Monday, January 24, 2011

Jennifer Grey Sings Mickey Katz's "Duvid Crockett, King Of Delancey Street"

We've always known that Jennifer Grey, who WAS "Baby" Houseman in the 1987 hit film Dirty Dancing, is the daughter of actor Joel Grey and the granddaughter of comedian and musician Mickey Katz.  What we didn't know is how close grandfather and granddaughter were and how well Jennifer could sing Mickey's songs.

Thanks to a tip from Nate Bloom, writing in Friday's Jewish Standard, we found an old video clip of Jennifer singing one of Mickey's classic parodies, Duvid Crockett, King of Delancey Street, on Conan O'Brien's Late Night TV show.

First, here's Grandpa Mickey Katz singing the song, one of the many pop tunes of the '50s that he parodied.  Then, we have a link to Jennifer Grey singing the same song.  The embed feature of the Jennifer Grey YouTube video is disabled, so we can't include it directly in this blog, but if you click on the link, you'll see it on YouTube.  Finally, if you want to hear the original Ballad of Davy Crockett from the Disney TV series, we're including the version sung by Bill Hayes which reached #1 on the Billboard chart in 1955.

The song was introduced on the television miniseries Davy Crockett, first telecast on December 15, 1954, on ABC's Disneyland. Fess Parker played the role of Davy Crockett and continued in four other episodes made by Walt Disney Studios.  Enjoy!

Jennifer Grey singing Duvid Crockett 
Click here or on the photo at left to see the YouTube video of Jennifer Grey on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

 Bill Hayes singing the original Ballad of Davy Crockett

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