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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mickey Katz Knows Herring

Mickey Katz (June 15, 1909 - April 30, 1985) was an American Jewish comedian who received his first moments of fame in the 1940s as a member of Spike Jones and His City Slickers. He later went on to perform his own parodic musical revue and recorded highly popular “ethnic” comedy albums on the Capitol record label, where he would perform English-Yiddish parody songs.

Growing up in the 60s, our family listened to Mickey constantly and one of our all-time favorite songs was "Herring Boats". Check it out................

Saturday, April 7, 2012

In Praise of the Silver Darlings


by Frederick Schroer of Portland Oregon

It was a fine and a pleasant day,
In a Safeway store I was faring,
And I walked for miles up and down the aisles,
As I hunted for the shelves of herring.

O the carts were few and the lines were long,
And the people, sure they took some bearing.
There was little kindness and the kids were many,
As I hunted for the shelves of herring.

O I took my catch to a ten-item line,
And at me the clerk she sure was swearing;
For I'd a hundred cans of the silver darlings
That I'd taken from the shelves of herring!

Now for six long months I've been eating fish,
And my house it sure could use an airing!
And now I know, never again I'll go
To hunt for the shelves of herring!