Saturday, December 10, 2011

Girl Talk- Bobby Troup, Julie London, Howard Roberts

This is no doubt one of the most sexist songs ever written, and this video just amplifies that a hundred fold. But it's done with such style and panache that ya just gotta love it. This song clip, 15 years or so before the term "music video" came along, was done by M*A*S*H director Robert Altman for a TV special in 1966.
I've always liked the tune, and had two versions in my collection before I even knew it had lyrics. The music is by Neal Hefti (the Batman Theme and many light jazz pieces) with words by Troup.
Robert William "Bobby" Troup Jr. (October 18, 1918 - February 7, 1999) was an American actor, jazz pianist and songwriter. He's probably best known for writing the song ""(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66". He also was a TV actor, playing a doctor on the 70s show "Emergency". I liked his guest shot on Perry Mason as a murdering beatnik.
He was married to Emergency co-star Julie London, who did a more popular version of the song.

Here is the Howard Roberts instrumental version that was a favorite in my playlist for years before I knew there were lyrics.

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