Who loves ya, baby?
December 14, 2007 12:39 AM   Subscribe

It's Telly Friday, baby.
posted by miss lynnster (32 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
If the Kojak episode links above don't work, try this one. The viewing window is a little smaller, though.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:50 AM on December 14, 2007


Sheer brilliance. It's come and poured itself on me.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:05 AM on December 14, 2007


What sort of telly? Plasma or LCD?
posted by chuckdarwin at 2:06 AM on December 14, 2007


This video, found as a result of Miss Lynster's post, has given me a whole new insight into my dating technique and the failings therof. Who loves ya, baby, indeed.

I'm a little confused.
posted by Pecinpah at 3:09 AM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


First link needs a schmaltz warning. And the purpose to the post? Telly was a nice guy, I have from a reliable source, but, why the schmaltz?
posted by Goofyy at 3:33 AM on December 14, 2007


Telly was a nice guy, I have from a reliable source, but, why the schmaltz?

This was the 1970s man. Everything was schmaltz.
posted by three blind mice at 3:41 AM on December 14, 2007


Kojak and Kolchak were my two favorite TV characters from that era.
posted by psmealey at 3:59 AM on December 14, 2007


I went to school with his nephew (no, he wasn't bald). He was Mr. Bumble in the school's production of Oliver! "I Have a Boy for Sale" was cut and he was rather annoyed when I asked why he didn't sing it.
posted by brujita at 4:19 AM on December 14, 2007


Like Flapjax said, just poured it all over the room. And down the hall. I hope it doesn't stain. Sweet, though, very sweet.
posted by From Bklyn at 5:58 AM on December 14, 2007


Crocker!
posted by Ironmouth at 6:44 AM on December 14, 2007


Telly's version of "If" #1 in Europe for 10 weeks in 1975.

I have a feeling Europe in 1975 was an exceptional combination of ridiculous and fantastic.
posted by Astro Zombie at 6:54 AM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


According to Wikipedia this song was actually "#1 in Europe for 10 weeks in 1975." Shmaltz is where it's at, baby.
posted by miss lynnster at 6:56 AM on December 14, 2007


Or what Astro Zombie said.
posted by miss lynnster at 6:56 AM on December 14, 2007


I have a memory of a reggae song from the '80s protesting Kojak's cancellation that went something like: "They've taken the Kojak off the T.V., but what about Dallas and Dynasty? oooh yea!"
It was an incisive song of great social import, but I'll be damned if I can find it anywhere.
I think David Rutter did it, but I'm stymied.
posted by Floydd at 7:30 AM on December 14, 2007


My torch burns for Beretta. He had a parrot.
posted by Haruspex at 7:31 AM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


I just can't get over the size of that woman's head.
posted by itchylick at 7:41 AM on December 14, 2007


More importantly, he was Hymie Kaplank in Cannonball Run II. Truly, there can be no higher honor than to have participated in this franchise.

None.
posted by quin at 7:57 AM on December 14, 2007


I'm favoriting this post as hard as I can. Who loves ya baby, Telly that's who!
posted by cavalier at 8:02 AM on December 14, 2007


What does it mean, #1 in Europe ? In 1975, there was still a wall through Berlin and Germany, so I guess it wasn't #1 in East Germany... Maybe it was in West Germany, England,..maybe it was #1 in Greece... Greece is in Europe after all. I don't remember it as a #1 in France. Of course I didn't care much back then. In France, one of the #1 of 1975 was le Sud, by Nino Ferrer.
posted by nicolin at 8:02 AM on December 14, 2007


I first saw Telly in a movie called Horror Express with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing--your typical monster on the train movie, that is until the Kosacks board the train. Then in comes Telly Savalas, who takes over the whole movie with his strong overacting personality, until he gets eaten, or something (I forget).

Telly's version of "If" #1 in Europe for 10 weeks in 1975.


Now they have Hasselhoff.
posted by eye of newt at 8:13 AM on December 14, 2007


I figured this was going to be about this dude.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:13 AM on December 14, 2007


I take that back. I first saw him in The Dirty Dozen. Great movie.
posted by eye of newt at 8:18 AM on December 14, 2007


Oooh! Check this out... gotta love WMFU!

About the charts, btw... it looks like "If" was #1 for 2 weeks in the UK, but upon doing a little research my mind has officially been blown. In finding that this song apparently did chart for 9 weeks in Switzerland, I discovered that it wasn't his biggest music hit in the region. Apparently about 5 years after "If," he was pretty much a country singing star in Germany & Switzerland. This little ditty by Telly was #1 on the Swiss charts for eleven weeks in 1980, and apparently he sang this one on a few German variety shows in 1981 too.
posted by miss lynnster at 8:43 AM on December 14, 2007


Kojak was definitely King of the Cops... they repeated it a while back over here. Still stands up pretty well compared to say Starsky and Hutch. Just hearing the theme music takes me back to being a kid and being allowed to stay up late and watch it.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:03 AM on December 14, 2007


Thanks to Telly, I will go to my grave hoping to one day be suave, sophisticated, and worldly enough to earn a membership in the exclusive Players Club International.
posted by billyfleetwood at 9:29 AM on December 14, 2007


Thanks for this link, I admit I never actually saw any Kojak episodes, now I'm going to keep this link and watch them at work! Whee!
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 11:25 AM on December 14, 2007


Need some wallpaper?
posted by cazoo at 1:46 PM on December 14, 2007


Well, Switzerland & Germany aren't "Europe" - which is far from being an homogeneous market - and Hasselhoff isn't really a big star in France - unless you're talking about some strange subculture I haven't heard of.
posted by nicolin at 1:49 PM on December 14, 2007


I would pay money to watch "Kojak, the Night Stalker".
posted by ooga_booga at 2:09 PM on December 14, 2007


Well, here's Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Best I could do. It would be cooler to see Telly Savalas rising from the cemetery instead of vampires, though.
posted by miss lynnster at 2:22 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Kolchak scared the shit outta me when I was a kid, but then so did Scooby-Doo so maybe I was just a wuss.
posted by HyperBlue at 2:51 PM on December 14, 2007


Thanks for this miss lynnster. Holy flashbacks batgirl! I'm pretty sure that sometime in the '70s, while scanning my dad's playboys I saw an ad with Telly licking a penis lolly-pop.
posted by snsranch at 5:19 PM on December 14, 2007


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