Telly Savalas, Who Loves Ya Baby, MCA-2160, 1976
Sometimes I really earn my pay… Telly Savalas was a fairly large movie star who became a huge TV star in the 70s with the success of his police detective show Kojak. In New York City, where the show was set, people of a certain age still call it a “Kojak” when they find a convenient free parking space, because Telly always found three empty spaces in front of where he was going. After all, it’s not easy to park a brown Buick Century in Midtown. I bring all this up because Detective Kojak had a catchphrase, like so many 70s characters had…”Who Loves Ya Baby”.
The music is pretty terrible. Telly really can’t sing, and his deep smoke clogged voice isn’t helped by the high octave of the background singers. He gives a lot of spoken word intros, including one in front of Gentile On My Mind where he says “as a kid growing up in New York, ‘out west’ meant Jersey”. There’s a lot of groovy 70s guitars, but the material just seems so out of place and, honestly, trying too hard.
The record was only in VG condition, so somebody played this more than few times. I just don’t know why anyone would do that to themselves, but I have the evidence. I’m running short on Trying Too Hard records, but I do have a whole slew of treasures of albums made as a result being famous from a TV role. Maybe this album is a nice transition to a new theme week…
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