If you watched the HBO doc Nixon on Nixon last night, or on HBO GO this week, you may have noted an incident I'd long forgotten--the night at the White House in early 1972 when a singer with the super-square Ray Conniff Singers held up a protest sign vs. the Vietnam war and gave a little speech--"Bless the Berrigans, and Bless Daniel Ellsberg"--as they were about to go into their first super-square song. Nixon was there, for course, but so were Charles Lindbergh, Frank Borman, Lionel Hampton, Billy Graham, Bob Hope, and so on. It was a dinner for the Reader's Digest. Martha Mitchell said, "She ought to be torn limb from limb." You don't learn any of this from the doc but it's all in a lengthy 1997 piece in the Wash Post. She got booted out after that first song. Her name now rings a bell--Carole Feraci. And she was still alive in '97 and talked to the Post.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
That Ray Conniff Singer and Nixon
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