Sunday, January 15, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Billy Crystal
Song:You Look Mahvelous
Though Billy Crystal is famous as an actor and comedian, it might surprise folks that he has never recorded a stand up comedy album. But he did have a hit with his impersonation of Fernando Lamas on the song You Look Mahvelous. The 1985 album Mahvelous had the characters he was doing in 1985 on Saturday Night Live. It might also surprise folks that Crystal grew up in the jazz business. He was born Mar. 14, 1948 in New York City. His father Jack Crystal owned the jazz record store and label Commodore Records and his uncle was legendary jazz record producer Milt Gabler. So all these jazz musicians were at the house all the time. As most folks know, Crystal is a big New York Yankees fan and he wanted to be a professional baseball player. He was supposed to attend Marshall University on a baseball scholarship but the program was canceled. Crystal graduated from New York University in 1970 with a Bachelor Of Fine Arts. So he started working comedy clubs in New York. His impersonations of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell at a 1976 roast of Ali were so good that he appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live. This led to his role in the 1978 sitcom Soap. This led to films and a short lived TV variety show. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1984. His impersonations were so popular that A & M Records signed him to a record deal. You Look Mahvelous reached #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the video was in heavy rotation on MTV. So the album did well. But Crystal has never recorded another album and he became famous as an actor. He is also known for hosting the Oscar broadcast which he will do again this year. I don't think he will record again. Here's the video for You Look Mahvelous by Billy Crystal. This video is not on Youtube.