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Hardly Worthit Players - Boston Soul: Wilder Things 1967

On: Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bill Minkin, Dennis Wholey, Carol Morley, Steve Baron
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A trio of comedians who called themselves the Hardly Worthit Players recorded a parody version of the Troggs’ hit “Wild Thing” by impersonating Robert Kennedy and released it as by “Senator Bobby.” The chatter at the beginning of the song declares it “take 72,” and the fake engineer encourages the singer by telling him “All right, senator, this one’s for the Democrats, so let’s really hear it.” The song became a Top 20 hit, and many sang along with Bobby as he crooned, “Uh, Wild Thinga…you make my, uh, haaaart singa.”An entire album of Senator Bobby music was released with a cover that parodied the Beatles’ cover art for their 1965 album Rubber Soul. The 1967 Kennedy spoof album, to contrast, was called Boston Soul, and it featured Senator Bobby “singing” cover versions of pop hits like “Mellow Yellow,” “96 Tears,” and “Daydream.” Some of Senator Bobby’s political colleagues, including “Mr. President” (Lyndon Johnson) and “William Rebuttley, Jr.” (William F. Buckley, Jr.), joined the senator on several tunes.
Once again, however, the laughter died when Kennedy died. Robert Kennedy’s assassin also killed the last of the Kennedy parody records.

Nevertheless, these records remain as documents of the era and its political climate.
 -Excerpts from MediationGradClass

01 Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen, Gallant Men
02 Senator Bobby Kennedy - Wild Thing
03 Senator Bobby & Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen - Mellow Yellow

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