Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Musical Interlude: Classical Gas (1968)

Mason Williams netted three Grammy awards for his 1968 hit, "Classical Gas". It may be his only Top 40 hit, but it became a phenomenon all by itself. Scope out this clip from The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour:

Williams also earned an Emmy for his work on the show as a writer, and is the genius behind Pat Paulsen's faux run for President in 1968. Williams also was the one who hired a relative unknown onto the show as a fellow writer, and watched him become a bigger star. That man was Steve Martin, who today would be more likely to hunker down and do a duet with Williams on "Gas", albeit with Martin on banjo........

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