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Subject: IMO, the biggest 'overnight' fall was indeed, Vaughn Meader! -Here is the genius of Meader's (many) impressions AND comedy, selling SIX million LPs! Career sad, and reluctant sudden crash ...


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Date Posted: Friday, November 24, 10:44:55am
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Assassination aftermath ...


After Meader's death, he has been credited for having broken new ground in the area of political humor, particularly in impersonations of the President of the United States. In July 2006, nearly two years after Meader's death, the independent documentary First Impersonator premiered at the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville, Maine, Meader's birth town. The film chronicled Meader's life and death, his rise to fame and equally famous fall, and his influence on today's political impersonators.

In November 1963, Meader was busy recording a new comedy record, written by a different group of writers and not involving his Kennedy impersonation. On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, and Kennedy's death effectively ended Meader's career. Copies of The First Family were pulled from stores and a JFK-related Christmas single by Meader that had been released by MGM's Verve Records shortly before the assassination was quickly withdrawn. Appearances that were already booked were canceled, including one for the Grammy Awards ceremony. An episode of The Joey Bishop Show was also pulled, which Meader filmed one week before the assassination. The episode was never aired and was reportedly destroyed.

Meader reportedly first learned of President Kennedy's assassination after hailing a taxicab in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The driver, recognizing his celebrity passenger, asked "Did you hear about Kennedy?" Meader thought the driver was telling a joke and responded "No, how does it go?" The driver then informed him of the sad news, and from the taxi's radio Meader heard the breaking news bulletins for the first time.

According to several sources, standup comedian Lenny Bruce went on with his November 22 nightclub show as scheduled. Just hours after Kennedy's death, Bruce walked onstage, stood silently for several moments, then said sadly, "Boy, is Vaughn Meader fucked." The joke proved true. Meader discovered that he was so completely typecast as a Kennedy impersonator that he could not find anyone willing to hire him for any of his other talents.

His non-Kennedy album for Verve Records Have Some Nuts!!! came out to minimal attention in early 1964. A similar follow-up If The Shoe Fits... was released in late 1964, and included sketches on almost everything except the Kennedys, but sales were meager at best. Meader's income evaporated, new-found friends and associates stopped calling, and by 1965 Meader was virtually broke. Sinking into depression, he became addicted to alcohol and drugs, and was forced to take whatever work he could find. He reunited with Earle Doud in 1971 for an album called The Second Coming, a comedic look at what life would be like for Jesus if he had returned to earth around the time of Jesus Christ Superstar, but airplay and sales were virtually nonexistent.

After Meader's October 2004 death, he has been credited for having broken new ground in the area of political humor, particularly in impersonations of the President of the United States. In July 2006, nearly two years after Meader's death, the FASCINATING independent documentary FIRST IMPERSONATOR premiered at the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville, Maine, Meader's birth town. The film chronicled Meader's life and death, his rise to fame and equally famous fall, and his influence on today's political impersonators. ...

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaughn_Meader#Assassination_aftermath
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7ecwMsX2PQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khg59tbQdZw



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There's a clip at Youtube of Meader performing on "Hootenanny" in Mar. 1964. It was 3 and a half months after JFK's assassinationHe doesn't do his JFK impersonation, obviouslyFriday, November 24, 11:54:45am


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