The Uncle Floyd FPP!
January 6, 2009 2:01 PM Subscribe
Deep in the Heart of Jersey
you'll find "Uncle Floyd" Vivino
, roaming the streets of various towns and cities, kibbitzing with the locals. In Belleville. Nutley. Bloomfield Avenue
and Ferry Street
in Newark. Kearny. Cliffside Park. Main Street, Paterson. An abandoned lot in Paterson.
What, you never heard of Uncle Floyd?
From 1974 to 1998, Floyd Vivino hosted The Uncle Floyd Show
, a low-budget mess
of a parody/tribute to variety shows
and kids' shows
, at the same time championing many local and
/or outsider musicians
, and accumulating a wide underground following via the UHF airwaves--why, David Bowie even wrote a song about Uncle Floyd.
Here's a link to the entire Uncle Floyd Show Album
Floyd currently plays over 300 gigs a year. His booking website gives a few examples of his New Jersified vaudeville stylings (not to mention some great publicity photos): 1 2 3 [music automatically plays when page is loaded]
Here's more of UF on the pee-yanner.
The late CM "Mugsy" Calam
was a favorite performer on the Uncle Floyd Show; archive.org has some footage neatly arranged for you
; there's plenty more of Mugsy on YouTube.
Some newspaper articles about Floyd:
...more by Anthony Buccino, reporter for various NJ newspapers:
3/3/77 visiting the set
| 3/17/77, Uncle Floyd Meets the Mayor of Bloomfield
Web presence? Yeah!
Uncle Floyd on Facebook
Uncle Floyd on Flickr
Photos: Backstage with Uncle Floyd
And, finally, Uncle Floyd's Web Site
, with updates on what cast members are doing these days.