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[ARSCLIST] Vaughn Meader and Lenny Bruce, was New LoC Recording Registry
I had to look it up as I never thought about Meader after Kennedy...
this was on Wiki:
After John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Texas, in November, 1963,
sales of The First Family albums plummeted, and stores removed the
records from their shelves as the nation went into mourning. Meader
and others commented through the years that the assassin's bullet
killed not only Kennedy, but also Meader (or, Meader's career). His
act was no longer in demand and even appearances that were already
booked—including those for the Grammy Awards show, the Joey Bishop
show, and To Tell the Truth—were canceled.
According to several sources, avant-garde comedian Lenny Bruce
appeared at a New York nightclub the day of Kennedy's assassination.
As if testing his audience's readiness to find something funny so
soon after tragedy, Bruce was silent for several moments before
announcing, "Vaughn Meader is screwed!"  Certainly, Meader
discovered that he was so completely typecast as a Kennedy
impersonator that he could not find anyone willing to hire him for
any of his other talents. He recorded comedy albums for Verve
Records, including sketches on almost anything except the Kennedys,
but sales were virtually nonexistent.
I can just imagine Bruce at that moment... Meader had a sad ending.
Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
On Jun 11, 2009, at 3:07 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
Also what about comedy albums? "The First Family" won a Grammy,
charted for weeks and has the whole interesting story of Vaughn
Meder's ill-fated career. George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Lenny
Bruce, Bill Cosby, and so many other popular, commercially
successful and socially relevant recordings.
-- Tom Fine