Papa, Play for Me: The Autobiography of Mickey Katz

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Mickey Katz (1909 - 1985), a Jewish comedian and musician, is best known for his parodies -- "Theme from Moulin Rouge (Where is My Heart)" became "Where is My Pants?", "(How Much is that) Doggie in the Window" became "Pickle in the Window" -- incorporating Yiddish words and accents. His very first English-Yiddish recording, "Haim afen Range," was an instant hit and he went on to record ninety singles and ten albums for RCA and Capitol. Father of performer Joel Grey and grandfather of actress Jennifer Grey, Mickey...
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Overview

Mickey Katz (1909 - 1985), a Jewish comedian and musician, is best known for his parodies -- "Theme from Moulin Rouge (Where is My Heart)" became "Where is My Pants?", "(How Much is that) Doggie in the Window" became "Pickle in the Window" -- incorporating Yiddish words and accents. His very first English-Yiddish recording, "Haim afen Range," was an instant hit and he went on to record ninety singles and ten albums for RCA and Capitol. Father of performer Joel Grey and grandfather of actress Jennifer Grey, Mickey Katz's irreverent blend of Jewish story-telling, vaudeville routines, African-American jazz, Jewish klezmer and popular dance band music have had a lasting impact on American culture. In this rollicking autobiography, first published in 1977 and reissued here with a new introduction, the King of the Borscht Capades talks frankly about politics, music, family, identity and show business.
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The warm and witty story of a man who has long been a part of Jewish American entertainment. I liked it lox, stock and bagel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819564337
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 7/17/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Grey, acclaimed actor, singer, and dancer, is Mickey Katz's son. He performed small parts in revues and television until he landed his signature role as the sinister but mesmerizing Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret (1966), which earned him a Tony Award. He also won an Academy Award for his reprisal of the character in the 1972 film version of Cabaret and has remained a beloved figure of the American stage and screen.

Josh Kun is a writer whose articles in the San Francisco Guardian, Boston Phoenix, LA Weekly, Spin, and elsewhere are at the forefront of contemporary music journalism. He is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California at Riverside.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Joel Grey
Introduction by Josh Kun
An Now- Heeerrrrrre’s Mickey!
A Kitten is Born
Worms in the Big Apple or Oy Vey- It’s Louis & Kay!
The Steamer Goodtime Shook, Rattled and Rolled
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? City Slickers and Shikkers
Hold that Tiger, Hal Zeiger
We Ring the Bell at the Wilshire Ebell-Papa and Son Joel
Of Dice and Men-Also Broads…Next Stop-Las Vegas!
I Meet Some Alter Cockneys and Ronnie Calls Collect
Nuptials for Yossel (Joel) and Katz in the Katzkills
What Am I Doing in Africa!
Grace’s Faces and Meyer the Friar
My Son, the Computer, and Everybody Gives Katz de Clap
Mickey Katz Discography
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