Hip History Episode #3: “1959”

Hipster “Kookie” Kookson III was played by Edd Byrnes as a recurring character in the detective series, 77 Sunset Strip. Edd later starred as Vince Fontaine in Grease.  Sunset was produced by Jack Webb (of Dragnet fame.)

Kookie’s popularity with teen viewers culminated with the novelty single, “Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)” recorded with Connie Stevens in 1959. The song became a classic of the Doctor Demento Show, usually played with “The Mummy”/”The Beat Generation” also from ’59.

Hip Homework: Research golden-voiced Ken Nordine’s most noteworthy recordings – Word Jazz and Colors: A Sensuous Listening Experience.

Hip Vocab: Review the 1959 LP, Del Close & John Brent’s How To Speak Hip.

Next week we’ll explore a killer DJ who sampled both of these hip artists on his classic electro-jazz album.

Can you name the LP?

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