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(YouTube) Video The most 70's thing ever: Johnny Bench singing us some Jim Croce on "Hee Haw" in a pair of skin-tight lime green pants   (youtube.com) divider line 44
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2013-12-07 09:31:35 PM
I'm old enough to remember that.
*shudders*
Subby nails the headline.

/+1
 
2013-12-07 11:53:32 PM
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2013-12-07 11:54:17 PM
Also one of the whitest things you'll ever see.  I'm not sure who had worse rhythm- the guy right at the front, or boss hog on the barrel in back.
 
2013-12-08 12:03:45 AM
I met Johnny Bench in 1984 and he was one of the nicest celebrities I've ever run into.  My sister had been in a car accident and she was stuck at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati after surgery on her knee, and I offhandedly mentioned that I was going to visit her after meeting him.  He didn't come along, but he remembered my name and stopped by the next day to see my sister when the rest of us weren't there.  I'm not even sure if he was still living in Cincinnati when he did that.

He's a good man.  Then again, Pete Rose was really nice to me too, and by all accounts he's a raging asshole.
 
2013-12-08 01:55:07 AM
That was a neat find.  A trim, handsome, Johnny Bench in a velvet leisure suit.  Like the snoozing blood hound dog.
 
2013-12-08 02:01:27 AM
Pretty embarrassing, but he did get to put his arm around Barbi Benton...
 
2013-12-08 02:04:57 AM

Lsherm: I met Johnny Bench in 1984 and he was one of the nicest celebrities I've ever run into.


How many celebrities have you run into?  If you don't count autograph signings, I think I've only run into two and it wasn't random either since I was hanging out where they were playing concerts.

I'm not counting celebrity spotting either.  If I didn't go up and at least say "hi" to them, it doesn't count as meeting them.

Even if I did count autograph signings and just plain sightings it's probably a very low number.

Good find, subby.  Hee Haw is always good and so are Jim Croce covers.
 
2013-12-08 02:16:08 AM

gfid: How many celebrities have you run into?  If you don't count autograph signings, I think I've only run into two and it wasn't random either since I was hanging out where they were playing concerts.


I'm old, but I'd say I've "met" at least 16.  I count meeting as having a conversation and spending time with them.  And the meets were always random.

Johnny Bench was an easy one, though, since I grew up in Cincinnati.  He was at my church festival just walking around.
 
2013-12-08 02:16:32 AM
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2013-12-08 02:37:23 AM
I've heard other athletes do much worse.
 
2013-12-08 05:03:23 AM
Two thoughts:

1) Decent singing voice, better than I expected. Not great, but definitely not bad.

2) Don't let Seth MacFarlane find out about this.  "And now ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Conway Twitty Johnny Bench."
 
2013-12-08 05:43:15 AM
Rookie of the year. Two time MVP. Thirteen time All Star. Eleven time Golden Glove winner. The back stop of the Big Red Machine. "The Little General". He was my hero when I was playing little league ball. Those pants are awful.
 
2013-12-08 08:48:39 AM

red5ish: Rookie of the year. Two time MVP. Thirteen time All Star. Eleven time Golden Glove winner. The back stop of the Big Red Machine. "The Little General". He was my hero when I was playing little league ball. Those pants are awful.


Bench was my first hero, and is still my favorite all time player. Got to meet him a long time ago at an autograph/baseball card show. Took a picture with me, chatted for a bit, was great.
 
2013-12-08 09:02:32 AM
It took a while for my brain to comprehend what it just saw right now.  But now that I have some of my cognitive abilities back, Subby was right.  That was a lot of 70s right there.  And the singing voice wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Normally, when I hear "athlete" and "singing performance" together, I imagine the worst.  But that was tolerable.
 
2013-12-08 09:24:36 AM
Johnny standing and singing in all that loose grain...worst version of "Catcher in the Rye" ever.
 
2013-12-08 09:45:16 AM
Still not selling my Roy Clark Collectors Plates from the Franklin Mint.
 
2013-12-08 09:47:06 AM

unyon: Also one of the whitest things you'll ever see.  I'm not sure who had worse rhythm- the guy right at the front, or boss hog on the barrel in back.


That's Junior Samples.
 
2013-12-08 09:48:11 AM
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2013-12-08 09:52:27 AM

unyon: Also one of the whitest things you'll ever see.  I'm not sure who had worse rhythm- the guy right at the front, or boss hog on the barrel in back.


That's not boss hog, that's Junior Samples, a genuine Southern boy,  My house is on what used to be his family's farmland.
 
2013-12-08 10:20:09 AM

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2013-12-08 10:54:48 AM
What the fark were people on in the '70s?
 
2013-12-08 11:12:56 AM

The Smails Kid: What the fark were people on in the '70s?


the fumes from the polyester made us do strange things
 
2013-12-08 11:45:01 AM
I had such a crush on Johnny Bench when I was growing up.  He was my favorite baseball player and the Big Red Machine were my favorite baseball team.  And Johnny Bench does have a good singing voice.

But....those....pants....

Those.....green....skin-tight....pants....

No.

Just....farkin'....no.
 
