Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.
Friday, 25 March 2016
Something for the weekend 1: Fabian
Fabian in stripes! Fab Fabian was only 14 when he was discovered and manufactured into a pop star in the late '50s (Italian-Americans were all the rage then - Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Tommy Sands, John Saxon were others), but he matured rather nicely as an actor in the early '60s, mainly at 20th Century Fox where he usually played second banana to oldies like James Stewart, Bing Crosby, and John Wayne. I liked HOUND DOG MAN in 1959 and still like NORTH TO ALASKA in 1960 ,, FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON was fun recently too (reviews at Fabian label).
Fabian was practically unrecognisable in the recent BBC documentaries on American Fifties rock'n'roll but, hey, he is in his seventies now; he parlayed his period of stardom into a longer career in television and touring and is still going now.