Comedians: Fate of the Myna Bird

Among all the young comedians who tried to make a nickel by imitating the voice of President Kennedy, Boston's Vaughn Meader did the best. His album The First Family sold over 3,500,000 copies. But after the President's death, record stores withdrew the records; nightclubs where Meader had been booked canceled his engagements.

Meader's act at the time actually had very little Kennedy material in it—only five minutes out of 45—because he was trying to shed his identification with the President and shape a career as a general comedian. Nonetheless, Meader had so thoroughly established himself as the myna bird who sounded...

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