Of The Diary, Jackie Kahane
Nigel Patterson - July 24, 2003
the end of a tour, Elvis would throw a party for his musicians
and singers. One such party occurred during America’s Bicentennial
year in (July) 1976, at which Elvis’s warm-up comedian, Jackie
Kahane and Elvis’s studio producer, Felton Jarvis, entertained
the group with the Kahane inspired Reading Of The [Bicentennial]
whatever reason the 19 minute skit, Reading Of The Diary, was recorded
and has now been released on CD. And thank goodness it has been
released, for it is a very funny send-up of the Elvis inner circle.
Jarvis is a revelation as Elvis. His uncanny vocal resemblance,
complete with stammer, is wonderful. As Elvis he sends up his backing
musicians, Memphis Mafia members and family. It is classic two person
comedy with Kahane playing the straight man and Jarvis hilarious
as The King.
is prolific use of the ‘F’ word so if you don’t like profanity,
be warned. In fact the ‘F’ word is central to much of the humor.
Its very effective utterance is reminiscent of Eddie Murphy’s use
of it in the movie, Beverly Hills Cop. To say more about Reading
Of The Diary would give away too much of the humor.
sound quality on the CD is very good, particularly given it was
recorded at an after show party 27 years ago. There are three tracks
on the CD, the title track, an interview with Jackie Kahane and
almost 37 minutes of spoken word outtakes from Elvis On Tour.
CD’s total running time exceeds 75 minutes. The digipack packaging
resembles an FTD release and there are short liner notes from Lars
Gjeding (Elvis Unlimited) and Jackie Kahane.
Kahane is renowned as one of America’s top comedians. Along with
Bill Cosby he was voted as one of Time magazine’s outstanding young
comedians in 1961 and his television appearances included The Ed
Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Mike
Douglas Show. Elvis engaged Jackie after Colonel Parker saw his
opening act for Wayne Newton.
Elvis’s death Jackie would warm up audiences for the likes of Tina
Turner, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick and Sophie Tucker. Jackie Kahane
passed away at the age of 79 in March 2001 after a long illness.
Very funny and something very different for your collection.
Reading Of The Diary is a fitting tribute to the talent of Jackie
Kahane….and that damn racquetball court deal has an awful lot to
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