April 17, 2009

VIKKI CARR: IT MUST BE HIM



Like Ike and Tina's ROLLING ON THE RIVER, this was such a massive, inescapable hit from my childhood that I guess I never noticed how twisted and sever her chunky frosted highlights were--more like stripes, really. And this gal is still touring! Here's a pic from her fansite from 2002 and she looks terrific.



I thought she kind of came out as a mexican after her career died down, but she did record a Spanish-titled album as early as 1970 with many more to come. I could be wrong about this, but I think that the US wasn't ready for an hispanic diva like Charo or J-Lo yet so they homogenized her ethnicity at first. My memory can get clouded by the mexican valium I just popped.

This tidbit's from her WIKIPEDIA entry, which is worth digging around for trivia. Her first album was called COLOR HER GREAT, another DON'T BREAK MY PRETTY BALLOON and one featured liner notes by Ethel Merman!

Carr also achieved the rare feat of singing for five presidents during her career: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. Ford writes in his autobiography, A Time to Heal, that when Carr appeared at the White House, she asked the president, "What Mexican dish do you like?" His response: "I like you." He goes on to write that the First Lady was not pleased: "Betty overheard the exchange, and needless to say, she wasn't wild about it."

I wasn't old enough to hit the clubs during her height, but the story-song is so dramatic that I'm sure that the drag queens of the day must have lip-synched the hell out of it, complete with a princess phone as a prop. Personally, I love the idea of starting, as Vikki does in the clip below, while seated and standing up for the chorus! Watch for this trick in my upcoming shows!

7 Comments:

Anonymous diva/jim said...

the best take-off of viki carr's famous hit was by cgarles pierce. i don't know if it is still available, but i saw it at amovie theatre in the 70's. it was a collection of pierce's acts, i think.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

I want that fuzzy polka dot thing.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Star Queen said...

i'm waiting for her to bust out a cabbage patch there at the end

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Vikki Carr single from 1964 in Spanish, and she recorded her first top 5 Aussie hit He's A Rebel in Spanish in 1962, so who started the theory Vikki started Spanish recordings after her career faded? No way Jose, I wish those who write about her know more about her. Vikki's appeal never faded, she became an International Performer still performing to sold out audiences throughout the world. PS Also has been honored with 4 GRAMMY awards during her living legend career.

Kathy

Thank you for featuring such a super woman as Vikki here.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lady Bunny, first off love your sense of hunor. Glad to read that singers as great as Miss Carr is still performing with SRO audiences as stated by Kathy. I read parts of Vikki's fansite online and was
quite taken with all the information. Those who run her site great job! Lady Bunny you sure picked a winner here with Vikki Carr on your blog! In Japan Vikki has remained one of our favorite female entertainers in both English and Spanish.

Tim Wu
Japan

5:08 PM  
Blogger fanovicar said...

I just went to see Vikki in Ca. last month. She is better than ever. Most lady singers start having voice problems at this age. Vikki's voice is stronger than it was 10 yrs ago. She has only more beautiful with age. She just glows!

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