I had planned on doing a post called “Two Guys Named Joe” (Wurtzelbacher vs. Soptic), but by yesterday afternoon, that story had already come and gone, so I didn’t want to expend any more energy on it.
I came up with the title of the post because it sounded kinda like “Five Guys Named Moe“, which then made me remember a live stage performance I saw on TV many, many years ago, which then reminded me of a really cute song called “Your Feet’s Too Big“.
As it turns out, that song – and the performance that I saw all those years ago - actually was from the Tony-award-winning Broadway show “Ain’t Misbehavin‘”, which aired on NBC in 1982 (and re-aired on Bravo in 1999).
Thanks to the Internet, I was able to find that performance; unfortunately, there are no good copies of it available for purchase. YouTube is the ONLY place that I was able to find it. It’s a real shame, too, because it is a wonderful show with lots and lots of great music, done by the original cast (Nell Carter, Andre Deshields, Armelia MacQueen, Ken Page, Charlayne Woodard, and arranger/pianist Luther Henderson).
Here is the delightful Ken Page performing Fats Waller’s immortal “Your Feet’s Too Big” ( click on picture to see video – and definitely watch it on Full Screen Mode):
Wasn’t that fun?
If you have the time to invest, I highly recommend watching the YouTube videos that are available from this show – the music is fantastic, even if the video quality isn’t the best. I’ve compiled all of the clips from AintMisbehavinFan in chronological order for you here:
Part 1 of 12 - “Ain’t Misbehavin”, “Lookin Good but Feelin Bad”, “‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business”
Part 2 of 12 - “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Squeeze Me”
Part 3 of 12 - “Handful of Keys”, “I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Fallin’”
Part 4 of 12 - “How Ya, Baby”, “Ladies Who Sing With The Band”, “Yacht Club Swing”
Part 5 of 12 - “When The Nylons Bloom Again”, “Cash for Your Trash”, “Off-Time”
Part 6 of 12 - “The Joint Is Jumpin”,”Spreadin’ Rhythm Around”,”Loungin’ at the Waldorf”
Part 7 of 12 - “The Viper’s Drag”
Part 8 of 12 - “Mean To Me”, “Your Feet’s Too Big”
Part 9 of 12 - “That Ain’t Right”, “Keepin’ Out Of Mischief”
Part 10 of 12 - “Find out What They Like”, “Fat And Greasy”
Part 11 of 12 - “Black And Blue”
Part 12 of 12 - “Finale”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Reprise)”
You can purchase the soundtrack on Amazon in either the CD or the MP3 format. I looked for a DVD copy, but it appears that NBC still owns the rights to the televised performance. I don’t know why it isn’t available for purchase; there may be copyright and/or estate issues that prevent them from releasing this show to the general public.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!
Have a great day – :P