The Colonel (that's me) was born in Kentucky. But I was transplanted to Tarzana, California, where I grew up on a 900-square-foot plantation. There I learned all about Klezmer music from my friends the Jews.
At an early age of 42, I found I had a natural talent for music and dancing, and it wasn't long before I entered my first talent show at the Motion Picture Hospital for the Aging in Calabasas, California. Unfortunately I came in second, losing first place to Esther Warshawski who sang an astounding version "Shaboopie" from The Music Man.
However, Mr. Russ Regan, president of Quality Records, happened to be in the audience. "Kid, you've got talent," he said to me while sipping on pea soup. He then promptly died. Nevertheless, I was inspired.
So I did what any natural singer would do: I began busking on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California, on the corner of Arizona and 3rd, in between the La Salsa and Wetzel's Pretzels. Slowly, but surely, I built a following. But then the handicapped black break dancer performed, and I lost them.
After knocking over a liquor store (The Colonel does NOT condone violence, and will not tolerate any amongst his band nor his fans), I took the money and recorded my first single, "Pants Unbuttoned" at the legendary Proving Ground Studio in Simi Valley, California.
The rest, as they say, is history. (History being that the master tape sat on my bedroom nightstand for two years, next to my bottle of Toot's huckleberry gin and the stuffed jackalope.)
I'm hoping that "Pants Unbuttoned" will bring great joy to your friends and loved ones. Please do not unbutton your pants around any children, or police officers, unless they have instructed you to do so.