Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Moran & Mack

Today, in most of America racism and bigotry are seen s strange museum pieces. Ideas so backward and deluded that they are almost comedic. I know in some parts of the country are unlit by decent education and are lagging behind but by and large that is the situation. There are still retards that deny evolution. You never reach 100% saturation with any idea. If the average IQ is 100, then by definition half of your sample will be below average. So for the record, I present this as an archaic museum piece.Moran and Mack were famous for black face routines and racist humor. It wasn't even as light hearted as Al Jolson. The two Black Crows routine was just plain racist. To a modern listener it's hard to even grasp this as "comedy." It was just a dialog of racial stereotyping, it contained no actual jokes. Here's an example:

MACK: Wish I had an ice-cold watermelon.
MORAN: Oh lawdy. Me too.
MACK: Wish I had a thousand ice-cold watermelons.
MORAN: Glory be. I bet if you had a thousand ice-cold watermelons, you'd give me one.
MACK: No, no siree! If you are too lazy to wish for your own watermelons, you ain't gonna get none of mine.
The routine began on vaudeville, appeared on Broadway was recorded as a series of Phonograph records and also more importantly was performed on radio. the record sold over a million copies, only the second record to do so ever. The record was amazingly popular. Allow me to quote from this AES Convention doc.
Another of our records which held promise of success was titled “TWO BLACK CROWS”, featuring Moran and Mack, a pair of black face comedians from the vaudeville stage. However, the performers were asking an advance royalty of $10,000.00 in lieu of a fixed recording fee. Most recording companies refused to pay what they considered an exorbitant amount. However, Mr. Prescott took a test pressing to Columbia and convinced them to release the record. Needless to say, Moran and Mack’s royalties far exceeded the $10,000.00 advanced to them by Columbia Records.
The act was started by Charles Mack. the part of Moran was played by several actors, Charles E. Sellers, John Swor, and George Moran for whom the bit was co-named. Moran & Mack had a regular bit on the Majestic Hour program on the NBC blue network in 1928. they were paid $2,500 per week for 20 weeks. They also performed the routine on the Eveready Hour in 1924 on WEAF-AM. This was NBC's big variety show. More here. Charles Mack died in an automobile accident in 1934, near Mesa arizona. He was 46.