Some vintage Woody Allen is called for by nobody in particular for no particular reason …
An email arrived the other day insisting that the following is an extraordinary YouTube short of none other than Little Richard playing — as child prodigies do — in a movie. Talk about suck you in!
A little research shows that it’s not Little Richard at all but ‘Sugar Chile’ Robinson playing a cameo in the 1946 movie ‘No Leave No Love’.
So much on the internet seems to be just plain wrong, but there’s also the in between stuff that’s half true. In the path that this email followed around cyber space, I wonder why someone along the line decided to add the reference to Little Richard? Sugar Chile’s story is interesting enough, see the Wiki entry for starters, so why change it?
Anyhow, I’m sure Sugar Chile will bring a smile:
To talk about history and YouTube is liking saying a baby has ‘history’.
Apparently the phenomenon of YouTube has defied all normal time lines of development. Most great new ideas, even for technology, take around 10 years from idea to mass use. YouTube has halved that rule of thumb.
The first big hit I saw on YouTube was AlienSong:
A cultural phenomenon where artists produce works that refer to the past (even if it was just a few years ago!) has got ‘history’:
I guess what I’m trying to say is, they don’t make history like they used to!
(Note to self: Is that why they’re in such a hurry to declare PJPII a saint?)
I’m not one for too much nostalgia, but sometimes it’s OK …