Who was the first comedian to release an album in the 1960s?
Plenty of comedians had released albums in the 1950s, but Bob Newhart was the first one to really make a huge splash in the record-buying world. With a few exceptions, comedy albums weren’t huge sellers during the 1960s, yet a whole bunch of ‘em were recorded and released.
Who are some famous comedians from the 60s?
Laff Records was the label that really cemented the party record genre in the 60s. Comedians recorded on this blue comedy label included: Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Lawanda Page – along with Pipe Layin Dan, Tina Dixon, Skillet & Leroy, and Richard & Willie (a ventriloquist who was described as “Pryor with a dummy”).
What was the most popular novelty song of the 1950’s?
TOP 100 NOVELTY HITS. The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley – 1958. The Chipmunk Song – The Chipmunks – 1958. The Thing – Phil Harris – 1950. Witch Doctor – David Seville – 1958. St. George and the Dragonet – Stan Freberg – 1953. Monster Mash – Bobby (Boris) Pickett – 1962. It’s in the Book – Johnny
Who was the first comedian to have a party record?
Take the 1940’s-era classic: The Urinal. Party records became a phenomenon shortly after Los Angeles doo-wop label Dooto began producing records by then stand-up comedian Redd Foxx in 1955. Foxx’s record, Laff of the Party, sold 250,000 units, which solidified the medium. Between 1956 and 1958, Foxx released an uncanny 14 comedy albums.
Who are some of the greatest comedy albums of all time?
In the 1960s, comedy albums were totemic, regularly beating out Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett for Album of the Year Grammys. In the 1970s, guys like Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx inspired the flows of hundreds of rappers who rifled through their parents’ record collections.
Who was the most popular comedian in the 1960s?
The Smothers Brothers were a pretty hot property throughout the 1960s. They toured regularly and made countless television appearances, culminating with their renowned, controversial, and ultimately cancelled Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. They also released some great albums.
What was the first comedy album I got?
“The first comedy album I got was Gilda Radner Live from New York, and I used to do all her routines. Her comedy was entirely character driven, and was a big influence on my improv and sketch work. Then I brought all that with me to Stand-Up.”