Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Obit: Robert Goulet

For a split second I actually mistakenly thought "Benson" when I read the headline (that's Robert Guillaume). Then I realized, "Aw, man, Robert Goulet—love that guy, he was a fucking badass!
Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Robert Goulet, the singer whose rich baritone voice and classic tall, dark, dashing good looks made him a star on stage and television, has died. He was 73.

That's nice, but what did Robert Goulet do that was so great as to be eulogized in this fine establishment? Only a series of the finest television advertisments ever produced.

Back when ESPN was good, before college hoops became the NBAs farm system, and the sidelines were paced by a veritible Mount Rushmore of larger-than-life coaches, the Worldwide Leader™ needlessly blew the budget to remind me what I already knew—park my ass on the couch Monday and Wednesday nights...in January, not just March.

Here's a taste...



Goulet's website has high-quality videos of all sixteen ads—they're a total flashback to a carefree time of watching ungodly quantities of sports for me, and you should at least check out numbers 5, 9 and, oh...15, I guess...fuck it—they're all great. Dig.

Nobody was more smooth than Mr. G., baby. So smooth he had a candy bar, capische?

10 comments:

Chris Howard said...

I remember those. I've never been nearly interested enough in college basketball to sit through regular season games. Hell, I don't even watch much of the NCAA tournament.

Goulet had a great voice. He was the originla Lancelot in Camelot

Mr Furious said...

He had an Emerald Nuts commercial during the SuperBowl, but he never opened his mouth...I suspect his lung problems were affecting his voice by then.

While trolling around Youtube, I stumbled across a lot of good SportsCenter ads from back in the day, too.

Smitty said...

My grandma spins a great yarn about Goulet.

She went to go see him at a show in Detroit. Lounge-ish. She sat at a table, drinking her customary Manhattan. She is a lifelong smoker (I swear she came out of the womb smoking), and was puffing away, listening to Goulet. He walked off the stage and circulated among the crowd whilst singing. He approached my grandma, who absolutely adores the man. He sidled up to her table, took the cigarette from her mouth, and snuffed it in her Manhattan. All, she said, without missing a single beat or word of the song.

Rickey Henderson said...

Damn shame about Goulet.

But on the plus side, Robert Guillaume is still around. That dude's like a national treasure.

Mr Furious said...

That dude's like a national treasure.

Luckily for Guillaume it's his role on SportsNight that's imbedded in my brain, not the stupid sitcom he's synonymous with.

michelline said...

More importantly, Goulet was Lancelot in the original Broadway cast of Camelot, with Julie Andrews as Guinevere and Richard Burton as Arthur. I had the record album of the original Broadway cast and memorized it. I loved it so much I actually sang two of Guinevere's songs for a musical theatre competition in 11th grade. It's such a shame to hear he died.

Anonymous said...

Guillaume also had that key role as the voice of Rafiki in Disney's Lion King. Sportnight—much better than the days of Benson and and that German maid. Rene Auberjonois has also come a long way since those days...

I actually saw Goulet in Camelot at the Shubert in New Haven. He's a class act.

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