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

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Introduction

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
(horn)
Yes tomorrow night, at the Darktown Strutter’s Ball
Taxi?
Some ball, some ball.

END OF SONG

Garry and Vince

Garry and Vince

Horn Horn

Vince playing a horn

Vince singing

Vince singing

Cymbal Panel clapping

Cymbal — Panel clapping

3 Responses to “Vince blue Mondi – One Man Band”

  1. Pat Mcandrews Poerlker says:

    I grew up in a town where Vince once owned a restaurant. I attended grammar school with his daughter Maryanne. We would play together in the familys quarters and sometimes listen to him perform from the wings. This audio and transcript brought back some wonderful memories for em. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane. Pat

  2. Phyllis Lian says:

    My father used to take me to Vinces resstraurant and watch him practiice before his show. My father knew Vincea long time because they were both musicians, It was so much fun to see him play. I also remember a blue cystall shiip. It was breath taking,

  3. Art Wade says:

    My Dad was a NYc Mounted Policeman in Manhattan and knew Vince. Had nothing but good things to say about him. In later years I met him in his Manhasset restaurant.

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