Monday, October 09, 2006

Billy Costello


I think i have mentioned Billy Costello here before but no excuses for uploading some more of his Popeye personna. Not sure if these were from the days of Max Fleischer but they sound pretty old to me. Above is "Blow The Man Down" send on a tape from a kind person who knows I like this sort of thing.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Popeye The Sailor-

"Popeye the Sailor is a famous comic strip character, later featured in popular animated cartoons. He was created by Elzie Crisler Segar[1] (who would sign some of his early Popeye comic strips with a cigar because it sounded the same as his name) and first appeared in the King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. Popeye quickly became the main focus of the strip, which was one of King Features' most popular strips during the 1930s. Thimble Theatre, carried on after Segar's 1938 death by artists such as Bud Sagendorf, was renamed Popeye in the 1970s. Today drawn by Hy Eisman, Popeye continues to appear in first-run strips in Sunday papers (daily Popeye strips are reruns of older strips).
In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures. These cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the 1930s, and Popeye at one time rivaled Mickey Mouse for popularity among audiences. After Paramount assumed control of the Fleischer Studio in 1942, they continued producing the series until 1957. Future Popeye cartoons were produced for television from 1960 to 1962 by King Features, and from 1978 to 1982 as well as 1987 to 1988 by Hanna-Barbera Productions."


Billy Costello - Nobody's Sweetheart Now

Billy Costello - Teddy Bears Picnic

Billy Costello - Merry-Go-Round Broke Down

Billy Costello - Tiger Rag


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8 comments:

mel said...

Hi Michael - thanks so much for the Billy Costello posts.
Takes me back to the early 1940s when I had some of these 78s.

Best regards - Mel.

hazel said...
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michael said...

Hi mel - thanks for dropping by and your feedback. If only more people would make some comments - i would probably be encouraged to uplaod more stuff.
Thansk for theSpike Jones by the way which i missed by one day! Any chance of another re-post? Cheers!

mel said...

No problem at all - here's the new link:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/w8u8w0

Best regards - Mel.

Dave said...

Awesome thanks. Popeye was one of my fav cartoons on Saturday mornings when I was a kid. It used to come on right after heckle & Jeckel...lol. Funny I can remember that 40 years later, but don't rememebr the name of someone I met last week...geesh.
Dave

michael said...

Thanks mel. Great song that Ive never heard before.
Glad you enjoyed them Dave. I don't remember Popeye at the cinema but in the 50's he used to be on the old black and white TV all the time. Good news that some of his old Fleischer Bros. films are coming out on DVD soon.

P Cleland said...

I just finished watching the classic Fleischer cartoon "Betty Boop, M.D." which features the song "Nobody's Sweetheart" as song by Billy Costello (supposedly), your's is the only place I can find recordings of the song, could you please please rehost the recordings for me? I would be so very grateful.

wastedpapiers said...

Unfortunately those songs are on a tape somewhere. I am struggling to put analogue onto CD right now with this new Sony sytsem which is very complicated. So it maye be a while before I can uplaod these again Paul. Thanks for dropping by though - always good to get feedback.