead booms are visible. I wonder how they recorded this.


    January 12, 2015 at 7:29 am

    • “I wonder how they recorded this.”

      Lip-synching. Most things back then were lip synched and not actually recorded live.


      January 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

      • I think all the performers on Soul Train lip-synched. Though I did see an excellent Soul Train live performance captured on Youtube of the Isley Brothers of “Who’s that lady?” from 1974. The youngest Isley brother, Ernie Isley does a pretty dood Jimi Hendrix impersonation.

        E. Rekshun

        January 12, 2015 at 11:58 am

  5. Lion, I hope you’ve seen the tremendous comedy film The 40 Year Old Virgin starring Steve Carrell. It is certainly worth a watch if not. (This song figures prominently in the conclusion of the film.)


    January 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

    • I didn’t like that movie. They made fun of the poor guy for being a virgin.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 12, 2015 at 8:29 am

      • The Manopshere has a new term for a guy who hasn’t gotten any by the age of 40.

        It’s called a delta male. Ha! None of these Greek Alphabet terms are meaningful in anyway.


        January 12, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      • There was that. But he was also set up as the only guy who was respectful to women. He’s basically the beta women should choose, rather than the alpha they crave.

        Half Canadian

        January 12, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      • He had to give up his fun hobbies like playing video games so he could claim his “reward” of a old single mother.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 12, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    • I liked it. That movie reminded me of my late teens working at Radio Shack w/ a few nerds, one in particular named “Peter.” We called him “Peter-Squeezer” because he was a 25-year old virgin. Another guy, “Scottie-boil” (because he had a permanent boil on his face) used to get very excited, sweat, and his leg would start uncontrollably shaking when we talked about girls.

      E. Rekshun

      January 12, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  6. OT: Here’s a story about employers trying to interfere with even their low-level employees’ freedom to contract, make them beholden to a single employer, and suppress competition. Ds are halfheartedly pushing back on this, but this isn’t the kind of issue that excites SJWs, and many Rs are too cozy with business owners to take any action.

    If you want to play this game, it’s good to have an attitude that your needs are more important than others’, just because you’re you! One boss is quoted as saying, just kind of trying to persuade them not to do it because it’s hurting my profits and company.


    January 12, 2015 at 9:13 am

    • If you’re working a low-skills job, then you can violate the non-competes. No rational company is going to spend time and money going after someone who (a) has no money to go after and (b) doesn’t have trade secrets uniquely damaging to their business. Not to mention the PR fiasco.

      Also, you really should read what you sign.


      January 12, 2015 at 11:42 am

    • I realize you like your terms for Blue state yuppies, but fighting to allow lower class workers to be allowed to take a job for a competing employer IS social justice, almost by definition.


      January 12, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    • it’s an interesting issue. I can’t imagine the jimmy john’s agreements are enforceable but that’s total speculation on my part. Nothing inherently wrong w/ covenant not to compete agreements in my book, but it just seems bizarre to require unskilled laborers to sign off on one as a condition of employment. Dumb policy. Worse PR.


      January 12, 2015 at 3:36 pm

  7. I am completely unfamiliar with modern pop culture, so I may very well be completely off base. But it really seems like music today is much ‘narrower’ than music was in the past. In the 70’s, even though I didn’t like much of the music, there was quite a range of musical ‘styles’: ballads, love songs, whiny 70’s sad songs, and so on, as well as heavy metal/hard rock, good country, and more ‘pop’ type songs.

    Does that exist today? Are there any sappy love songs being released that teenagers get all angsty about (‘Endless Love’)? Is there any ‘adult’ contemporary (‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head’, just thought of ‘Ben’ by Jackson 5)? Are there gimmicky childish songs being released today (‘How much for that doggy in the window’ way back, ‘Beep Beep’ in the early ’60’s, ‘Convoy’ in the 70’s). How about playful songs (‘ABC’ by the Jackson 5, alot of 80’s music)?

