Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Steve Allen, Mr. Versatility

If I would choose an entertainment legend to emulate, it would be Steve Allen. This man was the ultimate in talent. He was the one who started the legendary tv show "Tonight". He published 54 books, wrote 8,500 songs (!), recorded multiple albums as a pianist, and was married to the beautiful Jayne Meadows. Not too long ago he was featured on a stamp (which is pictured here).

He passed away in 2000, but before that gave several concerts here in Florida. I was lucky enough to attend two of them.
His piano playing was very much easy listening style and the audiences loved it. His wit was always refreshing. I loved it when he said that the more "modern" songs are just as lovely as the older ones. He said he would recite some lyrics to prove his point. He then proceeded to play "Glory Glory Hallelujah" on the piano as he recited "Hot stuff, baby....I want some hot stuff baby....tonight......." with all the appropriate pauses that would make Jack Benny proud. Apparently he had been doing this satirical shtick for years...Here's a clip from the 1950s!

Here's one of the clever songs he wrote in the 1950s for the McGuire Sisters, a novelty tune called Banana Split. I dare you to listen and not smile! Here's another song "The Gravy Waltz" you might get a kick out of!

Here are a few clips of his television appearances. Click here for a black a white classic and here for a cool color show from 1960 (wait until you see his convertible...wow...1960 Plymouth Fury).

For more info on this multi talented icon, visit his website by clicking here.

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