The recent outpouring of interest in Peter Falk's lost music album "And one more thing... Merry Christmas" has led to a flurry of activity in search of more of this ancient treasure.
Yesterday afternoon I received an exuberant email from a paleontologist at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. While poking around in a tar pit with fellow paleontologists, this excellent explorer of the extinct came upon a strange, hard object stuck in the goopy, sticky tar of site #13.
At first the scientists thought it was a partial clavicle from a triceratops. On further inspection, they determined it to be a plastic cylinder filled with old recording tapes. One of these tapes proved to be a long lost recording of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Unknown to many, the two entertainers stayed in touch in spite of their very public break-up in the late 1950's. A lucky tourist with a keen eye might spy them on a Tuesday afternoon in a darkened booth in the back corner of Musso's, enjoying a late lunch, or shopping for antiques in Topanga.
CUT TO: a hot Sunday morning in 1973. At the request of mutual pal Peter Falk, Dean and Jerry arrive at Falk's Malibu beach house. There, in the garage next to the Bentley, they set up microphones and recorded this classic holiday chestnut.
You can tell it's at the beach. If you listen very carefully, you can just barely hear the sound of seagulls in the distance.
And speakin’ of dino-saurs. Here’s some bonus tracks payin’ homage to the Dino himself!