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.
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.