Kovacs in Pomona

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Here’s a photo of the Nairobi Trio-themed art installation in a window on West Third Street at Main Street in downtown Pomona, discussed in an item in my Friday column. The photo comes from artist A.S. Ashley’s Facebook page devoted to this piece of his, which he says will remain through Dec. 4 “due to popular demand.”

(To quote the old Stan Lee quip, maybe a guy named Joe Popular demanded it.)

What’s the Nairobi Trio? It was an occasional sketch on Ernie Kovacs’ shows and specials of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Naturally, it has its own Wikipedia page. Just as naturally, there are examples on YouTube.

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  • Bob House

    Kovacs’ show was a staple of late 50s – early 60s Fri/Sat late-night “Must See TV” for teens, along with wrestling from the Olympic Auditorium (Dick Lane — “Whoa Nellie! Don’t put your coffee pot on yet!”), many old horror movies and auto dealer commercials (Chick Lambert and his dog, Storm, for Ralph Williams). Here’s hoping A.S. Ashley’s next project honors Percy Dovetonsils.

    [Another Kovacs character, for the uninitiated. -- DA]

  • bub

    Who is “Stan Lee”?

    [Who is "bub"? -- DA]

  • A. S. Ashley

    The song “Solfeggio” is based on the Solfeggio (Italian) scale:
    do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-si-do…

    solfeggio [slfd], solfge [slf]
    n pl -feggi [-fdi] -feggios, -fges Music
    1. (Music, other) a voice exercise in which runs, scales, etc., are sung to the same syllable or syllables
    2. (Music, other) solmization, esp the French or Italian system, in which the names correspond to the notes of the scale of C major

    “Solfeggio” lyrics:

    Mi sol la
    Re fa-re sol
    Do mi-do fa re
    Sol sol (bongo roll…)

    Mi sol la
    Re fa-re sol
    Do mi-do fa re
    Sol sol do (ba-da-da-rump)

    Do mi fa
    Si re-si mi
    La do-la fa re
    Sol sol (bongo roll…)

    Do mi-do fa
    Si re-si mi
    La do-la fa re
    Sol sol do (ba-da-da-rump)

    Sol-feg-gi-o!!!

    [Edifying, and not just because Edie Adams is involved. -- DA]