Ain’t Monday Smarvelous!


It’s Monday once again. (I’m starting to sense a pattern here.) I thought it might be nice to start the week out with some happy peppy people. And I just happened to have a few stashed away in the corner waiting for a time such as this to spring them on you. And so, fresh from their last appearance at the Thrift store may I present:

Happy Peppy People Who Are A Little Bit Too Happy and Too Peppy for Their Own Good.

What are these Happy Peppy People doing?

They are being the spokes models for the Ray Coniff Orchestra with every fiber of their being.

Isn’t it Smarvelous?  The back cover tries to explain what’s going on with this inexplicable explanation:

‘S Connif too, with a companion volume, although in no sense a sequel to his bestselling “Wonderful! This time the music is moodier, and the arrangements a little more subtle . . .

Subtle, yes well . . . I mean what could be more subtle than fully clothed pole dancers? Or maybe they’re fully clothed people hugging gigantic pencils? Either way, it’s subtle alright. In fact, it’s Subtle Marvelous or Smarvelous, if you will.

Oh look!  These adorably diminutive Happy Peppy People who have just been run out of town on a rail are the New Christy Minstrels!  Not to be confused with the Old Christy Minstrels who the New Christie Minstrels bound and gagged and hid in the backstage closet.

Of course, the New Christy Minstrels are now, themselves, the Old Christy Minstrels.  Not to worry, scientists knew this was going to happen and have been working ‘round the clock since 1972 to prepare the new ones.

They are hoping to have The New Christy-Clone Minstrels ready in time for Christmas.

Here’s some Happy Peppy People who named themselves Serendipity.

This is a group of fun-loving singers who are awaiting their chance to bind and gag the New Christie Minstrels and stash them in the closet along with the Old Christy Minstrels so they can replace them both as the New Most-Improved Christy Minstrels.  Talk about Serendipity!

And finally here’s a Happy Peppy Person who is so happy and so peppy he is literally having — and I quote:  “The Time of My Life!”

The first sentence on the back cover explains:

“John Davidson is a six-foot, blue-eyed young baritone who sings with a unique combination of warmth and power . . .”

It’s a good thing he sings with power too because somebody seems to have stolen his microphone . . . shhhh . . . don’t tell him though, there’s no reason to ruin the time of his life.

Until next time . . . I love you

31 thoughts on “Ain’t Monday Smarvelous!

  1. Is that the same John Davidson who hosted That’s Incredible at the end of the 70s/early 80s?
    And I thought the first image was a still from the filmstrip “Lice – the Hairy Menace”

    • Yes he’s one in the same. Little Johny Davidson never really found his niche. Good remembering — was it google-free?

      Hahaha it took about two minutes for “Lice the Hairy Menace” to hit me. I guess my synapses are a little slow due to attending the Faux Guap Memorial today!

  2. I’m so old I remember the New Christy Minstrels when they were really new and we had that very record in our collection. Thanks for the memories.

  3. Yes, you might remember them as the New Christy Minstrels but I think I’m a little older than you are because I can remember them as the New Born Christy Minstrels! 🙂

  4. Weirdness… I had to refresh your page five times before it would include all the pictures at the same time…. every time I hit the refresh, it would show me one more, until the last time, when they all finally showed up together, in the right places…. never had WP be THAT weird before… sheesh…

    Not only do I remember all these (my folks had all of them..) I remember Christy Minstrel, even before she was New, when she was still Christy Billingsly, a small brunette with a big voice from Minneapolis… she used to sing for tips at the local watering holes, and was considered to be a bit promiscuous…. but, she was younger then….

    So, I’m curious… What do you use as a preservative when you store those Happy Peppy People on your shelves? I like to use Bee’s Knees ointment, but some folks prefer Vaseline… how about you? If you don’t use anything, they lose a lot of their Peppy….. which can lead to losing their Happy, too, and then what good are they? Except to wrap up old columns in to throw away…. 🙂 Welcome to Monday… and thanks for starting it off so charmingly weird….

    • Hahaha Ned! You’re in fine form this Monday morn. Actually interrupted reading Gigoid to read your comment. So yeah, this is kind of a weird morning. But it’s a little alarming to think that WordPress (or Weirdpress?) is acting strangely. It was acting up while I was composing the post as well. Then I thought what if something happened and my blog just disappeared. Then I thought I better make darn sure I have copies of everything. Wouldn’t it be horrible to lose hundreds of hours of work. So I know what I’m going to be doing today! Sigh . . . But better safe than super sorry. Loved the Christy Billingsly Story LOL! Ok, back to reading Gigoid!

  5. I’m laughing at the 6’2″ blue eyed “young” baritone who hasn’t realized his microphone was stolen by the NEW Christy Minstrels. These albums look like they came straight from a Christopher Guest movie.

    • True. Unless you count “Might Wind” which is the hilarious spoof of folk singing groups Christopher Guest made awhile back. It’s great fun and the music is all written by Guest and Michael McKean.

  6. Hi,
    These are unreal, looking back a few hundred years, or that is what it feels like. 😀
    Everyone is just so Happy, and you just have to love the way it is all advertised, I just love it.

  7. I still play that NCM album, but I can only hear the scratches.

    I knew the Main Street Singers in A Mighty Wind were channeling somebody’s sweaters, but could never think who– thanks for clearing that up!

    John D. got in trouble once: an entire girl scout troop got lost in one of his dimples. : P

    • Hahahaha! ahhhh! Mark! Well, first of all you can have my album. It’s in mint condish. You’re right about the sweaters! Writing this post made me want to watch Mighty Wind again. And I think I remember hearing something about the JD dimple disaster. When they found the troup they reported that they were scared but happy as all get out as well so everything turned out Ok . . OF COURSE!!

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