J.J. Goldberg

Is Danny Sanderson of 'Poogy' Fame Channeling Eddie Cantor? You Decide

By J.J. Goldberg

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This is a clip from an early concert of Lahakat Kaveret, often known as the Poogy Band. There are four songs here: “Hamakolet”, “Magafayim shel Baruch”, “Goliath” and “Natati Lah Hayai”. It’s fabulous viewing if a) this was ever your thing and/or b) your Hebrew is good. But wait: There’s an eerie aspect, as I’ll note below.

O.K., here’s the weird part: Watch the hand gestures and body language of band leader Danny Sanderson (far right of the screen) in his solos in “Magafayim shel Baruch” (“Baruch’s Boots”) — it starts at 3:44 in the above video — and see if they don’t uncannily resemble the moves of an earlier master Jewish comic singer, Eddie Cantor, in his classic “Makin’ Whoopee.” Check it out:

If you want more musical nostalgia from what they call Good Old Eretz Yisrael, check out this Web site.

Continue to the jump if you’re interested in an unforgettable rendition of the Labor Zionist anthem, Bialik’s “Techezakna”.

Herewith, for you hard-core nostalgics for what was (supposed to be…), Chaim Nachman Bialik’s “Birkat Ha’am” (“The People’s Prayer”). “Strengthen the hands of all our brothers restoring the soil of our land. May your spirit not fail — come, joyous and singing, shoulder to shoulder, to serve the people.”



Comments
anonymous Wed. Jan 27, 2010

That's really quite a stretch, comparing hand gestures from Sanderson to Cantor. Must be really slow week in the press room.

Maxine Dovere Sat. Jan 30, 2010

Hi, J.J.

We shold do a followup - Poogy Today

Poogy - Meir Fenigstein - is in California. For the last 24 yearw he has been the spirit and direction of the Israel Film Festival. This year will be the 25th Anniversary.

Would love to speak

Maxine

Maxine Dovere 917 689 6100

Jack Sun. Jan 31, 2010

More from the series, “Musical Dybbuks”...

Susanna Hoffs [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjI4p8_NZVc, especially ca. 2:47] channels Groucho Marx [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8]. Oh those eyes!

P.S.: The note at the beginning of the Hillel Ilka Raveh video “שר ברוסית” means “song in Russian.” Soon after Bialik’s “Birkat Ha’am” (or “Tekhzaknah” appeared in “Kinneret Tsion” (1900), Aryeh Leib Yoffe translated the lyrics into Russian.

P.P.S.: In the choir backing Raveh, is that Larry David sitting front row, third from the left?

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