Saturday, July 21, 2007


Just heard that Tammy Faye Bakker has died. Well, she's been "Messner" not "Bakker" for a while, but she'll always be Bakker to me.

Most people think of her as the free-spending wife of a crooked philandering televangelist, but in our little corner of the musical world, she is fondly remembered for her contributions to the rich field of Christian children's puppet records, where grown adults sing
the praises of the Lord in weird voices. These '70s/'80s records have been amply chronicled here, here ("Praise The Lord" is a particular favorite of mine), here, and this tune from Cool and Strange Music Magazine's Thrift Store Compilation:

Tammy Faye Bakker: "Oops! There Comes a Smile"

No new music here - some of you are probably well aware of these tunes - but spin 'em one more time for Tammy Faye. And ask yourself the question, is "There Comes a Smile" good grammar?


retank said...

OOHH, Thank You Indeed. I have been searching all my archives and it appears I lost my copy of OOps,There Comes a Smile.

And I will be bookmarking you for my future surfing.

Anonymous said...

I feel like I should hate Tammy Faye, but how could you? She was just so clueless, like a dopey dog that followed you around, tripping over things...Listening to these now with fondness, instead of snorting with laughter the way I usually did...