Tag: Jackie Gleason

All Aboard the 1955 Honeymooners’ Special Jackie Gleason Bus

All Aboard the 1955 Honeymooners’ Special Jackie Gleason Bus

Auction Finds, Games & Toys
I've written before about the Great One, Jackie Gleason, on this site. Between his television, movie, and music careers, the man was a bona fide superstar during the 1950s and into the '60s. So I don't know why I was surprised to find out that his image was even used to sell toys. In this case, most appropriately, a bus. But not just any bus -- it's the 1955 Honeymooners' Special Jackie Gleason Bus, produced by a company called Wolverine. The Jackie Gleason Bus features Ralph Kramden from the Honeymooners, of course, but other Gleason characters as well. I can spot Joe the Bartender, Reginald Van Gleason III, and the Poor Soul. And awa-a-y we go! Notice that while the bus is tin the wheels are wooden. I also think the POW! license plate is a nice touch. For more auction...
Top 10 Jackie Gleason Album Covers

Top 10 Jackie Gleason Album Covers

Album Cover of the Week, Music
I've already written about the musical career of the Great One, Jackie Gleason, as well as talked about one of my favorite Gleason album covers (Music for Lovers Only). I thought I'd go ahead and dedicate an entire album cover gallery drawn from Gleason's catalog of mid-century orchestral pop -- aka mood music. So here's a collection of my ten favorite Jackie Gleason album covers, drawn from his extensive Capitol Records run (nearly 60 LPs, including soundtracks and compilations, from the early '50s through the early '70s). These all come from the first ten years of his catalog, and I think you'll see why. #1. Music for Lovers Only (1952) #2. Lonesome Echo (1955) This was Gleason's fifth #1 album, and the artwork was by the legendary Salvador Dali. He described the concept of t...
Album Cover of the Week: Jackie Gleason, Music for Lovers Only

Album Cover of the Week: Jackie Gleason, Music for Lovers Only

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Last month I reviewed a new CD reissue of Jackie Gleason's Music for Lovers Only album at Popdose. I meant to feature the album cover as part of this series but got distracted by something bright and shiny. So let's look at it now! Beautiful, ain't she? While many of Gleason's albums of "mood music" from the '50s and '60s tried to recreate the same feel, I think this is still the best of the bunch. Put another way, there is absolutely no doubt as to what the music on this record will sound like, even if you were totally unfamiliar with Gleason's style of orchestral pop.