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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Classy Fred Blassie

Hard to believe that the legend that was Fred Blassie would've celebrated his 90th birthday a few weeks back. If he had lived to celebrate this milestone, no doubt he would've pooh poohed the whole longevity thing and spent the day berating anyone who had the audacity to inquire as to the secret to a long life. Sadly Fred passed at age 86 and we are left with sweet memories of this titan of the squared circle.
All hail the "Hollywood Fashion Plate"

His legendary accomplishments in the ring included the infamous 1962 feud with Japanese wrestling icon Rikidozan. Employing his gimmick of filing his teeth and gnawing on the Japanese hero's forehead and drawing massive amounts of blood, legend has it that this sight gave many viewers heart attacks and some reportedly croaked on the spot.

Of equal note is his stellar recording career which produced the seminal LP King of Men in 1977. As noted in the liner notes, "Although this is his first disc, he is already far and away the best singer in the country and will beat the crap out of anyone who disagrees"
US Male
Pencil Neck Geek (NSFW)

To learn more about the legend that was Blassie these sites are essential:
MySpace Page
The Other Arena Bio
Wrestling Museum

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Keir said...

Nothing about the cult classic collaboration with Andy Kaufman- My Dinner with Blasse?