Music: Open the Door, Richard

Last week another one of those catchy tunes and goofy phrases fairly leapt across the nation. Every radio blared Open the Door, Richard! Five record versions were on sale, and 13 more (by Louis Jordan, Dick Haymes, the Pied Pipers, etc.) were being rushed to market. A quartet known as The Yokels sang it in Yiddish. Bing Crosby (an accessory after the fact), Bob Hope, Fred Allen and Bea Lillie had only to mention the word Richard on the air to put their studio audiences in stitches.

Open the Door, Richard! made no more sense...

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