Music on Mondays (2-16-15)—King Tut

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

On this day in 1923, archaeologists opened the tomb of King Tut. Anything having to do with King Tut reminds me of Steve Martin’s 1978 novelty song of the same title which, novelty though it was, climbed up to #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

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The song actually is by King Tut & The Toot Uncommons, members of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Steve Martin premiered it on “Saturday Night Live” on April 22, 1978.

Although “Saturday Night Live” started in my college years, I was never a big fan of the show. Never a big fan of Steve Martin, either. The humor of SNL and Steve Martin escaped me, but I realize I’m in a minority….

However, I am reminded today that “The Discovery of King Tut” exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum is here until April 26. I missed the brouhaha and the 1976-1978 traveling exhibit that made its way throughout the United States, and I missed King Tut the last time he came to San Diego a decade ago. I shall endeavor to get my rear in gear and get to the exhibit before it closes, for I do love history.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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8 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (2-16-15)—King Tut

  1. philosophermouseofthehedge

    The Museum of Natural Science here has been adding items to their Egyptian rooms..you’ve reminded me I need to wander over. (And if you haven’t made it to the British Museum, you really need to go…such wonders….allow lots and lots of time)
    That song was funny. The older SNL shows are funny – the new ones? Not so much. (writers! Writers!)

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