6/18/11

Spend a Minute with Redd Foxx


I don't care how bad a day I'm having, Redd Foxx takes me out of it.  His jokes are funny; however, there's something about his delivery and demeanor that just catapults his routine into the stratosphere. Sanford & Son is one of my all time favorite shows, but even better are the albums he put out in the sixties and seventies. I'd love to have been in a club where Redd Foxx was holding court; however, these old records will have to suffice.

Take a listen to some old school Foxx.

7 comments:

  1. Black Cats won't play for me. Anyone?

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  2. According to my wife and her mother, my late father-in-law, at the time a rich doctor, was a devotee of the "lower" comedy clubs in the early sixties, always seeking out folks like Brother Dave Gardner, Moms Mabley and Redd Foxx. Since he was a 6 ft 5 white man with a perpetual crewcut, he stood out in the mostly black clubs and Redd took a shine to him. They say he and Redd remained in touch until Foxx finally hit the big-time. The only evidence I have to this odd and seemingly unlikely obsession of his is that he did, in fact, have all of Foxx's comedy albums as well as some by Moms and others from that circuit. A great story, though.

    In Dick Van Dyke's new book, he talks about how Foxx was sadly coked up all the time when they appeared together in a TV movie in the late seventies. Sigh...

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  3. Interesting, Booksteve. And what's it to Dick VD regarding Redd's recreational drug use? And who wasn't on coke back then, anyway?

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  4. Crap. Black Cat won't play for me either. Unfortunately, I'm in Durango, Colorado -many many miles from my shit to fix this. Sorry.

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  5. Red Foxx was one funny dude!

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  6. Frank BoothOctober 20, 2012

    When I was a kid in the 60s I had a friend whose Dad was a fast talking salesman and a confirmed party guy. He had an office in their basement and when my friend's parents weren't home we would sneak downstairs and steal a bottle of Seagram's VO from one of the many cases stored down there and we would listen to those Red Foxx albums. This is when we were about 12 or 13. I had never heard anything like that. I guess I thought it was illegal to say those things on recordings that were actually packaged and sold to the public. But my God it was funny. We'd be about half lit listening to those things and laughing so hard we couldn't breath.

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