2013-12-08 12:14:06 PM
My favorite Hee Haw thing is Grandpa Jones playing an entire song on different notes of Cowbells. Its got enough cowbell to satisfy Bruce Dickenson.
 
2013-12-08 12:17:12 PM

offacue: Hot


I'd wreck that so bad Gordon Lightfoot would write a song about it.
 
2013-12-08 12:53:46 PM

Oldiron_79: offacue: Hot

I'd wreck that so bad Gordon Lightfoot would write a song about it.


Funnayed
 
2013-12-08 02:52:46 PM

Oldiron_79: offacue: Hot

I'd wreck that so bad Gordon Lightfoot would write a song about it.


As soon as he's done finishing up the one he's writing about how my new guy gave me the best all nighter.
 
2013-12-08 04:00:10 PM

Waldo Pepper: The Smails Kid: What the fark were people on in the '70s?

the fumes from the polyester made us do strange things


Up With People !!!
 
2013-12-08 04:13:29 PM
Those conjuring up memories of Barbi Benton (great Gordon Lightfoot joke, BTW, Offacue!) might possible remember Hee-Haw's "All-Jug Band":

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x10asxm_hee-haw-s-all-jug-band_musi c
 
2013-12-08 04:27:52 PM

Great_Milenko: unyon: Also one of the whitest things you'll ever see.  I'm not sure who had worse rhythm- the guy right at the front, or boss hog on the barrel in back.

That's Junior Samples.


Ah, yes.  I haven't seen The 'Haw since the '70s.  Memory is a bit fuzzy.
 
2013-12-08 04:33:10 PM

unyon: Great_Milenko: unyon: Also one of the whitest things you'll ever see.  I'm not sure who had worse rhythm- the guy right at the front, or boss hog on the barrel in back.

That's Junior Samples.

Ah, yes.  I haven't seen The 'Haw since the '70s.  Memory is a bit fuzzy.


There was a whole lot of talent on that show and beauties rivaled Benny Hill's show beauties
 
2013-12-08 05:26:06 PM

Waldo Pepper: The Smails Kid: What the fark were people on in the '70s?

the fumes from the polyester made us do strange things


...and the acid!
 
2013-12-08 06:04:43 PM

Lsherm: I met Johnny Bench in 1984 and he was one of the nicest celebrities I've ever run into.  My sister had been in a car accident and she was stuck at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati after surgery on her knee, and I offhandedly mentioned that I was going to visit her after meeting him.  He didn't come along, but he remembered my name and stopped by the next day to see my sister when the rest of us weren't there.  I'm not even sure if he was still living in Cincinnati when he did that.


nope.  nothing creepy going on there.
 
2013-12-08 06:23:09 PM
He looks like the adult version of Alan, the kid Marcia Brady was supposed to go to her first dance with, but she got braces and he cancelled (she thought) because she turned ugly! ugly! ugly!, but then he fell off his bike and had to get his own braces.
 
2013-12-08 07:05:02 PM
Born in the mid 60's. I have to say that coming of age in the 70's was pretty goddamn awesome. If I could pick one part of my life to go back to, that would be it. Good times.

/ Hee Haw Fap Fuel.
 
2013-12-08 07:05:05 PM

stonelotus: nope.  nothing creepy going on there.


Things were different back in the 70's.  I think he was supposed to be at the hospital for publicity the next day, but he went the extra mile to try and cheer her up.
 
2013-12-08 07:08:58 PM
Bench's birthday was yesterday.  He's 66 years old.

/Feelin' old.
 
2013-12-08 07:54:30 PM
Hey Lana, Johnny Bench called
 
2013-12-09 03:42:33 AM

happydude45: red5ish: Rookie of the year. Two time MVP. Thirteen time All Star. Eleven time Golden Glove winner. The back stop of the Big Red Machine. "The Little General". He was my hero when I was playing little league ball. Those pants are awful.

Bench was my first hero, and is still my favorite all time player. Got to meet him a long time ago at an autograph/baseball card show. Took a picture with me, chatted for a bit, was great.


I never got to wear number 5. I wanted it so bad.
 
2013-12-09 03:56:42 AM

The Smails Kid: What the fark were people on in the '70s?


You see, son, sex wasn't invented until 1972.  So these folks were trippin' on pretendin' they were not having sex while everyone else was busy actually doing it.

/DNCTFL.  Already traumatized enough, thank you very much, by seeing HeeHaw live every week from rural Oklahoma.
 
2013-12-09 04:23:41 AM

OooShiny: sex wasn't invented until 1972


This is a fact. Sex was invented on June 6th, 1972. You can look it up.
 
2013-12-09 10:56:28 AM
He's not "singing", folks. That shiat was so unsynchronized, it might as well have been out of Hong Kong.
 
2013-12-09 11:01:49 AM
My first car (in 1988) was a '77 Chrysler Cordoba. It was a 2-door that was massive. When you accelerated it made a noise like the Enterprise going into warp
 
2013-12-09 12:50:47 PM

zarberg: My first car (in 1988) was a '77 Chrysler Cordoba. It was a 2-door that was massive. When you accelerated it made a noise like the Enterprise going into warp


Not many people know this, but the Enterprise was actually built on an old Chrysler frame. As proof, note the gigantic tail fins.
 
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