It's been more than a year since I dedicated a Wacky Wednesday to the Golden Throats.
Well, friend, that's too long!
What's a "Golden Throat?" you might ask. As I've said before:
Back in the '80s and '90s, when Rhino Records was actually a cool label, they released a series of albums called Golden Throats. These nutball compilations featured movie and TV stars, sports heroes and every stripe of cheesy celebrity singing ham-fisted versions of songs they had no business singing. Pop tunes, rock 'n' roll hits, country song, whatever. Nothing was sacred and nothing was safe from the Golden Throats.
Because of the exposure from the Rhino series, some of these unintentionally hilarious songsters became notorious and ironically hip. Think William Shatner -- the Elvis of the Golden Throats! -- and his over-the-top renditions of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Mr. Tambourine Man."
So, let's start today with Mamie Van Doren dissing the beatniks, as only Mamie could:
Another singing blonde bombshell of the mid 20th Century was Jayne Mansfield. Although her vocal talent wasn't her best-known attribute, it might not be fair to label her as a "Golden Throat." She was a classically trained violinist and pianist and she actually could sing.
Jack Nicholson sings "La Vie En Rose" in the 2003 movie Something's Gotta Give."
Super model -- but not so super singer -- Naomi Campbell meets T Rex
Finally, here are William Frawley and Vivian Vance -- who portrayed the beloved Fred & Ethel Mertz in I Love Lucy -- as OG Golden Throats in 1953. (Sorry, the person who posted this doesn't allow embeds. You have to click on "Watch on YouTube" in lower right corner.)