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Where was I on May 11-12? A cryptic diary offers clues*

- May 11th, 2012

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An undated photo of John Aylesworth, courtesy of amazon.com

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My copy of Let’s Work Together is less funky than this image, courtesy of helium.lunarpages.com

Bought Kinks’ Greatest Hits

May 11, 1967

Recorded Soundtrack
May 11, 1968

Bought ‘Let’s Work Together’
May 11, 1970

Rainy Day, Go Away
Watched Telescope **
On the Canadians who write Hulla-
May 12, 1966

Films Shown at ALPHA.
Went up to Farm – Cardwell’s Bush.
May 12, 1968

Lunch in Park.
3 Minutes Silence in English.
May 12, 1970

The Canadians who wrote  for Hullaballoo were apparently the late John Aylesworth and Frank Peppiatt — Aylesworth went on to Hee Haw. Hullaballoo was a daytime variety show . . . had the Byrds, the Kinks & many others on. Telescope was a CBC-TV show.

Here’s what Rich Little had to say about their role in his career (via classicshowbiz.blogspot.com)

Oh, yes. Frank Peppiatt and John Aylesworth were comedy writers for television that played a big part in my career. A big part. They wrote me a nightclub act and got me on a lot of shows in Toronto. Variety shows. And they eventually got me on The Jimmy Dean Show in New York and The Judy Garland Show in Hollywood, and Kopycats and The Julie Andrews Hour.

Kliph Nesteroff: They were already working in the States.
Rich Little: Yes, they came down and started writing for Perry Como and specials for Bing Crosby. Some of the top shows.
JBNBlog couldn’t find a trace of the actual Telescope ep . . . but Frank & John, we salute you for making it big in the USofA, long before so many others. Did your scripts ever say “groovy?”
Meanwhile, back on Huron St., the band with Chris Dewdney, Nick Kent and Patrick Jeffery and me on bass recorded a soundtrack for our Wizjoorn (or maybe Wizjourn) 8mm film . . . any resemblace to Magical Mystery Tour was not coincidental. Patrick played some lovely guitar & I nearly screwed it up with clunky piano (inept, really) . . . too much Brian Wilson via Crawdaddy, thinking I was the group genius.
Fortunately when we were screening our little epic at Alpha Centre the next day, I had the sense to gesture madly to Peter Collie who was able to kill the piano part of the tape & just as the movie switched scenes, so did the soundtrack . . . classic good luck! Is that film anywhere about . . . the band is not likely to reunite ever, but we could show the film as an example of which three future stars (Chris, Nick & Patrick) were up to back in the day.
Wilbert Harrison’s other great hit is Kansas City . . . I remember the Rolling Stone praise for this one saying he yells something incomprehensible like: “Mustack!” What? Does anybody know what Wilbert is saying at that moment in Let’s Work Together?

*An occasional series based on a v. cryptic diary kept as a pen&ink forerunner to JBNBlog during the late 1960s, when our family lived in London, Stratford (parts of summers of 1966 & 1967), Victoria, B.C. (July 4, 1968-July 4, 1969) and then London again until June, 1970 when I was in Grade 13.

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