The Smothers Brothers Quotes
Professor Irwin Corey had some of the best timing in the world, and that is something you can't steal. He talked nonsense, not punch-lines, per se. It was a great performance thing he did and his timing was impeccable. Pat Paulsen was a master of comedy too. The Smothers Brothers' strength was not in the content, but how it was said. We had a couple of our albums, including the Purple Onion album, translated in script form. It didn't work at all. It is no wonder that writers had a hard time writing for the Smothers Brothers, because they wrote impressions, but there was something else.
We pretty much started out as singers. I wanted to be a bandleader when I was a youngster, at 10 or 11. I had a band - clarinet, accordion, drums, piano player, and me, the guitar player. We played everything in my key. Clarinets were written in Bb, but I didn't care, he could play it in C! I was always involved in some kind of musical thing, and Dick and I were in choir in Redondo High School and we had a barbershop quartet, and started singing other things. We sang "Sh-boom" by the Crewcuts, and I backed up other singers with guitar. Dick and I started singing with a trio, along with Bobby Blackmore, and the first three or four months he was with us. He sang the lead and we did the harmony parts. He decided to leave, since there was no future in it, and Dick and I took off and went to Aspen, where we worked at a place called the Limelight, with Judy Collins and Don Crawford, two folk singers.
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