You say you just learned of the passing of comedian Eddie Lawrence last week at the age of 95?
He was best known for his 1956 routine "The Old Philosopher"
, in which he gloomily described a litany of sometimes absurdly funny mishaps then changed gears into a cheerleading chant ending in "NEVER GIVE UP (BANG! BANG!) THAT SHIP!*" It was a big hit single (and Dr. Demento staple**) and led to a series of follow-ups, including "Son of the Old Philosopher"
, the Christmas-themed "Merry Old Philosopher"
, "The Radio DJ's Old Philosopher"
(filled with inside-the-biz jokes) and "The Old Philosopher On The Range"
, as well as radio commercials based on the bit: "Leave It To (John) Leavitt"***
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