Saturday Matinee – Papa Oom Mow Mow


gruberMeyer Kessler, aka Carl Ballantine/aka Lester Gruber/aka Ballantine the Great.

27 September 1919 – 3 November 2009.

Here’s the Beach Boys’ cover of the Rivingtons‘ classic,

…that was coopted by the Trashmen,

…that was covered by the Ramones. For a one chord song, it’s almost impossible to play without a vocal, and without a vocal, it’s not worth listening to.

Even the Oakridge Boys stole the line, but we have more class than to post that one, so here’s an ear cleaner instead.

Bette Midler’s version of the Stone’s “Beast of Burden.” Odd enough.

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2 Responses to “Saturday Matinee – Papa Oom Mow Mow”

  1. cbullitt Says:

    Totally missed Carl Ballantine’s passing. He was a classic.

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    cbull– I liked him in McHale’s navy. As a kid, I didn’t understand how someone could put on a magic act with no magic tricks (but apparently Steve Martin did).

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