Monday, October 22, 2007

Sam Kinison


I have an addition to Music Monday. Naomi has written a beautiful post.
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Here in the Hills for the story.
I am posting the videos only.

CAROL BRUCE 1919-2007

"Someone to Watch Over Me"


I am dedicating this post to a friend.
Welcome to Raggedyland!

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
~ Anaïs Nin

Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of.
~ Sarah Orne Jewett

This post contains a viewer discretion advisory!
This post contains Adult content.
We are taking a walk on the wild side today.
This is a Music Monday mixed with some comedy because Sam is a multi talent and I can’t show the music without the comedy and do him justice.

The information for this post comes from a variety of sources,
Sam Kinison Official Web Site
About Sam Kinison
Rodney Dangerfield
and video from You Tube .

Sam Kinison

Samuel "Sam" Burl Kinison (December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedian and actor.

Kinison was famous for his extremely raunchy humor and amazingly wild, colorful outfits.

Some Sam Quotes:

That's when you know you're pretty f---ed up, when it makes sense to fall asleep... I was driving between Needles and Barstow... It's about 120 miles of desert... It's four in the morning, man...
Hey, this is a pretty good time to go to sleep ... (SCREAMS HYSTERICALLY) So I totaled this f---in' car out, man!... I f---in' totaled it! And it made SENSE at the time!
-Sam Kinison

Detox? There's a bargain. $13,000 for a 3 and a half week treatment. And, folks, I don't want to sound like a casual user or anything, but if you can come up with $13,000, you don't have a problem yet!
-Sam Kinison

Jesus had a tough life. I read about that guy. Jesus is the only guy that ever came back from the dead that didn't scare the F--- out of everybody!
-Sam Kinison

I love women, I swear to God. It may not seem like it, but I do. It's so funny, women are always out there in the audience, going 'How come you don't say what's wrong with men?' BECAUSE A MAN NEVER BROKE MY F---ING HEART! A MAN NEVER LIED TO ME IN LOVE! A MAN DIDN'T MAKE ME WANNA DRIVE MY CAR INTO A F---IN' WALL!
-Sam Kinison

People are going: 'Man, aren't you afraid to tell jokes like that? Don't you get just a small chill that runs through your blood when you tell a joke like that? Aren't you afraid of going to hell?' No, I'm not worried about hell. Because I WAS MARRIED FOR TWO F---ING YEARS! HELL WOULD BE LIKE CLUB MED!
-Sam Kinison

One of his albums featured four songs performed by him and his band, and during one notable The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson performance, he delivered what began as a straightforward version of Elvis Presley's Are You Lonesome Tonight, which descended into angry ranting during the spoken breakdown.

Kinison might be considered a "heavy metal comedian," since he was occasionally accompanied by a touring band; he also had a prodigious appetite for drugs and alcohol. In 1988, he recorded a novelty version of The Troggs' "Wild Thing." The record didn't make the Billboard Hot 100, but the video was a hit on MTV, featuring cameos from Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Slash, Billy Idol, rock guitarist Steve Vai, guitarist Frank Zappa's son Dweezil Zappa, Richie Sambora, Tommy Lee from Mötley Crüe, Robbin Crosby, Warren DeMartini and Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin and a raunchy "roll on the mat" dance with Jessica Hahn. Sam hammered out some licks on a custom Stratocaster, with an airbrushed picture of his face frozen in his famous scream.

A Love Song

Sam on Rap

A former revival-style preacher, his standup routines were most often characterized by intense, angry ranting and punctuated by his trademark scream. Sam Kinison became one of the the loudest and rudest comedians of the 20th century. For some, his name conjures up images of a hard-partying, hard-drinking wild thing. His views on religion, women, and world hunger managed to put him on the shock comedy map. However, the fact is this demon from hell was an angel in disguise.

A Comedy Clip

Born in Yakima, Washington, Kinison later attended high school in East Peoria, Illinois. He also lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a while with his parents who still live there. His father was a Pentecostal preacher. Sam and his brothers followed in their father's footsteps by touring churches across the Bible Belt and earning a decent living. He was originally a preacher before becoming a comedian. Recordings of his sermons reveal that he used a "fire and brimstone" style, punctuated with shouts similar to the ones he would later use in his stand-up routines. He was forced to leave preaching when he divorced his first wife, at which time he took up comedy.

Kinison's appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on November 14, 1985 is widely considered to be his breakthrough performance. David Letterman's introduction of Kinison would prove to be prescient: "Brace yourselves. I'm not kidding. Please welcome Sam Kinison."


