We've written about "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" on three other occasions, and the post that included Adele LaMont's 'foreign insert' nude scenes is probably the most popular one on this blog with a little over eleven thousand views, but we never have explored the life of the guy who played the monster, Mr. Eddie Carmel in much detail, so that's what I'm here to fix on this Wild Wednesday down in The Dungeon.
Lucky for all of us, a fine gentleman named Edward left a comment that included the links to the two sides of this 45 Eddie Carmel made in 1962 that was released on the Radar label.
There are no sides one or two, and this side was "The Good Monster."
Eddie's biographical information is printed on the bottom of this side, and states
(World's tallest man: 8'9", 545 lbs, 25 yrs old. With the world's deepest recording voices?)
Known as "The Jewish Giant," Eddie was born in Israel as Oded Ha-Carmeili in 1936, and his parents were both only 5'6" tall. He weighed an unbelievable 16 pounds at birth!
Eddie's height was greatly exaggerated at times like on this record, because he was really more like 7'3" tall.
As previously stated in one of the other posts, Eddie only ever had two acting gigs, but it seems he tried everything a seven foot guy in the 1960's could try at one time or another. From salesman to carnival side show act, to stand up comedy, Eddie knew somewhere there was a place for him. I even read somewhere but have not been able to substantiate it, that he was a wrestler for a while! At his size, it only makes sense.
"The Happy Giant," and instead of Eddie's stats, it stated the song was by Eddie Carmel with The Demons.This is a rockin'/swingin' number with Eddie laughing with that big booming voice of his.
As far as I can tell, this record is virtually impossible to find, so if you come across one, hang on to it!
According to Wikipedia, he was also in a band called Frankenstein and the Brain Surgeons.
These shots of a big man and a small car crack me up!
Because of the various medical conditions that caused him to be so large, they also shortened his lifespan, and unfortunately, Eddie only lived to be 36 years old.
How strange that a gentle giant is mostly only remembered for being a gruesome monster!
There are four copies of this record available on Discogs, starting with a worn out copy for $28.99, and going up all the way to $300.00 + shipping!
The flip side was a song called "Moccasin Rock."
Here's "THE WEB!"