The Ultra Cool Telly Savalas and the Countrified Jack Palance
Growing up I knew exactly who Telly Savalas was. So did every kid on the block. He was Kojak. His face was on the candy box down at the corner store hawking lollipops. Even as a kid I knew he carried a bigger than life aura around him that was kind of fun.
More importantly he was a member of The Dirty Dozen!
As for singing, I vaguely remember he dabbled. Thanks to the era we live in we can seek out these memories on line. So here you for your viewing and listening pleasure is Telly and a song we knew in our house because it had been on the country charts by Don Williams.
Then there is the biting whisper of Jack Palance as he appeared on the Porter Wagoner Show singing a country standard to help market his new LP at the time.
Jack was always one of the tough guys I loved seeing on tv growing up on the late show or on Ripleys where his voice meshed perfectly with the topics. As I got older I learned to appreciate his brand of over the top ham that he could emote when not reigned in by a firm hand behind the camera. It’s these over the top performances that I will be featuring for five straight days later this month.
I hope you’ll check back to see the Five Eerie Days of Jack Palance fest as we head towards Halloween that will be starting October 20th.
Here’s Jack on the Porter show and an added version of a Country Standard.