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Suzanne
05-24-2016
10:41 AM ET (US)
Gail, thanks for joining the chorus.
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Ed to Gail
05-23-2016
05:34 PM ET (US)
Gail, I won't tell you how I got mine but you won't find this as you would a standard tape or CD. I'm sure there have been high strung temperamental sopranos who swore in the key of C,
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Gail Swartz
05-23-2016
05:20 PM ET (US)
I was asked if I had heard "the blue tape" ,but when told what it was I did not request a copy. Mario had such a wonderful voice....why mess up my mind with trash. I would rather remember him as a great singer with a some-what bad-boy reputation. What Mario did for music must not be forgotten!
On May 22, 2016, at 10:54 PM, QuickTopic daily digest <qtopic-30-ECKcxtRbxUTNy@quicktopic.com> wrote:
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Ed to Linz
05-23-2016
02:13 PM ET (US)
Linz, I must admit from what I heard Mario went along with the gag and took it well, they must've really knew him when someone yelled out what he should go do as they were leaving.
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Suzanne
05-23-2016
02:02 PM ET (US)
Amen, Diane!
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Diane Cox
05-23-2016
11:21 AM ET (US)
Have not heard this tape, not especially interested in hearing it.I accept Mario Lanza as he was. Without the passion and the earthiness, Mario would not have been the person who used his voice the way he did. All out on everything - every word as if the last. You have to be an emotional, and maybe somewhat screwed up person to excel the way he did. He burned bright, until the fire was out.
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Suzanne
05-23-2016
10:53 AM ET (US)
Linz, don''t believe I ever said "All" of "We Girls". but I am entitled to my opinion , just as everyone else here is.Noted that all of the comments are from you"guys", and I'm sure Mario got his kick out of it as his colleagues did. Waiting to hear one of our female posters to say they enjoyed it. I'm just content to be an ostrich. His voice is more than enough for me.
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Linz to Ed
05-22-2016
08:11 PM ET (US)
Good for you Brother Ed! I love the part at the end where the three culprits involved in compiling the thing step forward and talk to Mario about the fun they had not just assembling the tape but doing the show itself over the past many months. Their great affection for him is obvious.
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Ed to Linz
05-22-2016
07:03 PM ET (US)
Linz, I must agree with you here, once we start to pick and choose what should be discussed here and what should be omitted we are not a true forum. I have a copy of the tape and found it humorous, I'm sure Mario did too. I can still listen to Mario and the fact he cussed like a sailor doesn't bother me.
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Jim Thompson
05-22-2016
03:10 PM ET (US)
Exactly right, Martino. My point was not censorship of a subject. Discussing a tape or CD with a lot of cuss words is, in my humble opinion, uninteresting and unnecessary. Over the years, as we know well, nastiness has reared up here. As one who has dealt with words in interviews and in describing stories for radio and TV for fifty years, I love words.You, Martino, seem to use your words without slaps or malice.
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Kristine
05-22-2016
03:02 PM ET (US)
My intention is to not discuss politics , here, but I would to say our First Lady's name is Michelle Obama. On Friday night, CBS TV aired the colorized "I Love Lucy" episodes of Lucy meeting John Wayne. Hilarious ! "The Andy Griffith Show", was shown,a few months ago, which was a colorized episode. I think "The Shower of Stars" t.v. variety shows, originally, aired on CBS TV. One show , starred Tony Martin, Marguerite Piazza, Vivian Vance, and maybe William Frawley, about a woman who owned a baseball team. I'd like to see these shows, again, even colorized, because when they first aired in 1950's, I was a baby, then, a small child, hardly remembered them. It would be great, if "The Shower of Stars" t.v. shows with Mario Lanza, Betty Grable, Harry James, Gene Nelson, Sheree North, Edgar Bergen &Charlie McCarthy, hosted by William Lundigan, were aired, even colorized, again, on CBS TV.
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Diane Cox
05-22-2016
12:46 PM ET (US)
What Martino said.
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Martino
05-22-2016
12:44 PM ET (US)
I have never heard the so called "blue tape" and have never sought it out because I have no interest in it. Not that I am prudish, anything but in fact, but I just have no interest. That does not mean it should be censored. Listen to it if you want, or don't - I don't care one way or the other. Am I going to learn anything from this? I doubt it. Would it be entertaining? Maybe for a moment or two, perhaps even a chuckle, then again, maybe not. It is just one of those things I don't care about.

I am curious about a lot of things involving Mario Lanza but that curiosity does not extend to his use of foul language, "cute" or otherwise. I know he used foul language and so have I, in fact with every one foot golf putt I miss!! I know what that is about all too well and I don't care at all if Lanza used those words. His mother might but I don't. It does not change my opinion of him in the least. That is my personal position but even if people choose to go there, I don't think it is anything worthy enough to dwell on for any reason I can think of. Certainly not like his singing that we can spend an eternity analyzing, talking about and debating. That sort of thing interests me far more than a few swear words here and there for the simple reason that I learn nothing from hearing them. On the other hand, I learn something new almost every time I hear the voice of Mario Lanza. THAT is what I care about and what is interesting and entertaining to me.
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Linz to Jim and Suzanne
05-22-2016
09:12 AM ET (US)
Jim—I sincerely hope no discussion concerning Mario is ever declared taboo here. The "blue tape" is a fact of reality and should not be out of bounds on any Mario forum that isn't the playground of neo-Puritans and Politically Correct Thought Police who, under Obama, rule. The Bret "bio" was defended by Sam just a few days ago, and it needed to be dismissed again as the trash it was, expeditiously, which I did. As far as discussion of Mario the artist is concerned, good luck with that. There's next to no inclination to discuss Mario's actual singing here at any time, and I don't recall your being especially active in that regard, Jim. "Discussion" means going beyond facile platitudes and talking in musically substantive terms. Martino does it well. The McGovern site did it well. Read my book for it, too (I know you won't).

Suzanne—I doubt that you are entitled to speak for all of "we girls." I have played the "blue tape" to many "girls," all of whom found it hilarious. Of course, they hadn't attended any of Michael Obama's courses in transgender humorlessness.
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Jim Thompson
05-21-2016
05:33 PM ET (US)
I sincerely hope the "blue tape discussion" ends here and that goes also for the crap which was written during the long "discussion" of the Bret Lie-Bio.
Are we really not here for discussion, and the possibilities of new information, about the artist, the singer, the person, MARIO LANZA, whose voice is etched uniquely in our hearts and souls?
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Suzanne
05-21-2016
01:10 PM ET (US)
Linz, oookaaay! But I think men would appreciate it, but we "girls" would rather not. Glad to hear he didn't really initiate it. Well, he did, but he didn't! Never thought he was an angel, though he sang like one would. Ronald, let's hope it won't be, even if it might mean more sales.
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