Saturday, August 18, 2012

Jesus Sings Bacharach

Forty years ago - give or take - Ted Neeley first played and sang the title role in "Jesus Christ Superstar."


Of course, you've got to start somewhere before portraying the son of God. Here's Teddy boy with his combo on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.


If "Always Something There to Remind Me" sounds familiar, it was written in the early 1960s by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Dionne Warwick and Lou Johnson recorded versions, and in 1983, British band Naked Eyes took it Top Ten.


These days, Ted Neeley is rumored to have a part in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and after mixed reviews on the last "Jesus Christ Superstar" tour (he's 68 and Jesus is believed to have died at 33), Ted's moving into country.

One last bit of Ted Neeley trivia, you can spot a marquee for the Ted Neeley Five at about 3:33 in this collection of clips from the Blue Boy episode of "Dragnet." That's the one where one guy on LSD literally buried his head and another licks paintbrushes.






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