Kinison was working to become clean and sober in the months before his death and he married his girlfriend Malika Souiri in 1992. Just six days after the wedding, Kinison's white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was struck by a seventeen-year-old drunk driver on US 95, four miles north of where it intersects Interstate 40, near Fort Mohave, Arizona and Needles, California. He was not wearing a seat belt, and his chest struck the steering wheel upon impact. His best friends J.J. Wall and Carl LaBove were in the van behind Sam. Sam got out of his car and fell to the ground Carl picked him up and held him until help came. As they sat on the road Carl reports that Sam was looking down the road and laughed and was talking to somebody and said no not now. Then he laughed and said "no, not yet" and laughed again then he said "ok, ok". He then died in the arms of his best friend. Oddly enough he had a joke that said none of us plan to drive drunk but how are we going to get our car's home for work the next day. His wife survived the accident. The other driver received only minor charges because Kinison was found to have very slight traces of cocaine in his bloodstream, though friends and relatives insisted that the comedian was 100% sober at the time of the collision.

He is interred with family members at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Apparently when Sam had the accident, I heard he got out of the car and look up to the heavens and said, 'I don't want to die,' and then just said, 'Oh, okay,' and laid down and died. It sounds crazy and will probably offend a lot of my fans, but I believe there's a higher power. Some people may think Sam Kinison's in one place, but I know where he is: He's upstairs; he's next to God.
-Ozzy Osbourne

He'll definately be remembered, because someone that funny and that wild you don't forget.
-Rodney Dangerfield

I found this Poem on Rodney's Site:

For Rodney
An old friend of mine died today,
a dear, old friend I never met.
I never had a chance to thank him,
to my great sadness and regret.

He made me laugh a million times.
He was always so much fun to watch
making jokes about his wife, his dog,
and his doctor, Vinnie Boom Botz!

He found the humor in a hard life,
though he was just a "regular guy".
I've heard his act a thousand times
but I always laugh until I cry.

Though he wasn't blessed with an actor's looks,
the world should be glad he heard the call
because he gave a voice to every one of us
who ever thought, "I get no respect at all!"

Ah, Rodney, I wish you could have lived forever.
The world is a lot darker now that you're gone.
But I'm sure you're making 'em laugh up in heaven
and the gifts you gave us will always live on.

Since you were always at the top of your game,
your passing was something I didn't expect.
But I can see you cracking up God right now
and hear Him saying, "Rodney, you have my respect."

That would probably come as a surprise to you
because, let's face it, you weren't exactly devout.
But I can't imagine God having no sense of humor
and I don't think that's what heaven's about.

"Rodney," He'd say, "I know you weren't a choirboy
but you're just as good or better, and here's why -
You made people laugh and forget their troubles
in a world where laughter's often in short supply.

I know you'll like it up here in heaven
and I'm sure that you'll never be lonely
because we've recreated your comedy club
and the place is already standing room only.

A lot of your old buddies are waiting inside.
Just like on earth, up here, you're a star.
Don't worry about being on your best behavior.
There's only one Rodney, so just be who you are.

Sam Kinison's sitting at the bar inside.
Andy Kaufman wants to say hello, too.
In fact, there are millions of people here
who would love to say thank you to you."

Then, with His arm around you, he'll walk you inside.
All your friends will be there, happy and healed.
He'll walk up on the stage, take the mic and say,
"Ladies and gentlemen . . . Rodney Dangerfield."

- Mark Rickerby

If God didn't have a sense of humor before, he does now.
-Members of Motley Crue

His performance style was overpowering, with his screaming and wildman appearance, and it disturbed a lot of people. But to me the screaming was eloquent. It was a vent of rage. It added power and depth to his material.
-Richard Belzer, comedian

When Sam wasn't cracking jokes, he was so incredibly nice. That's one thing that really surprised me when I met him. Some of his jokes were so rude, but he was warm, down-to-earth, caring, full of compliments.
-Lita Ford

When most people memorialize Sam, they remember his scream; his partying; his never-ending diatribe on women, homosexuals and the religious right. I, however, choose to remember something else about him. His soft, vulnerable side. The twinkle in his eyes. The times I spent with him and Malika, giving ourselves home facials and conditioning our hair, while watching his well worn copy of 'North By Northwest'. That is the Sam that I miss most.
- Hope Frederick

Sam Kinison was absolutely fearless. He was like a comedy combination of Chuck Yeager and Evel Kneivel. Most people go to the edge and then stop. Not Sam. He'd see the edge and then just keep going. And I think that scream he was famous for was just the sound he made on the way down.
-Robin Williams

We would jam at Spice all the time, and Sam would intentionally go on out of tune, just to frustrate the other musicians! Sam was a great piano player too. He loved Paul McCartney, and no one could do Paul like Sam could. He'd sing and play and, I swear, something came over him.
-C.C. DeVille, Poison

He hated to even hear the word religion, but he was definately a man who loved God. He had a cross inside the lining of that long coat he used to wear. It was no joke to him.
-Jessica Hahn

RIP Sam.You are missed.~Raggedy

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Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

Raggedy My dear.....
I LOVE these Clips of Carol Bruce! Thanks for liking my post about her to these wonderful clips...I hope people will stick with them...Cause as you know she does two songs on that early one, and than later...on WKRP, sje sings "SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME"...Love;y, indded...

