Thursday, February 7, 2013

Liberace could really play a mean piano....

Fabulous costumes. Huge diamond encrusted rings. Candelabras. Fantastic pianos. A smile that wouldn't stop.

And just a bit of talent....

I loved watching Liberace on his TV show back in the 60s. His costumes fascinated me. His music made my heart skip a beat. Now THAT was a reality show!!

Of course, he was famous as a classical pianist but he also played more popular tunes too. That's what I'm going to share with you today -- some beautiful music and some fun videos.

And a lot of bling!

Music video and his entrance to one of his Las Vegas shows - 1981
(be prepared... apparently he was not an animal rights activist!)

Audience requests -- he put them all together in medley form, made up as he went along!
"Send in the Clowns" 
"New York, New York"
"As Long as He Needs Me" 
"Chariots of Fire"
Chopin - "Nocturne in E-Flat"
"The Bumble Boogie" 
"You Made Me Love You"
"Beer Barrel Polka"

What's My Line was a game show that played from 1950 to 1967.  Four celebrity panelists would question the contestants to try to figure out their occupations. There was always a famous mystery guest that the panel had to question and determine their identity. (I know, sounds kinda boring -- but it was really pretty funny at the time!)
Liberace was on this episode -- check out his signature!

He could even play "Chopsticks" 

♥♥♥  Linking Liberace over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter L

Jenny Matlock



Erin said...

I'd heard of Liberace but knew nothing really about him. Thanks for posting these videos! He had such a charming smile and a happy face. So talented too! And yes his signature with the piano is fabulous. :-)

Carol L McKenna said...

Great post for L and lovely photos ~ Love 'Oliver' in your Wednesday post ~

Carol of (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Stacia said...

Love that version of Chopsticks!

Natasha Hoover said...

Hahaha, yes, a lot of bling! I hadn't heard of him, but I neither grew up with a tv nor when the show was on. Cool videos and definitely a talented guy!

Lola said...

He was a fabulous figure - they don't make them like Liberace any more!

Lovely post - as always!

Tracy Cook said...

Blast from past

Lmkazmierczak said...

Mighty fine playing and entertainment♫♪ My L effort:

storybeader said...

that house was something else - I would have expected it. I remember What's My Line. Ms Frances was a pretty good guesser! Didn't know Liberace looked like that! {:-D

Pondside said...

I remember him well - from the Ed Sullivan show, especially!

Naperville Now said...

Great L post -- what an entertainer.

AntiquityTravelers said...

oh too much fun! I remember What's my Line, and always loved Liberace ... I learned to play the piano, and wished I could play like he did!

Duni said...

Liberace was an incredible pianist! I was always a little bit in awe of his onstage persona and outrageous costumes :)

Jenny said...

My Mom always loved watching Liberace!

I don't remember watching What's My Line, though.

Thanks for a fun link.



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