This week in KeenerLand
We’re remembering Annette Funicello this week. You might not know that our favorite Mousekateer sang what became one of the most recognizable TV theme songs of all time Here’s a classic Keener13 Podcast from January of 2005 with the back story and some rare audio clips from Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, juxtaposed with Harry Shearer’s dead on imitation during his time with The Credibility Gap.
Remember the classic Faygo commercials of the early 70s? What series did the actor who played the frustrated shop keeper star in during radio’s golden age?
Another classic from 1965. Former Limeliters front man Glenn Yarbrough on the Danny Kaye show singing his Keener hit, “Baby the Rain Must Fall”. What may be lesser known is that the song is also the title of a 1965 film starring Steve McQueen and Lee Remick.
Did you know… That the Tigers flagship station used to be 1310? Back before Keener, WKMH was the Detroit home for Tiger Baseball play by play with Ernie Harwell and George Kell at the microphone. Fred Knorr, the managing partner of the group that owned WKMH, WKHM in Jackson and WKNX in Flint, was part owner of the Tigers and was heavily involved with the team until his untimely death. After the Bengals moved to WJR, George Kell turned his talents to television, providing play-by-play there for many years. But the Keener generation, Ernie Harwell will always be the voice of summerHere’s the page from the 1968 Tiger yearbook featuring the names we remember best. (Click the picture to see a full size version.) Remember the biblical quote that Ernie would always read at the start of each season?
“For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”
– Ernie Harwell quoting the Bible’s Song of Solomon 2:11-12
With shouts to Facebook’s Rock and Roll Orphanage, here’s a shot of of John Lennon’s 65 Rolls Royce Phantom V. Wonder if he did the spray work himself?