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Old 03-13-2000, 04:39 PM
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Who was the guy who sang "I'm Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction" (and maybe other Schoolhouse Rocks, too)

Was it him singing in the Schoolhouse Rock spoofs done on The Simpsons and Johnny Bravo? It sure as hell sounded like him. If not, man, what great imitations!

Just out of curiosity, is he black? (If you feel the need to ask "what does his race matter?" the answer is "it doesn't, I'm just curious. OK?")
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Old 03-13-2000, 04:50 PM
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The singer in question is Jack Sheldon. He did the "Amendment-to-be" spoof on the Simpsons. I don't know his race.
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Old 03-13-2000, 04:51 PM
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Paging Ukulele Ike. Paging Saxface. Jazz question in General Questions. Please tell us a neat story about Jack Sheldon .

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Old 03-13-2000, 04:52 PM
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The guy's name is Jack Sheldon. I don't think he's the Johnny Bravo voice, though.
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Old 03-13-2000, 06:27 PM
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Judging from the picture on this site, he appears to be white. There's also a pretty thorough biography. Enjoy!

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Old 03-13-2000, 06:31 PM
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Not too long ago (5 yrs?) he did a commercial or two for All laundry detergent.

"The stain lifter, that's All."
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Old 03-13-2000, 07:03 PM
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I believe that All commercial jingle was by Leon Redbone.

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Old 03-13-2000, 07:15 PM
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Well, hell, manhattan. That website link you provided pretty much tells the whole Jack Sheldon story.

The best I can do is a little dull jazz buff trivia, coutesy of my daughter's copy of Schoolhouse Rock: The Official Guide:

"Conjunction Junction" and "I'm Just a Bill" were recorded in Los Angeles on the same day in 1972 or '73...Sheldon played the trumpet part as well as doing the vocals.

The backup band included a couple guys who were just HUGE in the 1950s L.A. jazz scene...the two names I recognize are Teddy Edwards on tenor saxophone, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass. Edwards is often credited with being the first guy to play bebop on the tenor.

He and Vinnegar were probably pretty damn happy to have the paycheck, too; 1972 was some lean times for jazz musicians. Sheldon probably got meat twice a week because of that Merv Griffin gig of his...

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Old 03-16-2000, 02:12 AM
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"Figure Eight" was sung by Blossom Dearie, a fairly well-known and respected jazz singer.

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Old 03-16-2000, 06:26 AM
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Sheldon's still writing and performing; he guested on "Prairie Home Companion" last season.

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Old 03-16-2000, 07:28 AM
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I believe that Blossom Dearie also did the vocal for "Unpack Your Adjectives."

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Old 03-16-2000, 08:21 AM
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Jack Sheldon also sang the tale of Mr. Morton, arguably one of schoolhouse Rock's finest. Jack Sheldon was the subject of the sentence...
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Old 03-16-2000, 11:31 AM
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Bob Cranshaw was the bassist for a lot of them . . . and Bob Dorough (a singer in the Mose Allison mode) wrote some of the songs and vocalized as well.

Here's the Schoolhouse Rock story: Schoolhouse Rock

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Old 09-11-2002, 08:56 AM
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Originally posted by Revtim
Who was the guy who sang "I'm Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction" (and maybe other Schoolhouse Rocks, too)

Was it him singing in the Schoolhouse Rock spoofs done on The Simpsons and Johnny Bravo? It sure as hell sounded like him. If not, man, what great imitations!
His Official Website says he did both.
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Old 09-11-2002, 01:38 PM
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As someone who bought the complete Schoolhouse Rock collection on DVD, I can say the people who produced "I'm Just a Bill" were extremely flattered by "The Simpsons" spoof. It was in the director's commentary version.

Bob Dorough wrote "Lolly, Lolly, Get your Adverbs Here" and sung it as well, but the producers, who were getting tired of hearing his voice a lot decided to speed it up to give it a different sound and to gently poke fun at the guy. It turned out to be a master stroke.

