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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Joe Vento

I have been absent from blogging for a while but there are couple things that came up recently I would like to mention.  First off, Joe Vento who was involved in the Three Suns for many years after Morty Nevins retired from touring has received a lot of press of late including the Column One on the front page of the Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-c1-vegas-piano-man-20131231-dto,0,2493843.htmlstory#axzz2pH1f9qN9
   Personally, I don't believe Joe is 95 years old but who knows.

Secondly, I watched "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" over the holidays.    During one sequence with Randy Quaid's character the song "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" plays.    It consists of an Accordion and Tuba.    This sounds somewhat close to Charles Albertine's arrangement on "Ding Dong Daddy Christmas" album of the Three Suns.   Unlike many of the songs on the soundtrack, this was a recording made especially for the movie so I wonder if it was created for the movie because somehow producers couldn't get the rights or RCA couldn't find a master tape or similar reasons. It's a shame the filmmakers didn't use the original recording for whatever reason so that the legacy of the Three Suns could live on.