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Ernie Kovacs - Gara Garayev (Kara Karajev / Qara Qarayev) - Dinner Symphony

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Uploaded on Sep 30, 2010

[From "Kovacs Corner" on YouTube.com] - One of Ernie's more noted themed video segments was his "Dinner Symphony" which was accompanied by a recorded work of Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev (alternatively spelled Kara Karajev or Qara Qarayev). Written during the period of Soviet domination of Azerbaijan, Garayev wrote nearly 110 musical pieces, including ballets, operas, symphonic and chamber pieces, solos for piano, cantatas, songs and marches, during which his prominence rose in Azerbaijan SSR, the rest of the Soviet Union, and the world. As we can hear, Kovacs' encyclopedic knowledge of music included his works, and we see again Ernie tweaking the composer's nose by contrasting in this instance Garayev's repetative monumental rhythms and grandiose Soviet inspired orchestration against the mundane act of eating dinner. Our mealtime guests include Jolene Brand, Joe Mikolas, the late Bobby Darin's business agent Steve Blauner, Bobby Lauher, and Charles Parlato. Charles was a musician and he was later featured as a trumpist and singer on "The Lawrence Welk Show". We are assuming that he was, like Steve Blauner and Joe Mikolas, one of Ernie's card buddies. Born in Fredonia, NY on February 16, 1919, Charles was an alumni of Ithaca Conservatory of Music (now part of Ithaca College). His musical career started with Kay Kyser, David Rose and "Tennessee" Ernie Ford before joing Welk in 1962. He had performed with greats such as Red Skelton, Dinah Shore, Bing Crosby and Andy Williams. Undoubtedly due to his association with Ernie, he was later featured in many of the Welk show's novelty skits and choral numbers. Charlie enjoyed classical music along with Ernie, but he also played the drums and and was a scratch tennis player at 5'5" tall. Charles Parlato passed away at his home in Oak Park, CA on September 8, 2007.

[Updated December 24, 2010] - Upon further research, it has been suggested on another website that this movement is a varient of Garayev's symphony "Don Kikhot" (Don Quixote), specifically Movement II, "Sancho, the Governor". You can hear samples of the symphony and movements at http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/a... .

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