When I was growing up in Memphis Tn one of my favorite things to do was to listen to records. Yes the old 33 and a 1/3 got a workout at my house , listening to everything from the Beatles to The Tempataions, and Elvis. We even listened to the Soundtrack to the Sound of Music ! But that is a story for another time.
One of my favorite albums was a comedy album by” The Smothers Brothers”. i had been watching them on Ed Sullivan for years and they never failed to make me laugh. Then “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” hit the TV and I was hooked. I loved the humor, the folk music but ,most of all I enjoyed the goofy Tommy Smothers.
As I got older, I got to realize goofy Tommy was and is a brilliant man with the spoken word. The brothers did so much to protest the Vietnam War and Racial tensions back in the 60″s and 70’s and standing up for what they believed in cost them the TV show and CBS fired them..
But the comic genius of Tommy Smothers has always inspired me, I would recite word for word his comedy routines for myself and my friends and family. You can ask my wife I still do!
Several years ago a friend in Laughlin Nv who is friends with Tom asked me if I would like to interview him?????? WOULD I!!!!!!!!!! and in a couple of hours I was on the phone with one of my all time favorite performers. We talked about comedy and the roll of Dick Smothers in there duo. Then I asked Tom about John Lennon and the Lost Weekend. A part of Rock and Roll History.
Here is the interview :
When people ask me about what I have done in radio, I tell them about the day I talked with Tom Smothers and being so hyped up that i was floating on a cloud all day. Tom even asked me to check out a You Tube video because he wanted my thoughts on putting this back into the act. ME! Dave Denton just a fan and he wanted to know what I thought.
I thought I would add a video of Tom as THE YO YO MAN