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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Goodnight everyone, and have a Nawlins' weekend

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, since Mardi Gras began earlier this week, music with a New Orleans flavor, so a bit more raw and raunchy than our usual smoooooth selections.

Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson combined their talents under the name of the Highwaymen on a few occasions in the 80’s and 90’s.

Let’s open tonight with their cover of an Arlo Guthrie smash.

I don’t want no pickle….

Just wanna ride on my motor-sickle.

Anyone under 30 has no idea why that’s germane.

Heck, a lot of people under 30 don’t know what germane means.

We digress.

This is the week of paczki and parades and hurricanes and women showing off their anatomy.

New Orleans is the height of debauchery this week. However, it has produced some fine musical talent.

The wide pop music audience had no idea who Mac Rebennack was until the early 70’s when, using his stage name of Dr. John, he released his biggest record, “Right Place, Wrong Time.”

In those days, Dr. John, the Night Tripper would wear outlandish costumes in concert and throw pound after pound of glitter into the crowd. His onstage repertoire included brightly colored robes, feathered headdresses, and Mardi Gras–style back-up dancers and singers.

Over 40 years later, the look is decidedly different.


By his early teens he was already an accomplished pianist and guitarist. He combined New Orleans funk, glitter, and voodoo charm in his early days of recording and performing.

His 1989 In a Sentimental Mood collected old blues and saloon standards, and earned him his first Grammy, for his duet with the delightfully strange Rickie Lee Jones on “Makin’ Whoopee!”

The two perform here on the old Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson.


Next up, I can’t.

No, I simply cannot.

I can’t resist this next portion of our special theme this week.

Elvis Presley is, in my view, the greatest entertainer of all time. His critics question his less than Oscar caliber films.

Those who fully understand his entire career know all too well the young man had great acting ability. Witness what many believe to be his best film, “King Creole.”  Filled with drama and a great supporting cast, “King Creole” showcased and demonstrated what the King could do with the right material.

Set in New Orleans, “King Creole” has Elvis playing the role of a young kid who gets involved with the wrong crowd, big time. But along the way, he sings. Does he ever.

In this scene, Elvis is seen with Walter Matthau and Carolyn Jones. He sings the song he would open his highly acclaimed 1968 Comeback TV Special with 10 years later.


If you have not seen this movie, Elvis fan or not, I highly recommend. It will open your eyes to the acting ability Elvis truly had.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.


Have a great weekend.

We close with one of the best loved songs from tonight’s featured genre, and recorded in the early 70's by an unlikely group. .

They perform it live in Japan where they were immensely popular.

Get ready to clap your hands, tap your feet and sing along.


And as Dr. John used to say onstage, thank you music lovers!




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