Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams

When George Carlin died, I wrote how the 70's were the last Golden Age of Comedy records charting high and going Platinum.  Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Cheech & Chong were Rock stars of the Comedy world.
Robin Williams didn't make as many albums as some of those names, but his first album, Reality What A Concept, came out just as Mork & Mindy was peaking.   Like a lot of Comedy albums I bought back then, I memorized everything on it.

Williams never gave up touring, but his film career eventually became what a new generation of fans remembered him for.  His films could be filled with highs and some were just plain puzzling bad. No different than Steve Martin's films, and always the curse of actor's who work too much.

He had problems, demons, that were hidden behind his manic stand-up.  It's the early days that well always resonate with me. And a few films. And that first album. His genius never dimmed.
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