Sunday, August 17, 2008

A / piece of / trivia. A passing.

Bobby Darin's Splish Splash was banned from New Zealand radio when it was released in the late fifties — & how soon before we have to prefix the decade with the century? — because a man wearing only a towel could be construed as nudity &/or exposure.

& one of the seminal influences on my musical tastes — though at one remove because he was the man behind the glass — has died. Jerry Wexler, producer of Ray Charles & Aretha Franklin & Wilson Pickett & Dusty Springfield et. al. during his time at Atlantic Records. & let's not overlook my two favourite Darin tracks, the Brecht/Weill Mack the Knife & the Charles Trenet song La Mer, both imbued with that Wexler magic.

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