Arts & Culture
Mon December 23, 2013
The President, The Comic, and The Man in the Santa Claus Hat
In the early 1960s, comedian Vaughn Meader recorded a satirical album in which he poked some gentle fun at President John F. Kennedy. He wasn't the first person to imitate a sitting president, but Meader was the first to add such a satirical bent to his work. It was ground-breaking at the time, and his first JFK recording, The First Family, became the fastest-selling album in U.S. history up to that point.
The First Family and its sequel are both now widely available. But Meader also recorded a holiday single that was almost lost to history, largely like Meader himself.
Now, we have the fascinating tale of the intertwining lives of a comedian, a president, and a man on a quest to preserve a little bit of our recorded history.
Special thanks to Rob Martinez, Kelly Walker, Sarah Delia, and Katy Anderson for their assistance with this story.