Helaine and I have been together a long time. More on that next week. Like most couples… God, I hope most couples… we have little inside things only the two of us understand. Here’s an example.
Anytime Helaine mentions Seattle Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee I slap my hand down like the opening drum hit and hum my way though Cliff Nobles’ “The Horse.” It was an instrumental that made it to number two in 1968. I played that song hundreds of times on-the-air.
Cliff Lee. Cliff Nobles. OK, it’s a stretch but it works for
us me and she nicely plays along puts up with it.
Tonight we were on the phone when Lee’s name came up. He had shut down the Yankees in a masterfully pitched game.
I did my “Horse” hum.
“Mention that at the station,” she said, “and no one will know what you’re talking about.”
Sobering. No one wants to be the obviously old guy.
As I sat and pondered Helaine was busy looking up Cliff Nobles. He was a cipher. Other than his name I knew nothing about him… and as it turns out I wasn’t too good with even that! Until she did the research I thought his name was Noble with no “s.”
Then Helaine read from Wikpedia.
“Their second release for the record label was the single “Love Is All Right” b/w “The Horse”, which featured the horn section from what would later be known as MFSB. “The Horse” was simply an instrumental version of the A-side, and Nobles, who was the lead singer, does not actually play on the track at all.”
“Nobles, who was the lead singer, does not actually play on the track at all.’
Yeah, that’s what I thought it said the first time.
Forty plus years after the fact and I’m just hearing Cliff Nobles is a no show on his
biggest only hit! Who does he think he is, Gary Lewis¹?
This is just too weird. I can’t wait for Cliff Lee to pitch again.
¹ – In spite of putting Gary Lewis down for possibly not being in the room while his songs were being produced I love the music attributed to him. Honest.