Things I Think About While Listening to Jose Feliciano

16 Mar

It is a good night. We had a great meal with great conversation. Now, Jose Feliciano is on the turntable. The only problem is that it is cold outside. We made it through an entire Winter, and it had decided to get cold in the middle of March. It seems that Spring has not yet sprung.

Heck, Jose is singing “California Dreamin'” and is talking about a Winter’s day. I know how he feels. This is no time to be sitting in the house wearing a hoodie. Yet, that is what I am doing. I am also thinking that it is time for a stream of consciousness.

Let us start with Jose himself. He sings the theme to a terrible Western that could have been great. Mackenna’s Gold stars Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif and a bunch of other big stars.

It is about the search for gold. It is also about Julie Newmar swimming nude. According to movie lore, she was supposed to wear something in the scene, but she shocked everyone by doing it for real.

By the way, the theme sung by Jose Feliciano is “Old Turkey Buzzard.”

For those not up on their 1960s television, Julie Newmar plays Catwoman on Batman, the campy version that stars Adam West. A lot of cool people play villains on that show. Burgess Meredith plays the Penguin. Eli Wallach plays Mr. Freeze. Why do I mention those two? They are also in Mackenna’s Gold.

Did I mention that it is a terrible Western that could have been great? The real problems are the special effects. Man, they look terrible, and I imagine that they looked terrible when it first came out. They should have gone natural like Julie does in the skinny dipping scene.

Jose also sang the theme song for Chico and the Man, a 1970s television show about a cranky old man and a Chicano man in his 20s. It stars Jack Albertson and Freddy Prinze. It also stars Scatman Crothers.

Scatman appears in a ton of movies and television shows, but Friday Foster is one of my favorites. It stars the fantastic Pam Grier, but it also had Eartha Kitt. Does anyone know what other role features Eartha Kit? She plays Catwoman on the the campy 1960s Batman.

Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt play the same character on the same television show. Lee Meriwether also plays that character in that version of the Caped Crusader, but that is another story for another time. We could let Barnaby Jones work his way through that mystery.

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5 Responses to “Things I Think About While Listening to Jose Feliciano”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong March 17, 2017 at 03:15 #

    Eartha Kitt was in a ton of movies. She started working young and didn’t stop until the year before she died. Amazing woman.

    There are a lot of movies like that. We bump into them on TV and wonder why we’ve never seen them. Then we watch a few minutes and we say, “OH, that’s why.” Amazing how awful you can make a movie even with some phenomenal stars.

    • Rick March 17, 2017 at 13:06 #

      We always remember the great movies of the stars. I think we should remember the bad ones, too.

      • Marilyn Armstrong March 17, 2017 at 15:48 #

        Mostly, Garry does … but a few really dreadful ones haves slipped gently from his consciousness and only a quick reminder makes him realize that he has forgotten. On purpose.

  2. jcalberta March 24, 2017 at 07:26 #

    Yeah … McKenna’s Gold. A pretty odd movie. So odd that I’m hesitant to even call it a Western. But it has Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif – and some of those other folks you mentioned. Not short on Star Power. And that song by Jose? What the heck is that? There must be some interesting trivia on that movie …

    • Rick March 25, 2017 at 02:56 #

      It is a different kind of movie.

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