Papa, Play for Me
The Autobiography of Mickey Katz
Sales Date: 2002-07-17
288 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in
The heartwarming autobiography of a vintage Jewish comedian, with a new introduction highlighting his relevance to contemporary culture and cultural studies.
Mickey Katz (1909 - 1985), a Jewish comedian and musician, is best known for his parodies — "Theme from Moulin Rouge (Where is My Heart)" became "Where is My Pants?", "(How Much is that) Doggie in the Window" became "Pickle in the Window" — incorporating Yiddish words and accents. His very first English-Yiddish recording, "Haim afen Range," was an instant hit and he went on to record ninety singles and ten albums for RCA and Capitol. Father of performer Joel Grey and grandfather of actress Jennifer Grey, Mickey Katz's irreverent blend of Jewish story-telling, vaudeville routines, African-American jazz, Jewish klezmer and popular dance band music have had a lasting impact on American culture. In this rollicking autobiography, first published in 1977 and reissued here with a new introduction, the King of the Borscht Capades talks frankly about politics, music, family, identity and show business.
Foreword by Joel Grey
Introduction by Josh Kun
An Now- Heeerrrrrre's Mickey!
A Kitten is Born
Worms in the Big Apple or Oy Vey- It's Louis & Kay!
The Steamer Goodtime Shook, Rattled and Rolled
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? City Slickers and Shikkers
Hold that Tiger, Hal Zeiger
We Ring the Bell at the Wilshire Ebell-Papa and Son Joel
Of Dice and Men-Also Broads…Next Stop-Las Vegas!
I Meet Some Alter Cockneys and Ronnie Calls Collect
Nuptials for Yossel (Joel) and Katz in the Katzkills
What Am I Doing in Africa!
Grace's Faces and Meyer the Friar
My Son, the Computer, and Everybody Gives Katz de Clap
Mickey Katz Discography
""In Kun's hands, the story of Mickey Katz and America's reaction to him sheds light on a number of intriguing issues that are at the center of scholarly debate today: issues about identity and ethnicity, about the role of the popular artist in society, about the functions (and limits) of satire. Josh Kun's introductory essay is outstanding.""~Shelley Fisher Fiskin, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
"The warm and witty story of a man who has long been a part of Jewish American entertainment. I liked it lox, stock and bagel."~George Burns