I Wish I Was Eighteen Again

I Wish I Was Eighteen Again

by George Burns
     
 
George Burns' charming personality cut through the dreadful film soundtrack to 1978's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band when he performed "Fixing a Hole," followed on that record by Alice Cooper's equally exotic rendition of "Because." Two years later Burns almost landed in the Top 40 with "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again," a

Overview

George Burns' charming personality cut through the dreadful film soundtrack to 1978's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band when he performed "Fixing a Hole," followed on that record by Alice Cooper's equally exotic rendition of "Because." Two years later Burns almost landed in the Top 40 with "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again," a sequel of sorts to Alice Cooper's debut hit, "I'm 18." Is he country or comedy? As stated above, George Burns is personality. In a cloud of cigar smoke on the front and back covers of this LP the singer is un-p.c. and flagrantly not giving a damn about the hazards of tobacco -- his long life a threat to the accuracy of the Surgeon General reports. And the music inside is a reflection of the fascinating cover photos, the lament of the title track a perfect fit for the television icon. Burns sings on key, though the voice makes up in enthusiasm what it lacks in power. Taking on country material like Tom T. Hall's "One of the Mysteries of Life" as well as "Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine" continues the retrospective theme initiated by "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again." There's a host of musicians backing Burns on this Jerry Kennedy production, classy-sounding country music with a humorous edge. He borrows from Dean Martin for "Old Bones," while "A Real Good Cigar" is a song about his love for women, Glenn Sutton's composition yet another potential signature tune for Burns' spoken word singing. There's a lot of advice from the wise old sage, Dolly Parton's twang of "Nickels and Dimes" blending perfectly with Tim Rice and Marvin Hamlisch's show tune swing of "The Only Way to Go." Delightful is the best description for the star of the Oh, God! films, proof here of the staying power of an old pro.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Jmg / Jewish Music
UPC:
0857764001657
catalogNumber:
18065

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Performance Credits

George Burns   Primary Artist,Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Bill Justis   Conductor
Martin Katahn   Strings
Byron Bach   Strings,Musician
George Binkley   Strings
Harold Bradley   Musician
Thomas Brannon   Background Vocals
John Catchings   Strings,Musician
Marvin Chantry   Strings,Musician
Chip Young   Musician
Roy Christensen   Strings,Musician
Virginia Christensen   Strings,Musician
Shane Keister   Musician
Ray Edenton   Musician
Philip Forest   Background Vocals
Phil Forrest   Background Vocals
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings,Musician
Lennie Haight   Strings,Musician
Buddy Harman   Musician
Yvonne Hodges   Background Vocals
Jerry Kennedy   Musician
Sheldon Kurland   Strings,Musician
Wilfred Lehmann   Strings
Dennis Molchan   Strings,Musician
Farrell Morris   Musician
Craig Nelson   Strings
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Steve Pippin   Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Musician
Chris Teal   Strings,Musician
Diane Tidwell   Background Vocals
Gary VanOsdale   Strings,Musician
D. Bergen White   Background Vocals
Trish Williams   Background Vocals
Gil Wright   Background Vocals
Rodger Morris   Musician
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Musician
Stephanie Woolf   Strings,Musician
Salvatore Terranova   Musician
Dennis Wilson Quintet   Background Vocals
Morty Jacobs   Piano
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Shelly Kurland Strings   Strings
Gil White   Background Vocals
Phil Forest   Background Vocals
San Terranova   Strings
Steve Pippen   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Max D. Barnes   Composer
Bill Justis   Arranger
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Martin Katahn   Contributor
Bob Morrison   Composer
Carla Fredricks   Engineer
John Hadley   Composer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer,Audio Production
Brent King   Engineer
Wilfred Lehmann   Contributor
Craig Nelson   Contributor
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Samuel Terranova   Contributor
Sonny Throckmorton   Composer
Pete Wade   Contributor
Tim Rice   Composer
Charlie McCoy   Contributor
Bob Moore   Contributor
Hal Lifson   Liner Notes
Harlan Sanders   Composer
Bill Zerface   Composer
Jim Zerface   Composer
Charles Fach   Executive Producer
Martha Jacobs   Rehearsal Accompanist

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