Sunday, August 10, 2008

RIP Lou Teicher -- Makeout Music King

Lou Teicher, half of the piano duo Ferrante & Teicher, whose florid and sentimental versions of movie themes and love songs made them gods of easy listening and earned them wide popularity beginning in the 1960s, died on earlier his month in Highlands, N.C. He was 83 and lived in Sarasota, Fla.

The album cover above really expresses what Ferrante & Teicher were all about -- makeout music for your parents (or grandparents). After "Bonanza" was over, get the kids in bed, mix up a pitcher of martinis, dim the lights and cue up the Ferrante & Teicher. Yeah ... it was definitely Mom and Dad time.

'Mad Men' Moves MCM Mainstream?

From Ad Age: "Thanks to Don Draper, Joan Holloway and the gang, slim suits, skinny ties, sheath dresses and pearls are finding their way into the closets of consumers.

"'As far as TV shows go, ["Mad Men"] probably has the most influence [on fashion],' said Kevin Harter, VP-fashion direction at Bloomingdale's. 'And we're going to see this influence continue.'"