"Gus Visser and His Singing Duck" come to YouTube!!

Oh, how I love the Information Super-Highway and this new century of marvels! First, “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars” finally comes to CD, and now I find that Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (be very careful of typos, there) are on YouTube!

For those of you not In the Know, G.V. and his S.D. were the American Idols of their day, and the reason that vaudeville did not so much “die” as “slit its throat and put its head in the oven with the gas on after swallowing ant paste.”

I have a new bookmark . . . And if I were the type for custom ringtones . . .

Eve, LOL! That was really funny! Almost as funny as the duck quacking was the guy’s hairdo! :stuck_out_tongue:

That made my evening. I sent it to my sister, who has been trying to teach her cats to sing “My Old Kentucky Home” (don’t ask), for inspiration!

Not everyone could goose a duck like Gus!

I’m not sure but I think he has his hand up that duck’s ass.

If ever anyone inadvertently wrote the perfect opening line for a patter-type comedy song of the old classic style, Eve just did! :cool:

OK, that’s even funnier than this. (Warning: links directly to video file.)

Honestly, these kids today with their Ludacris and Pussycat Dolls and Justin Timberlake, they know nothing of real talent.

(Don’t you love how Gus accidentally duets with the duck in verse II and then breaks up?)

The duck’s a better singer than he is!

Just one quick Monday-morning bump for those of you who need something to quack them up at the beginning of another week . . .

It’s too late for this year, but I know what my Halloween costume will be in 2007!

Great clip, Eve.

Wouldn’t you give a purty to have a film of that flatulating performer (can’t recall his name at the moment)?

Le Petomane. Sadly, he died before the advent of, ummm, “talkies.”

Patter song, nothing. You could write the Great American Novel with an opening line like that.

Thanks for the link, EVE. I have always wanted to see this legendary clip!
Have you ever seen “Miss Manila Martin and her Pet Squirrel”? It was made by the same demented fellow who recorded Gus Visser, but is sadly lost (I believe).

Can anyone figure out what Visser’s saying from about 1:18 to 1:21?

This says it still exists

That has caused no end of debate among experts in the field. Well, maybe just Eve and me. The notes on the American Film Institute DVD More Treasures From American Film Archives, where the film is from, don’t know, either. Gus was born in the Netherlands, and he made have been quipping in Dutch. Or Duck.

I’m pretty sure Gus and his accomplice were the inspiration for Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots.

Regrettably the video has been removed from Youtube for terms of use violation and all I can offer is the audio version of Disco Duck.

The problem with that theory is that the unintelligible section begins midway through a sentence and ends midway through a sentence.

Looking at the lyrics isn’t helpful, as the lyrics he performs (both in the unintelligible section and the intelligible ones) do not conform to the lyrics I have found.