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Monday, February 28, 2011

Eddie Brandt, 1924-2011

    Eddie Brandt was a piano player, writer, and arranger for Spike Jones & His City Slickers for many years, which alone should qualify anyone for a cushy spot in the afterlife. But that's not nearly all! He was head writer (and provided "Incidental Voices") for Beany & Cecil, he wrote for Hanna-Barbera in the '60s on Frankenstein, Jr. and The Cattanooga Cats, among others, and he even had an uncredited role as a piano player in Paul Frees' classic The Beatniks! I didn't have a lot of luck tracking down any good photos of the man (here's a so-so one of him in the '70s with Johnny Bond and Bob Nolan), but you can see him talking about his old boss in this clip:

   He also ran what sounds like a pretty amazing video store in North Hollywood, still being run by his wife and son. I would suggest checking it out if you find yourself in the vicinity.

   The Hollywood Reporter has the story. Note that they cite his age as 89; I'm going with the birthdate cited by the IMDB, which isn't always wise. Caveat emptor.

BONUS LINK: here's Mark Evanier to say a bit more about Mr. Brandt.


Anonymous said...

I don't trust them
by Scaramouche at Citysearch

I know this place has been around for years, has been featured on TCM, etc., etc. However, I bought a video tape of a movie from them, which they led me to believe was new, and it turned out to be a very poor-quality bootleg. I also bought tapes of a tv show, which are bootlegs of such poor quality they look like somebody just pointed their video camera at the tv and taped it off the screen. When I tried to open their website, I got a warning that "this website could damage your computer!" I just don't trust these guys, and I wouldn't recommend them. If you shop there, be sure what you're getting isn't a bootlegged copy before you give them any money.

* Cons: Kind of Seedy

Frantion said...

Died Feb. 20 of colon cancer at his home.