02 February 2011
Herb & The TJB - 1967
A few days after my father returned from Vietnam in 1967, I remember watching the first Herb Albert TV special with my family. My mother was a huge fan of Herb & the TJB and it was at her insistence we tuned in. I'm pretty sure I was missing Get Smart.
When Herb appeared my father let out a snort and called him a 'fruit cake.' I remember asking what 'fruit cake' meant and my question was answered with, "Never mind." My father guffawed through pretty much the whole show and watching these videos I can see why. He had been in a war and saw ugly things. Watching this must have been a bizarre contrast for him.
But I was never in a war and Herb isn't a fruit cake and I really enjoy this video and the memories. It might even be better than Get Smart.