Album Covers #2: The Ventriloquist and the JFK Assassination

The Beverly Massegee LP has become something of an all-star in the world of bad albums. You can listen to a sound clip from it at bizarrerecords.com and read about it in the book Horrifically Bad Album Covers, which I own and love.

The biggest oddity surrounding this album is not the strangeness of the record, but Beverly herself. Many believe she is actually the Babushka Lady. Let me repeat this to ensure that you hear me loud and clear - Beverly is the Babushka Lady. That's the woman who filmed JFK up close at the very moment he was assassinated! Here she is at the scene of the crime.

To read more on her possible connection and witness to the president's assassination go here. I'm not much of a JFK assassination expert, so I really can't make heads or tails of how credible the story is. But it does seem like a strong possibility that she was actually there.
What's perhaps even more interesting is that Beverly Massegee (then Beverly Oliver) was a strip club dancer and was a regular entertainer at Jack Ruby's club, the Carousel. Now, what are the odds that an affiliate of Ruby, the guy who would kill Lee Harvey Oswald, would just happen to be at the exact spot of the Kennedy assassination? True or not, the mystery is extremely intriguing.

Side note: Don't you find it kind of strange that a ventriloquist act would even make a record? Isn't the whole basis of ventriloquism, like a magic show, in the presentation? Yet, believe it or not, there was actually an entire sub-genre of ventriloquist records! We live in a strange and interesting world.


  1. Edgar Bergen worked his Charlie McCarthy puppet on RADIO for 19 years!

  2. Sorry my comment is off topic. That can be frustrating I know. Thanks for the heads up about the Collector post. I removed the post and ow it all works, in IE and my other browsers. The only thing I can think of is I used a new video capture program GOM, that really looks nice, the captures. But the two images that were not GOM appeared then all posts vanished after them. WTF!!!! I have been here for 3 hours dealing with this crap again :) damn... now I am too tired to do a new post or practice my music stuff.

    Maybe I can convert the files or something. Why is this stuff so hard. It is hard enough to jut do the work, much less this tech crap all the time.

    Okay, a comment: How damn funny could a ventriloquist album be? I thought half the humor was watching the human and puppet interact/

  3. pierre- good point. Wasn't Edgar Bergen Candice Bergen's dad?

    bill- I just checked your site, and things seem to be looking good again. I plan to read your post on the Collector as soon as I get a chance. Hang in there.

  4. As I said there was issues with some files from my new GOM player, which takes great looking caps. I had to rename all the files in an editor and they seem to be fine now.

    A lot of information here lately that you tie together quickly. Your various sites, like the country friend idioms and stuff. I guess I do not have a mind that ties together varied but related topics like that. I sort of focus on one thing and may have blinders on. I am going to do the Miranda movie essay after a few more posts.

    Thanks for the media (it does work in my IE or Safari browsers...not my Mozilla).


  5. I never knew there were even albums like this. That's definitely one of the strange things out there in music. I guess if they had ventriloquists on the radio back in the day, then they could do albums as well. I wonder what these were like.

    I don't know as much about the conspiracy theories surrounding the JFK assassination as some people do. I do find that quite weird that she was there and her connection to Ruby. It does make you think.

  6. It looks like Ricky's right hand in that pic is ready for action. Does sitting in Geraldine's lap give him wood?