After last week’s brief detour into anniversary celebrations, it’s back to the Groovy Friday Summer Fun Fest. And who is more summer than Frankie Avalon? OK, Annette Funicello, of course. And the Beach Boys. But Frankie Avalon makes you think of surf and sand. Unfortunately, in this clip, he’s on a lake with no surf and no sand.
This is the title song from the hilarious 1963 Bob Hope film “I’ll Take Sweden,” and I say “hilarious” in the sense that it’s hilariously bad, like so many of Hope’s films in the 1960s. Sad, really. If you want to appreciate him, watch his early films. He’s brilliant. But by 1960, his movie shtick was wearing thin. Still, he was a vibrant entertainer for decades after the 60s and lived to be 100 years old.
Meanwhile Frankie’s still alive, celebrating birthday number 76 next month.
Have a groovy weekend!