    It really seems like ‘sex’ as the theme (not love) is basically the only thing being sung about today.

    As my kids enter high school, I wonder what songs will have any meaning to them (and thus, what songs are being produced today). What is the ‘slow song’ for dancing today? I wouldn’t be surprised if it was some song at least 30 years old.



    January 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

  8. This music video also says something about the sort of entertainment people liked to consume in 1972.

    What you posted isn’t a “music video” in the modern sense, but visual media and MTV have indeed changed the US music industry an infinite amount. Nowadays people are consuming music from no-talent idiots like Milli Vanilli, Katy Perry, Brittney Spears and Beyonce – people with questionable vocal ability (when not bolstered by digital processing) who have never written a song or played an instrument in their life.

    Music is now entirely producer-driven and figurehead acts like Kriss Kross or Justin Timberlake are found in tryouts at the local mall. Up until the 1980’s you had producers and radio program directors who actually pushed the music they liked, and they had standards and interests of their own as well as respect for the sanctity of artistry and musicianship.


    January 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm

  9. Humperdinck singing “Age of Aquarius” makes no sense. Why bother when the 5th Dimension did such a good job of it? But his own songs were fine. For those who like easy listening, he was one of the best. He did the best job on a song called “The Shadow of your Smile,” and a very good job on “Spanish Eyes.” But his is the best version of the Italian song “Quando, quando, quando” – far better in my opinion, than the original singer whose last name was Renis. I heard once that Humperdinck’s real name is George Dorsey.


    January 12, 2015 at 8:46 pm

  10. Van Morrison released the theme song for this blog back in 1972.

    MEH 0910

    January 12, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    • On first glance, I thought this was Don McLean of “American Pie” fame.

      Van may be telling us to “listen to the lion” but Robert John want’s to know if “the lion sleeps tonight!” And Lion’s probably answer? “Only if I can sleep with Catherine Rampell!”


      January 12, 2015 at 9:55 pm

  11. If a lot of Humperdinck’s albums of covers haven’t been rereleased on newer formats it likely has to do with the song licensing. I’d wager if those albums would have only contained originals, they’d have been put out again. Rereleases are cheap if you own the rights to the songs and recordings but expensive if not.


    January 13, 2015 at 2:56 am

  12. Well, Humperdink is actually Anglo- indian of mixed British and Indian descent. And it shows. Talk about ueber- white! And Cliff Richards is Anglo-indian, i.e., Eurasian, too.


    January 13, 2015 at 9:42 am

  13. “I may very well be completely off base. But it really seems like music today is much ‘narrower’ than music was in the past. In the 70’s,”

    True, in the sense that radio-station formats are much more narrow and defined than they were in the ’70s —– for the most part, that is.

    Oddly enough, what’s also now prevalent but absent then are one or two stations per middle-to-big market in which formats ranging from rap to metal may appear within the song list of a given broadcast hour; for those like me who went to high-school in the ’80s, back then it was unheard of to hear a single station play a song by, say, Metallica, and then follow it with a tune by Ice T or Public Enemy, as you would hear today by a range of modern equivalents.
    Still, even now, radio stations, barring those one or two exceptions per market, are much, much more rigid and formatted and defined in what they play.

    All of which is yet just one more sign of the leveling, glut and changing market demand levels wrought by the internet’s effect on creative and artistic ‘content.’


    January 13, 2015 at 10:27 am

  14. Englebert Humperdinck was a good singer, quality voice. Too bad he picked that weird stage name.


    January 13, 2015 at 11:33 am

  15. The blonde lady singing looks like one of Captain Kirk’s alien conquests from the classic series.

    slithy toves

    January 13, 2015 at 6:11 pm

  16. That such a song could be presented by an immaculately groomed guy in black tie only a few years after it was supposed to raze western established culture shows how lame “counter culture” really was…
    If you want to distance yourself aesthetically from the common man and gaudy commercialism, get into classical music, not into 1970s hippie stuff.

    nomen nescio

    January 16, 2015 at 5:42 am

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