051: The Ross Sisters, ‘Solid Potato Salad’

Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Other, Song Of the week, Vocalists |

The Ross Sisters, ‘Solid Potato Salad’
Well, isn’t life strange?

Here, I spent the whole morning writing SoTW, thoughtful and insightful, informed and informative, witty and wise, all for your reading and listening edification.

And then this email came in with a YouTube link that’s been viewed at the time of writing by 6,263,870 people, probably within the last 24 hours [since changed–JM]. So this week I’m just a link-mover. I’ll be original next week.

Well, it is music, this clip. 1944, second-rate Andrews Sisters style. Three wholesome sisters, tight clothes, tight smiles, tight harmonies. What my parents really went for, back in The(ir) Day.

The Ross Sisters went by the names of Aggie, Elmira and Maggie, but their real Christian names were Veda Victoria, Dixie Jewel and Betsy Ann. From Colorado City, Roscoe and Loraine, Texas, respectively and I’m sure respectfully. Rosses, all of them.

The farmer said to his spud, your skin looks slightly pallid…
This clip is from the MGM Technicolor film ‘Broadway Rhythm’, WWII. So here they are, ladies and gentlemen, the wunnerful Ross Sisters singing and, um, performing the song ‘Solid Potato Salad’. You gotta stay for the second minute of the clip to get the point.

It’s so off-the-wall that 23,000 people have watched a clip of a the jaw-dropping reactions of some kids watching the misses Ross. [Thanks, Scott.]

Solid potato salad, that’s solid salad, Jack!
Solid potato salad, boy, take a plate, fill it up, bring it right back!
Solid potato salad, and let’s have no “yak-yak!”.
Solid potato salad, boy, take a plate, fill it up, bring it right back!

 The farmer said to the spud, “You’re skin looks slighty pallid,
So I’ll dig you later, bud, for some solid – poatao salad!”.

Solid potato salad, it’s a groovie, movie salad, Jack.
Solid potato salad, boy, ta-too-da, bring it right back.

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1 Comment

Mar 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Funny I haven’t paid much attention to this psot before. Cross referencing surely does pick up my interest. Good job !



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