Tuesday, March 10, 2009
My partner, Jason, turned me on to the 1960’s New York girl group—The Cake. Mr. Peacock is mesmerized every time he watches their 1967 performance from the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (see video above)—singing “You Can Have Him.” The Cake girls step out from a pink sherbet colored Dali-esque set; immediately Chelsea Lee (blond hair) & Barbara Morillo (dark brunette) start singing and grooving, while seventeen year old, Jeanette Jacobs, stands completely still—like a Japanime deer frozen in the headlights.
The Cake recorded two albums, between 1966-1968, of R&B standards and their own original material. Jeanette Jacobs sadly passed away in 1980, at age 30.
Here’s another video (above) of The Cake performing "Mockingbird" in 1967 on the television special, Popendipity. Again, heavy-eyed Jeanette Jacobs, barely moves, while Chelsea and Barbara slide around on the floor. Who knows…maybe this was their schtick to have Jeanette just stand there—I guess we’ll never know? What do you think?