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Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby Steve Marcus » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:44 pm

It has been documented that the late Debbie Reynolds played the French horn.

IIRC, Debbie Reynolds appeared on at least one talk show (Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, etc.), making an entrance with a bit of her Vegas show in which she PLAYED (not just held or danced with) a fiberglass sousaphone before she sat down next to the host's desk. The song might have been a novelty such as "Hello, My Baby."

Does anyone else remember this (or better yet, have video or still photos)?

Have there been any other actors who have played tuba publicly, such as Patty LuPone in "Sweeney Todd" and Andy Griffith? (really played, not faked like Patty Duke)
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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby sousaphone68 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:52 pm

Tom Wilson aka Biff Tannen played the sousaphone https://youtu.be/PR_hh8ong_k
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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby David Richoux » Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:26 pm

Here is Debbie playing the French Horn (or so says the caption.)
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No luck so far on finding her with a Sousaphone.
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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby Walter Webb » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:42 pm

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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby Three Valves » Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:05 am

WOW!!

She is so young she doesn't look like herself!!
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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby David Richoux » Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:16 pm

Walter Webb wrote:Check, on the French Horn thing! http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/4795 ... -Roll.html" target="_blank


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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby DonShirer » Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:53 pm

One of the web obits said that Debbie played the French Horn and Bassoon in a youth orchestra, presumably while in high school.
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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby bloke » Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:31 pm

Anyone who could learn those dance steps and songs she learned at age 19 (movie: "Singin' In The Rain") could also have learned to be a very good bassoonist or horn player previously.
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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby sticky_valve » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:22 pm

Have there been any other actors who have played tuba publicly


Peter Falk as Columbo...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhQzAN3eqTM
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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby GC » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:00 am

Andy Griffith played "Melody in F" on tuba on a variety show when I was a kid. At that point he was still best known as a comedy act. I remember that he played it quite competently.
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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby David Richoux » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:38 pm

GC wrote:Andy Griffith played "Melody in F" on tuba on a variety show when I was a kid. At that point he was still best known as a comedy act. I remember that he played it quite competently.


He was a North Carolina state champion high school tuba player and as I recall he also played through college. He was a big Trad/Dixieland enthusiast all of his life, but I don't know if he played regularly in any group. He also sang and later on came back to his old school to lead the Glee Club. There are some pictures of him in high school band somewhere on Tubenet.
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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby proam » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:45 pm

sticky_valve wrote:
Have there been any other actors who have played tuba publicly


Peter Falk as Columbo...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhQzAN3eqTM

Funny! That episode was on last night. Peter Falk was not really playing, though, just miming along.

And I didn't like that particular episode very much, either. It was from the 2nd iteration of Columbo, after a 10-year break. Falk was making Columbo a caricature of what Columbo had been.
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Re: Debbie Reynolds...and the tuba(?)

Postby GC » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:42 pm

Didn't Tommy Johnson teach Bill Murray a bit about playing the Sousaphone for the first Charlie's Angels movie?
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