Monday, March 08, 2010

They Stooge To Monkee

Today is my good friend, Micky Dolenz's birthday. He turns 65 today and is still going strong. As you read this, he is playing the role of Wilbur Turnblatt in the West End production of Hairspray in London, England. After that, he comes home to the US and this summer I will have the utmost privilege of playing a few gigs with him. To celebrate his birthday, I have asked The Three Stooges to personally wish him a Happy Birthday! Actually, it's just a coincidence. Back in 1961, in what has been touted as a unique marketing adventure, the Three Stooges recorded this birthday record in 238 different versions - one for each unique named child. So, you could purchase a 45-sized, 33 1/3-play record of the Three Stooges singing "Happy Birthday to You", personalized with your name. Sales were reported to be very slow, and with so many versions produced, stocking all of them was problematic. Production stopped soon thereafter. I was fortunate enough to find one of these in my travels for a measly $1.00. I share it with you now! As a bonus I've included the promo poster from the original release and an extra bonus Birthday song from the Stooges. Here is The Three Stooges with "Happy Birthday To Mickey". (yes I know Micky Dolenz spells his name without an e but what are you gonna do?!) Enjoy!

The Three Stooges-Happy Birthday To Mickey


Anonymous said...

Mr. Dartman,

Thanks for posting this! I've been looking for one of these forever, but have never come across one in my travels. Yippee!!

Anonymous said...

I too have been looking for this gem for eons. My brother had an original for his 12th birthday in 1963. Unfortunately, by the time I came across this on you website, the link is no longer valid. I would appreciate a repost or if you could possible email me a copy I would be forever in your debt. Email information is available pending response to this post.
Thank You!

Anonymous said...

Dartman could you please email me a copy of this I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!!

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