Sam Kiniston...He was truly one-of-a-kind....This was like "An Evening With Sam"....How did you know him, Raggedy?
This is a very rich post....You have outdone yourself on this MONDAY MUSIC! Bravo, Bravo!

October 22, 2007 2:15 AM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...


October 22, 2007 2:26 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Raggedy ~~ What a great post and what a lot of work putting it all together. Sounds like Sam was a very
popular and funny man. Great entertainer who will be missed. Lucky we have these electronic means of retaining their talents to enjoy over and over. I hadn't heard of him.
Thanks for your comments and I am glad you like the pictures, I took more today to post tomorrow. Take
care my friend, Love, Merle.

October 22, 2007 5:58 AM  
Blogger cube said...

I remember laughing so hard that I cried listening to Kinison. I still miss him, & can only wonder what wild & crazy stuff he'd be doing today.

October 22, 2007 8:42 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Raggedy -- I'm beginning to like your Monday posts.
Especially now after your Sam Kinison article. It is just plain great!
Now I'm a fan of his, posthumously.


October 22, 2007 10:13 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Carol Bruce seemed to be a very beautiful and classy lady. Sam Kinison was just plaine funny... a little baudy for my tastes though. But God's plans are often difficult to understand looking at the view through OUR EYES! Thanks! ~ jb///

October 22, 2007 10:33 AM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

Thanks dear Raggedy, for explaining how the link willl work. You are so sweet to do this....I dearly appreciate it.

October 22, 2007 10:38 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

Love the Bruce clips; thanks for them.

I didn't care much for Sam.

October 22, 2007 2:41 PM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Boy howdy, Lady, you are going all out of late. Nice history/music piece here -- almost as good as the last one. But not quite.


Ol' Hoss

October 22, 2007 7:06 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

I liked this Mrs. Carlson, lol ! The other things I don't know.

October 23, 2007 2:46 AM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

Sam Kinison was a hoot. I remember hearing his explanation about why he never talked about what was wrong with men; it was about the same time I'd just wound up on the losing end of a relationship with a gal I had been utterly suckered by. In need of a laugh, I heard that routine and was rolling on the floor, laughing.

October 23, 2007 4:28 AM  
Blogger Deb @ Sugarfused said...

Just watched some of the Sam Kinison videos and I was crying I was laughing so hard, especially at one of his jokes about the married guy being so bored that all he had to do was worry about his yard and the crab grass growing. Scott and I cracked up because it reminds us so much about my parents. Thanks for the laughs, kiddo, especially since I'm home sick with the crud and it's only 5:30 in the morning lol!

October 23, 2007 5:42 AM  
Blogger Stealth said...

Saw him in Atlanta about 2 years before he died. When we left that night, I said to my friends, "That guy is going to get struck by a bolt of lightning." When he died, I wasn't at all surprised.

October 23, 2007 8:36 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Wow, these were great Raggedy! I sure learn a lot with these posts of yours!! Thanks!!

October 23, 2007 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What a post! I'm going to have to come back to get all these videos watched. Sam Kinison was so special. What a great tribute you've put together! Thanks. Hugs to you too darlin'.

October 23, 2007 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must have put in a TON TON of work. This was an amazing post. I loved Sam Kinison so it was great to see his stuff again.

October 23, 2007 11:18 PM  
Blogger Leann said...

thanks for sharing,cant say I ever saw the man before today.we dont know every one its ture.this guy touched alot of people.its odd at the minute he died someone was there talking to him.its as I figure you know you have to go but where do you go.
I believe if you were at all a believer of heaven and God,he comes to give you a chance once more before your gone.I maybe wrong but I pray for everyone to be with the Lord who loved them and died to make it so.

October 25, 2007 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great call on Sam. It is a sense of humor that separates us from all other species and Sam certainly set us apart on a higher level.
Raggedy you are truely are the Cool One, I will be a regular visitor to your site.

October 29, 2007 11:06 AM  

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