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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Chickenman


This glorious Atco label comedy LP was of a radio show originated for WCFL radio (in Chicago?) in 1966, released as Atco 33-207 in 1967. The artist should actually be Dick Orkin - and the two other primary actors are Jane Roberts and Jim Runyon. I know about this stuff because the cover of the Atco Chickenman LP was on many an innersleeve from Atco Records. I do not think I ever saw this LP for sale "new" - all three copies of it that I have were found 'used'.

There is a little bit more to the Chickenman discography...in 1976, "The Chicago Radio Syndicate" presented "Chickenman Returns" - not so much a released record, more a syndicated radio show in LP format. Same cast, still neat stuff.

The last LP I found with Dick Orkin's name on it is called "Puffy Sleeves and Other Exquisite Foolishness" from 1978 - "The Compleat Home Treasury of TIME Radio Commercials" - and it looks to have been presented by no less than the "Dick Orkin Creative Services" (in 1978).

I wonder if Mr. Orkin is still alive? I'd love to hear his post-Chickenman radio series, "The Tooth Fairy". Wikipedia seems to intimate that he's still alive (it doesn't say he's passed away - just that he was "Award Winning" etc.) - Hmmm...advertising comedy guy - and I am a huge Stan Freberg fan, too (I'm lucky enough to have met Mr. Freberg!)

- Ron

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Blogger Ron Kane said...

Looks like Dick Orkin is alive and well at Radio Ranch - out in Sherman Oaks, CA - I didn't know he was in California.

And you can order CD's of Chickenman and The Tooth Fairy from an advertising website called "Dan O'Day", apparently.

You learn something everyday!

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Dan O'Day said...

Dick Orkin definitely is alive & well, still producing world-class radio commercials.

Dick created limited run collectors' packages for both "Chickenman (http://www.danoday.com/chickenman) and "The Tooth Fairy"
(http://www.danoday.com/toofairy).

(And thanks to Ron for the plug.

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Dan O'Day said...

Oops. The "Tooth Fairy" link is:

http://www.danoday.com/.toothfairy

11:19 PM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Dan O'Day's site is the coolest! He even name-checks Murray Roman! It's true, it's true - Chickenman is well & truly available from Mr. O'Day!

6:39 AM  

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