Sunday, August 10, 2008
Sunday Morning 78's and Such: Benny Bell
Benny Bell was a comedic songwriter whose career began in the 1940's.
He was born Benjamin Samberg and, just as with Herschel Krustofski , his father had hoped that he become a rabbi rather than performing in vaudeville and recording music.
He is best remembered for his double entendre party records which were quite racy for the era. Although a true musical innovator, Bell languished in total obscurity until his recording of "Shaving Cream" became a fluke hit almost 30 years after its initial 1946 release.
Note: This is the sixth installment in a series which has evolved to be known as "Sunday Morning 78's and Such".There were four posts already before I noticed the pattern and decided to make it a series.