Vince blue Mondi – One Man Band
Original Airdate: 02/09/1959
Panel: Johnny Carson, Bess Myerson, Henry Morgan, Betsy Palmer
Host: Garry Moore
Guest: Vince Mondi
This doesn’t contain any of the questioning of course, it’s just the song (but if you’re wondering, one of Vince’s secrets was that he was going to be the orchestra on Henry Morgan’s TV show). I transcribed the lyrics below (originally with a lot of missing lines). The lyrics were fixed by Faustine, who also commented, “This is a corny old Vaudville-type song from way back…the ‘Darktown Strutter’s Ball’. Hope this helps!” Thanks Faustine!
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Lyrics “Darktown Strutter’s Ball”
(fixed by Faustine)
Garry Moore: You’re on.
Vince blue Mondi: I’m on…and here we go.
Hello, hello. Hello, taxi? (honk honk) You know you can’t get a cab in New York? Did you know that?
(starts playing and singing)
Well I’ll be down to get you in a taxi honey
You’d better be ready about half past eight
Now honey, don’t be late
I wanna be there when the band starts playin’
‘member, when we get there honey
The two-steps I’m goin’ to have ’em all
Goin’ to dance out both my shoes
When they play the “Jelly Roll Blues”
Oh tomorrow night, at the Darktown Strutter’s Ball
Yes tomorrow night, at the Darktown Strutter’s Ball
Some ball, some ball.
END OF SONG