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    Default Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    Who knew that Sid Caesar could actually play? This is truly a live performance as well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkMl3-Rmjt8
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    Default Re: Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    Wow - hot solo! He was rockin'. I have to go back and see what he was doing on those high notes, that 'warbling' effect. I thought I had heard everything, but I hadn't heard that. I had forgotten that he was a sax player. I bet he was a lot better when he was playing regularly - I think this video comes at a time when he was still young but had given up playing for his comedy career. He must have already had his TV show at that time.

    Oh, I see, he's trilling the side key on quarter notes in the area of D3 to Bb3 - a very fast trill, might be using two fingers on it. Pretty neat trick.

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    Default Re: Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    Sid did a skit on the old Flip Wilson program where he played a hipster tenor player named "Progress Hornsby". It was great.

    BTW/ the band on that old Flip Wilson Show ( about 1969-1971) was full of killer players, including amazing sax player Anthony Ortega.
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    Well I'm not surprised. After all he was a saxophonist before getting into comedy and TV. He had been in the Coast Guard Band just before and during the first half of the war, and also played with Shep Fields, Claude Thornhill, Charlie Spivak, Art Mooney and Benny Goodman.

    Fred MacMurray, Anthony Quinn, Lou Costello, Ozzie Nelson and Groucho Marx were a few other celebs who were working sax players before becoming famous for other talents.
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    Default Re: Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    And Rudy Vallee

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    Default Re: Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    Quote Originally Posted by Watsonp143 View Post
    And Rudy Vallee
    I didn't include him because he was known through most of his career as a musician/crooner, despite later forays into acting. The others are noted primarily for non musical pursuits through the better part of their careers.
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    Default Re: Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    I think "Progress Hornsby" debuted in Mad Magazine #48, July '59. I seem to remember he had an air conditioner in his sax so he could play "cool".
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    Fred MacMurray, Anthony Quinn, Lou Costello, Ozzie Nelson and Groucho Marx were a few other celebs who were working sax players before becoming famous for other talents.
    And don't forget Alan Greenspan!
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    Default Re: Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    Quote Originally Posted by shotgun View Post
    And don't forget Alan Greenspan!
    I didn't know that one!
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    Default Re: Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    And Floogie Dooley!!!

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    Default Re: Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Giardullo View Post
    Sid did a skit on the old Flip Wilson program where he played a hipster tenor player named "Progress Hornsby".…
    I didn't know that. His "name" on the 1950s TV show was "Cool Cees".
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    Default Re: Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    I knew Rudy Vallee was a musician in the Coast Guard during WWII, but I don't remember knowing that about Sid Caesar. This link http://www.uscg.mil/history/FAQS/sidcaesar.asp says he studied saxophone at Julliard which seems highly suspect, as I doubt that Julliard taught saxophone in the 1930s. I also did not realize that Sid Caesar is still alive at 90.

    I don't know if everyone here realizes that you need to be at least 6' tall to join the Coast Guard - so you can walk ashore if your ship goes down.

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    Default Re: Sid Caesar plays a tenor solo with Benny Goodman's band!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rackety Sax View Post
    I knew Rudy Vallee was a musician in the Coast Guard during WWII, but I didn't remember knowing that about Sid Caesar. This link http://www.uscg.mil/history/FAQS/sidcaesar.asp says he studied saxophone at Julliard which seems highly suspect, as I doubt that Julliard taught saxophone in the 1930s. I also did not realize that Sid Caesar is still alive at 90.

    I don't know if everyone here realizes that you need to be at least 6' tall to join the Coast Guard - so you can walk ashore if your ship goes down.
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