Saturday, February 27, 2010
Ted Knight...Ted Baxter...Henry Rush
On August 27, 1986, the day after TED KNIGHT died, The Turtles (as they were billed) gave a FREE concert in Wilmington, Delaware in Rodney Square as part of a series of summer concerts for the city that year (Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals also did one of these). I was a teenage Turtles fan (and somewhat of a mutant) and I recorded the show on my cheap little cassette recorder close to the front of the stage. Flo & Eddie (Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman) were great as they sang their hits, parodied Flashdance, Springsteen, Dire Straits, The Doors and they even did some Mothers stuff. Mark did the cowbell solo on "She'd Rather Be With Me" and they cracked 'Delaware' jokes every chance they got including an impromtu blues number with the lyric "Oh, Delaware you're gonna be the death of me yet." Of course, they closed the set with "Happy Together" and Wilmington for ONCE was kind of cool.
But the best part of the show was their spontaneous musical tribute to the freshly deceased Ted Knight with an impromptu "Love Is All Around" (written by the buddy of Buddy Holly, Sonny Curtis), the theme from the "Mary Tyler Moore" show complete with the MTM kitten "meow" at the end.
THE TURTLES "Love Is All Around" August 27, 1986 Wilmington, DE MP3