"Conjunction Junction's" jumpy animation, which appears to be, synched with the music is just the result of the producers not having enough money to animate the whole cartoon fully.
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Old 09-11-2002, 02:28 PM
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Wow, the question gets wrapped up, two and a half years later! Thanks Jeff!
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Old 09-11-2002, 02:35 PM
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Wow, the question gets wrapped up, two and a half years later! Thanks Jeff!
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Old 09-11-2002, 02:41 PM
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Wow, the question gets wrapped up, two and a half years later! Thanks Jeff!
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Old 09-11-2002, 03:17 PM
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crap.
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Old 09-11-2002, 05:54 PM
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Jack Sheldon is white.

Bob Dorough has sung the most Schoolhouse Rock songs, but Jack is a second. Here's the songs he did the lead vocal on:
Conjunction Junction, The Tale of Mr. Morton, I'm Just a Bill, The Energy Blues, Them Not-So-Dry Bones, Where the Money Goes, and I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College (a new short which appears on the DVD.) In addition, he backed up Dorough on Busy Prepositions and The Body Machine and one of four singers that are part of Mother Necessity.
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Old 09-11-2002, 05:57 PM
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And although Jack didn't do an ad for All, he did do one for Pepcid AC.
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Old 09-12-2002, 09:50 AM
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You're welcome. What's strange is that I have no idea how I even got into this thread in the first place! Must have been some sort of weird kismet going on with the board yesterday morning.
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Old 09-12-2002, 01:43 PM
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I cannot believe that we've gone this far for this long talking about Jack Sheldon without mentioning his masterpiece. Sure he's more famous for Bill and Conjunction but his delivery was never greater than in the magnificent Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla. Absolutely hilarious (and he plays a black character in this pronoun short, which may be why the OP asked in the first place).

By the way, BobT, does every short have a commentary? I have the CD box set so I wasn't sure I'd bother with the DVDs, but if the extras are generous enough, I may reconsider...
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Old 09-12-2002, 02:41 PM
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Albert Andreas Armadillo (no relation to the Sasparillas) isn't black. At least, his skin doesn't look black. (Although I'm sure Jack Sheldon could play a black character if he wanted to-his voice always reminded me of Ray Charles when I was younger.)

Regarding your question, ArchiveGuy, not all shorts have commentary. But Phil Kimmelman, George Newall, and Tom Yohe, Jr. (son of the late animation director of the shorts) have their say on 10 shorts. But the extras are very nice-besides the commentary, there are three shorts on computers that have never been released on video until now, a short about the weather that was up in limbo for years due to a lawsuit (slightly edited to remove the phrase that caused the problem in the first place), a look behind the scenes with the team as they record a new song, games, contemporary music videos, a Nike commercial, and an Emmy retrospective (they beat Sesame Street on more than one occasion!).
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Old 09-12-2002, 06:39 PM
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Lynn Ahrens wrote a number of Schoolhouse Rock songs, and performed them, too (I think she wrote and sang Interplanet Janet). If I'm not mistaken, she had a show open on Broadway a season or two ago, no?
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Old 09-12-2002, 06:42 PM
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Dang.

Forgot to mention that Sheldon did, indeed, do the Johnny Bravo parody. I've only seen it once, but it cracked me up so totally I made a point of paying extra close attention to the credits. It was he.
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Old 09-12-2002, 06:54 PM
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Well, he certainly looks black in the SR Grammar video I own (maybe he's just sporting a deep tan).

Thanks for the DVD lowdown. They have 4 songs from the computer segments on CD, all of which I found particularly clumsy and irritating. The money management ones are better (though I'm too old to have seen them when they first were aired). Given I've got all the music plus 1 video, sounds like an eventual rental. Thanks.
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Old 09-12-2002, 07:23 PM
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If I'm not mistaken, she had a show open on Broadway a season or two ago, no?
Yes, she wrote the lyrics for the musical Ragtime and, IIRC, won a Tony for her efforts.
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Old 09-12-2002, 07:41 PM
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If Jack Sheldon was any whiter, he'd be Johnny Winter.

You can also catch some of his acting on those old episodes of "Dragnet;" he was part of that Jack Webb Bad Actor Repertory Company. Still on TVLand, right?

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PS So's Bob Dorough. Don't make 'em swing any less, though.
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Old 09-13-2002, 03:35 PM
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Yes, she wrote the lyrics for the musical Ragtime and, IIRC, won a Tony for her efforts.
As well as Seussical more recently, and a couple of earlier efforts.
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