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April 23, 2008



This is super-cool stuff. As I told Bob, this reminds me of music you might hear on the soundtrack of a 1940's space cartoon starring the Little Rascals having their first beer.


Love this music. That is the actual theme song from the old Wally Cox TV show Mr. Peepers. What an odd piece of music to cover. I would have to say my personal fave is the Concerto for Calliope. An original idea and totaly whacked out!

Bob Purse

Ah, but it's not a cover! I should have mentioned that. Bernie Green wrote the Mr. Peepers theme!

Listener Rick

That timpanist DID do a great job. But Concerto for Calliope is my fave, too; a bit PDQ Bach-ish. What was Dick Hyman's Top 40 instrumental hit? I can't put my finger on it.

Dale Hazelton

I think Ergo Phizmiz needs to sample Saxaphobia. These are all gems!

Bob Purse

Dick Hyman had three Hot 100 hits in the "rock era". He and his trio were among many to have big hits in 1956 with instrumental versions of "Mack the Knife", under the title "Moritat", peaking at # 8. The same trio made a great version of "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo", which got to # 78 in the same year, and in 1969, he returned to the top 40 as "Dick Hyman and his elecric eclectics", peaking at # 38 with "The Minotaur".

Listener Rick

"The Minotaur," that's what I was trying to think of. Thanks!

Listener Kliph

i recently watched the Mister Peepers DVD set released by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. It's a very over rated sitcom from the days of early television but that theme song is so infectious, I hummed along to it during the closing credits to every episode. Green composed a lot of stuff for early TV - especially radio shows that had been turned into television shows - like Arthur Godfrey and The Fat Man. Here's a small list of some of the radio shows he worked on:

He also composed the score to William Castle's Zotz:


This is real good. Do you have the rest of the LP that you can post?

John Hubbard

I've got high resolution cover shots of these gems on Flickr:

Steve Bowell

Some of Bernie Green's novelty tunes can be found on various nostalgia LP and cassette recordings of the Henry Morgan Show, for which he was music director.

On the "More Than You Can Stand" LP, of which I own a copy, is a note saying that a stereo version (never released on an LP) was available on San Francisco Tapes. That means a stereo master exists somewhere! Oh, please, let it not be wiped or crumbled into dust, so that the possibility exists of a CD edition someday.

A CD of the MAD magazine LP has been released, but the only copy I ever found was on -- would you believe -- RCA Records of Spain. I found it in a bargain bin in a now-defunct record store in Vancouver, Canada, where I produce a weekly mixed-bag radio show on a volunteer-run community FM station. Just the other night, as part of a show with a Western theme, I played Green's "Gunsmirk Suite."

Chuck Dee

I think there could be a wide audience for this particular type of music, as it certainly has a good natured, cartoon-like quality. I was happy to see this posted, as I was a fan of Mad Lps, and there simply isn't enough of this sort of stuff made. Thanks for the cool post. Keep diggin!

Mike Hughes

Does anyone have an accurate track listing for "More than you can stand", the back of the album or can you point me to a listing? My songs titles have various names that need to be corrected.

Bob Roehrig

The "More than you can stand" album was eventually released on a stereo LP (Barbary Coast BC 33015-S)

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