Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Tonight, a trip down memory lane.
In the past, I’ve dug into my father’s old record collection. With Father’s Day this weekend, we take another stroll that I hope you’ll enjoy.
I’ve mentioned that when it came to music, my dad was old-fashioned mixed in with a surprising amount of cool. Rather than shun the onslaught of rock and roll, dad embraced, not everything, but plenty of good stuff, especially the Beatles and the British Invasion.
A lover of soundtracks, here’s another example of dad’s “cool.” Tossed in amongst the Rodgers and Hammerstein and Henry Mancini LP’s was the soundtrack from the best James Bond movie.
You, of course, remember......
From the "Goldfinger" soundtrack, " Oddjob's Pressing Engagement," an appropriate title if you recall a certain scene from this 007 classic.
Ahh, yes, I vividly recall that part of the film. OUCH!
Did I say that Dad was also old-fashioned in his musical tastes? Not that there was anything wrong with that, mind you. But it often had this youngster scratching his head.
Dad, you actually walked into a store and bought that?
Mantovani. Andre Kostelanetz. Eddie Duchin. The Living Strings. Lawrence Welk. Les Baxter. Percy Faith.
Here’s one that was NOT in Dad’s album collection, but I’m pretty sure he would have loved it.
Dad appreciated all the great singers and crooners: Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Robert Goulet, Al Martino, Vic Damone, Steve Lawrence. In the early 60's, he’d never miss one singer’s weekly variety show.
There are particular melodies you often hear over and over again that are oh so familiar, but you can’t for the life of you name the artist.
More from Dad’s record collection, performed here by a gentleman who bucked the popular rock and roll trend to record some huge hits.
That’s it for tonight.
Have a great weekend.
We close with something different.
One of the more obscure albums I’ve discovered in Dad’s collection was from a group not centered around guitars or horns or strings but……..harmonicas.
This group is a little bit Three Stooges, Abbot and Costello, and Spike Jones. They perform on The Hollywood Palace, ABC’s Saturday night variety installment that mirrored the Ed Sullivan Show.
Enjoy the music of Johnny Puleo and his Harmonica Gang, have a few laughs, and don’t forget Dad on Sunday!