Monday, February 11, 2008

Dickie Goodman - The Flying Saucer (Pt. 1) - cell ring tone

I found this, from 1952. It’s Flying Saucer (Parts 1 and 2) by Dickie Goodman and Bill Buchanan, who:
using techniques that dated back to the golden age of radio, created a splash with a new kind of record, the "Break-in." Break-ins used pre-recorded songs at various points during the record. Buchanan and Goodman employed major hits of 1955-56 to create "Flying Saucer (Parts 1 and 2)," a reinterpretation of Orson Welles' radio program "The War of the Worlds." This new version of the story of flying saucers invading earth was far more funny than frightening. Audiences agreed, and sales of the record soared to #3 on the Billboard charts.
Their schtick went like this:
Part 1

Instrumental opening--“Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” Joe Turner

(spoken) We interrupt this record to bring you a special bulletin. The reports of a flying saucer hovering over the city have been confirmed. The flying saucers are real.

"Too real when I feel what my heart can´t conceal..."--“The Great Pretender,” The Platters

(spoken) That was The Clatters recording, Too Real. We switch you now to our on the spot reporter downtown.

"C´mon baby let´s go downtown..."--“The Wallflower,” Etta James
For example. Hey, cool music at least; Etta James, The Patters, etc.

(Maybe Greg Bishop or Adam Gorightly has a recording of this somewhere!)


Adam Gorightly said...

I'm familiar with this song. It was the brainchild of Billy Goodman (aka Dickie Goodman), host of the legenday "Blly Goodman Happening" which I use to listen to back in the day.

During the period Billy was doing his show in Vegas, he was in competition with Art Bell who was also doing a show there during their period, both on them deep into the whole Area 51 thing that had exploded on the scene. In fact, I beleive it was Billy who was really the first one who interviewed Lazar, Lear and Bill Cooper when all that weirdness started. I just happened on the show one weird late night in the late eighties and got instantly addicted. I would love to find someone who has recordings of these shows...One night, in fact, Bill play this song in your post...Now you know the rest of the story.

Regan Lee said...

Thanks Adam, I knew you'd come through!