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Friday, July 04, 2008

The Poley McClintock Sound Machine

Drummer Poley McClintock was surely the inspiration for the voice of Popeye in the Max Fleischer cartoons of the 1930s. Poley's gravelly voice punctuated many of the novelty tunes recorded in the late 20s through the 50s by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians. I'll have to blame Twindowlicker for my case of Poley Fever (which sounds much more indelicate than I had intended); she has several links to Waring songs and videos featuring Poley for your enjoyment.

So naturally the Poley McClintock Sound Machine, which instantly generates Poley clips at a moment's notice, was of great amusement to me for veritable....minutes. So if you think you would derive great pleasure from a froggy-throated fella singing "I say it's spinach and to hell with it", this is absolutely the site for you.

And really, isn't this the sort of thing our Founding Fathers had in mind when they fought and died for America's Independence?

Image found at the Library of Congress site. Poley is the drummer, on the far left.