Saturday, July 4, 2015

ROSIE THE RIVETER - Cappy Barra Boys and The Smoothies Trio (1943)

Happy Independence Day 2015!
We can do this!

If you don't know the story of "Rosie The Riveter" then your history school teacher did a pretty shitty job! When all the men went off in World War II, the only workforce America had to turn to was it's women, and they proved way back then that they were perfectly capable of doing anything a man could do, and maybe even better! "Rosie The Riveter" was the classic example!

This is just a three minute short that is probably viewable on YouTube, I didn't even bother checking! The copy I have was downloaded from the Internet Archive! This is a great little swingin' tune, and  an early precursor to MTV music videos that features The Smoothies, who were known individually as Babs, Charlie, and Little, doing the vocals with backup by the fantastic Cappy Barra Harmonica Boys! They just don't make music like this anymore!
Hit It Boys!!!

I love these two shots, the guys look like they're eating weird cobs of corn! Munch, munch, crunch, crunch!

Here's The Smoothies!

For some reason the character of Rosie remains unidentified unless one of you knowledgeable readers know who she was!

When I started this blog back in 2007, I thought it would be cool to listen to music from films never released as an audio recordings, so that's why we like to present you with an mp3, so you can listen to the music on a music player of some sort without having to watch a video! The Buggles said "Video Killed The Radio Star," but to my knowledge, nobody ever made the followup that would have been titled "Video Killed The Video Star!" Sometimes you just don't need, or have time for a video!

Ring around the Rosie! She probably should have been President a long time ago!

"Rosie The Riveter" was an American icon based on real workers like Rosie Bonavita and Rosalind P. Walter! A full blown movie was released in 1944 starring Jane Frazee!
So, there you go, Happy Fourth Of July to all! 
For the next couple of weeks I'm going on a literal vacation, and will be gone a lot, so instead of just hanging up the 'Gone Fishin' sign, I'm going to stick to my cartoon format; something I might have time for, so tune in, or tune out, it's your choice! Thanks to Rosie and all the gals like her, it's actually still a free country!

1 comment:

Grant said...

That poster has a great "cheesecake" look to it.

I've never been very familiar with Frank Albertson, but I've always liked him and Ann Miller as the love interests in ROOM SERVICE with the Marx Brothers. That's one Marx Brothers movie that makes the love interest couple as comical as everyone else in the story.

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