Show Business: Summer Diversions

Summertime is down time, especially in show business and most particularly in the record industry. It sometimes seems it is a time of year when novelty items catch on, with titles that go on almost as long as the hours of daylight. Remember Lonnie Donegan and Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight? Or how about Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini? Well, now there are two more examples of the same kind of lunacy.

Van Lingle Mungo is the tongue-twisting title of a litany of 38 baseball players whose names, recited in unison to a slightly...

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