Sadly, Morey G is another Glass Pack who is no longer with us. But his work on You Can't Sit Down and Quarter to Three always will be.
Lawn Guylund, NY - 20 miles E. of Times Square.
did you begin listening to Top 40 radio?
1962-When my cousin explained to me what Top 40 was. The
first song I liked was Easier Said Than Done by The Essex.
station and where?
Seventy-Seven WABC (New York)
better or worse, earliest songs etched in your memory?
Que Sera Sera by Doris Day
stranded in the jungle, ten songs you would take and why:
Some of my very oldest favorites, I guess. Some rock and
roll- an anthology each by Little Richard, Velvet Underground,
and Jonathan Richman. Some Pop-1 each of Beatles and Steely
Dan. Some jazz- 1 each of Miles and Basie. An Atlantic/Stax
anthology called The Memphis Sound. Also Mozart's Clarinet
Quintet and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring because they are
so achingly beautiful.
First few records owned and what were you thinking?
"Children's" records by Danny Kaye and Tom
Glazer, which I wore out the grooves on. My dad was a Columbia
Records salesman and got me everything I wanted record wise.
The first records I bought with my own money were bargain
bin jazz "cutouts", when I was 15 or so.
Song, a Hit the first time you heard it and why:
Be My Baby
trace of show business in your blood:
Singing "I'm Five" on my fifth birthday.
performance in front of a live audience?
Major General in Pirates of Penzance (Abridged?) 5th Grade
Between the Ages of 6 and 16 your favorite radio stations?
Between age 9 and 12 it was WMCA, NY-All the "Good
Guys", especially B. Mitchell Reed and his "name
it and claim it". He had an even faster delivery than
Cousin Brucie (Morrow), was hipper the Murray the K, and
gave away records and "Good Guy" sweatshirts.
Between 12 and 16, I was into listening to distant stations
on short wave and AM clear channels from all over the East
and Midwest US. This was very mysterious and exciting to
me. By 16, my tastes had gone slightly underground, with
monologist Jean Shepherd, nightly on WOR-AM, and free-form
FM stations like WBAI and WLIB.
Between the Ages of 6 and 16, Daily exposure to music (how
the radio impacted your life day in and day out) There was
almost always a radio on. Between 9 and 12, I followed Top
40 closely, even keeping my own copies of the local stations
charts. And I could read Billboard and Cash Box every week,
sent to our house courtesy of CBS. Then I became interested
in jazz and classical, and started going through the mostly
Columbia LPs we had in our home, and discovered Brubeck,
Miles, Bruno Walter and Bernstein.
Name of First Band:
Nefertiti- Jazz quartet (never could get any gigs)
Earliest Musical influences:
Richard Rodgers, Phil Spector, Milt Goldstein.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 Favorite Comedian:
Soupy Sales- silly, but also seemed slightly subversive
and dangerous to a suburban youth.
Punch Line of Earliest Joke You recall: Everybody gotta
or what influenced your sense of Humor?
Mad Magazine. TV sitcoms like The Honeymooners, Dobie Gillis,
and Get Smart. Standup comedians on the Ed Sullivan and
Tonight show like Alan King, Lenny Bruce and Jackie Mason.
Records by Allan Sherman and Stan Freberg.
and how did you hear of BWGP?
During the mid 1980s they were brought to my attention by
a mutual friend, music business lawyer Elliot Cahn.
and why did you join BWGP?
At first I was a guest player, or an occasional substitute,
but since 2003 I have had Karl's chair on permanent loan.
Because I love playing music from the glory days of honking
sax, and because it's a perfect fit.
Favorite BWGP sketches:
Two things that stand out in my mind--- Lazz putting the
breasts on his statue during 100 lbs of clay. It hits on
many different levels at once. And I also enjoy backing
up the Big Fella's shenanigans during his radio show.
How Do You Explain your role in BWGP to friends who have
never heard of BWGP didn't know you have a secret closet
life? I don't really have a secret life. This is all I've