The Corpus PBS channel is on a fund-raising tear, something they seem to do about every other month. I notice that when they go looking for money, they apparently target the, you might say, older segment of their viewership. You can go a long time without doo-wop specials anywhere, but let them start a drive and you're gonna find the Drifters and the Coasters and all those Philadelphia Italians that were so much fun back ca. 1959 and "Duke of Earl" and 'Still of the Night" and other such delights. The old boys and girls are a little the worse for wear but still willing, if sometimes unable to hit the high notes anymore. It's fun to see them. Other night I turned on the PBS channel and someone was singing "The Wayward Wind," a distinctive song that starts with a flourish of French horns and is full of restless wanderer angst. Came out in 1956 or I'm slipping. I assume the very matronly singer was Gogi Grant, who did the original. I don't recall Gogi Grant ever doing any other song that amounted to anything. The funny thing was that there were in the audience people leaning on walkers and boogieing along with her. Really, walkers. Somehow that just ain't right. Or maybe it is.
Tonight Willy and Merle and Ray Price were on and still pretty good, though here, too, the old vocal range is diminished … but the spirit is willing. That is a great lineup. If you want money, go for the AARP crowd.