Monday, April 6, 2015

The 10 Best Eddies, No Eds Nor Edwards Need Apply

So here we are on Day 5 of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. And that means the Letter E. Ya know, in case ya'll don't know the alphabet, or if ya can't read the big E just to the right of these words. Anyhoo, here we are on day E, and that can mean only one thing. A top ten list. Okay, maybe that isn't the only thing it can mean, but that's what it does mean, so take it as you will. But since we are on the subject, this top ten list (and for those new to this blog, lists are kind of an obsession 'round these parts) will rank my favourite Eddies, from 10th to 1st (along with a special mention and some runners-up for good measure). No Eds or Edwards or what have you, just Eddies (and one rebellious Eddy). So that's what we got goin' here, on E-Day.

As for those aforementioned good measure runners-up, they are, in no particular order: Baseball hall of famer Eddie Murray; drag queen comic Eddie Izzard; Music legends Eddie Kendricks and Eddie Levert; music legends(?) Eddie Rabbitt and Eddie money; Green Acres star, Eddie Albert; and the Big Ragoo himself, Eddie Mekka (who almost made the list, missing by just a hair). I would mention Eddie Van Halen and/or Eddie Vedder, but I'm not really much of a fan of either one. So, with that being said, here are my choices for the Best Eddies in the world. Oh, and a quick shout out to my friend Eddie Allgood. Yeah, he doesn't actually go by Eddie, but for the purposes of this list, he does. Now, on with the show!

And awaaaaaaay we go...

Special Mention: Eddie & the Cruisers 
Technically a movie, not a person (though I could have just went with the film's titular main character instead of the film as a whole) which is why it is not in the list proper. Part mystery, part noir, part rock & roll homage, part supernatural thriller, part love story, this 1983 film about the supposed death of a rock icon, and what happens after, is actually a much better film than it's mostly forgotten status would lead one to believe. And it highlights the music of John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. You should really check it out. Ignore the sequel.

10. Eddie Fisher

Many of my younger viewers probably don't recognize this name, but back in the day, he was a crooning superstar. Yeah, he may have been a bit of a cad in his day. He left his first wife, Debbie Reynolds, to be with her best friend, Elizabeth Taylor. Yeah, rather a cad. But he was a hell of a crooner. Yeah, maybe he's no Sinatra or Dino, but as far as Eddie's go, he's the best of the crooner crowd. Oh, and he's Princess Leia's dad, to boot.

9. Eddy Grant

I went a bit sideways with the spelling on this one, but he still counts dammit! For those who do not already know, Eddy Grant is a Guyanese-British reggae musician who is probably best known for his 1983 hit single, Electric Avenue. He also had a minor hit the following year called Romancing the Stone, which was commissioned for the film, but cut in final editing. His real contribution to music though, is his creation of a whole new sub-genre called Ringbang, a sort of Pan-Caribbean jazzy thang.

8. Eddie Cochran

Eddie Cochran was the king of rockabilly for about a minute back in 1958 or so. His Summertime Blues is one of the finest songs of his era. Unfortunately, Cochran died in a car accident in 1960, at the age of 21. So, for obvious reasons, we will never know if the musician would have had a long and successful career, but I like to think he would have. As far as Eddie's go, a truncated career or not, Cochran is the rockinest of 'em all.

7. Eddie "Rochester" Anderson

Sure, we all knew the guy as Rochester, his iconic role on The Jack Benny Show, but his real name was Eddie Anderson. In 1937, when he began his role of Rochester van Jones on the aforementioned Jack Benny Show, the long-time vaudevillian and radio star became the first person of colour to have a regular starring role on radio. While on the show, this Eddie-turned-Rochester, often outshone Mr. Benny, and that's what gets him on our list.

6. Eddie Crane

Hey, they can't all be humans. Our lone canine member of the list was one of the stars of one of the best and most well received situation comedies of our day.  Eddie was played by Jack Russell Moose on the show Frasier, and stole each and every scene he was in. One of Moose's children went on to live with actress Peri Gilpin, who played Roz on the show. Moose/Eddie also has his own "autobiography" written by Brian Hargrove, husband of the show's David Hyde Pierce. But hey, maybe Eddie Crane isn't the only canine on the list...

5.Eddie Munster

For two seasons back in the 1960's, the Munster family was a  mainstay of primetime television. Granted, they were never as cool as The Addams Family (oddly running for the exact same two seasons), but The Munsters were still a fun family to hang with once a week. And yes, there was Herman and Lily and Grandpa too, but the obvious choice for this list, is that little werewolf boy, Eddie Munster. And even though many have compared idiot GOP'er Paul Ryan to poor hapless Eddie, please don't hold that against the kid.

4. Eddie Rickenbacker

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker was not only a World War I flying ace (and the most decorated war hero of his day), but he was also a race car driver, an auto designer, a military adviser, the big boss for many years at Eastern Air Lines, and even a cartoonist. Yeah, Eddie Rickenbacker may indeed be the most interesting man in the world...but apparently, he is only the fourth best Eddie. So let us move on...

3. Eddie Murphy

Yeah, in recent times, Eddie Murphy hasn't exactly been setting the comedy world on fire, but back in the day...watch out world! Back in 1981, after Lorne Michaels and the original Not Ready For Primetime Players left SNL, the show was in bad shape. Eddie Murphy came along and became the lone bright spot in a few seasons of relative shit. Murphy hit it so big, so quickly, that he actually became the only person to ever host the show while still a cast member. Eddie was on fire, and one of the funniest guys around. What happened later, who knows, but back in the day...

2. Eddie, an Ex-Delivery Boy

Being a Frankie Fan from waaay back, this former Rocky Horror midnight show cast member (thru two incarnations, and about 200 shows, in full costume, I've played every character in the cast at one time or another) could not create a list of his fave Eddie's without including Meatloaf's tremendous take on the biker with a heart made for eatin'. Hot Patootie, Bless My Soul.

1. Fast Eddie Felson

A pool shark is cool enough to make it onto any list, but when you add in Paul Newman, one of the greatest (and coolest!) actors in all of cinematic history, then you are going straight to the top, kid! Fast Eddie was the cocksure kid who tried to take down Jackie Gleason's Minnesota Fats in the classic 1961 film, The Hustler. More than a quarter century later, Fast Eddie would make a comeback in the 1986 Marty Scorsese picture, The Color of Money. This would be the time Paul Newman finally won the Oscar he had deserved at least three or four times before. Yup! As far as Eddie's go, Fast Eddie is the tops, kid!

That's it gang. See ya 'round the web.

7 comments:

  1. Glad you ended with Fast Eddie. he needs his due. I always liked The Munsters more than The Addams family. I would have put Eddie Albert in the list-he was in Green Acres and played such a jerk in The Longest yard

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    1. Eddie Albert almost made the list. And you like The Munsters more than The Addams Family? Dem's fightin' words!

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  2. Love me some Eddy Grant. Didn't know about Ringbang though.

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    1. Wouldn't trust someone who doesn't like themselves some Eddy Grant. Thanx for stoppin' by. See ya 'round the web.

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  3. That Eddie is one big dreamboat. I, of course, speak of Eddie from Rocky Horror.

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  4. Wow... Eddie's aren't dead! I add my Ed to your Eddie list... Cartoon Network's Ed, Edd and Eddy, unless you don't want to Ed'it... :)

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