Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore 1936-2017

God, she was wonderful.

And how cool is it that the theme to her sitcom was written by one of Buddy Holly's Crickets?

You had spunk, Mary. Like Lou Grant, I hate spunk as a rule, but you made me like it.

UPDATE: This one is just fucking awesome.

[h/t Matt Mitchell]


Wally@thebeautifulmusic said...

Great stuff, hadn't heard the Joan Jett cover before. You should put a link to The Shambles cover also as they did a brilliant version

edward said...

Not only was Sonny Cutis a Cricket, he wrote I Fought The Law!

Mark said...

And that particular promo photo of MTM is great.

BG in Q said...

She really was adorable.

Jail Guru Dave said...

The Joan Jett cover is fantastic. Lean, muscular, and nice harmonies! Checks all the boxes for great power pop!

Anonymous said...

Mary Tyler Moore was lucky to have such great supporting casts on her two big CBS series. Without them, I don't think we'd care much about her.

Also, Sonny Curtis wasn't one of Buddy Holly's Crickets. He joined the Crickets after Buddy had moved to New York City and dropped the group as his backing band in favor of Tommy Allsup, Waylon Jennings and Carl Bunch.

VR - I Fought the Law was all he needed to do. Bobby Fuller Four's cover is my fave.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. After a day of tributes and clips, your comment is simply the best of them all.

God, she was wonderful.

Just perfect.

Anonymous said...

If you're a fan of Mary Tyler Moore and the classic 70s sitcom that bears her name, you should check out a book called MARY AND LOU AND TED AND RHODA: The BRILLIANT MINDS WHO MADE THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW... The author is Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (she's also just done a book on SEINFELD).

One of the interesting stories in it is about the theme song: when SONNY CURTIS played the song for the producers, they liked it and wanted to use it, but CURTIS insisted that if he they were going to use it, he had to sing it. Somebody (maybe Mary's business manager) also had ANDY WILLIAMS as a client and said they were going to offer it to him. CURTIS backed down a little and said basically, "OK. If you can get him, he can sing it, but otherwise I'm going to sing it." It was offered to WILLIAMS and he actually turned it down.

There's also a good story in the book about how they shot the opening sequence on the show, including that by-now classic throwing of the hat in the air by MTM.

Rest in peace, Ms. Moore.

J. Lag

John Werner said...

Best female rocker with that perfect snarl...J.J. rocks!