Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday morning tunes: Bonus obituary tune

Jimmy Dean, spoken-word country music performer and breakfast meat entrepreneur, died last week at 81. He made his reputation with this 1961 novelty record:

Dean later hosted his own musical variety show on ABC, where I first saw performances by Simon and Garfunkel (I can't remember now what they played, only that they looked pretty dour and alienated) -- and Jimmy's ol' hound-dog buddy, Rowlf.

In a commercial for his breakfast sausage, Dean once shared this philosophy:

Sausage is a great deal like life. You get out of it about what you put into it.

A good epitaph for any of us, whether written on a marble stand or not.

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