About this Blog

"In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes." So said the bleached-out, late lamented artist Andy Warhol. Having lived and worked in New York City, Warhol came to fully grasp the hold celebrity has on us. In this very famous sentence, he meant to point out that in a culture fixated on fame, many people will suddenly flash brightly onto the public screen, then--poof--will just as quickly disappear from public view--like shooting stars. Other individuals derive their celebrity from one stellar accomplishment (one hit song, one iconic role, etc.) that they never again match.

This blog is devoted to the one part of our celebrity culture that no one has written much about: temporary/one-shot celebrities.

The pace of modern life has quickened, and now we hear people speaking of someone's 15 seconds of fame. These "celebrities with a lower-case c" who will appear in this blog sometimes come to us from the world of entertainment, sometimes from the world of news. All are fascinating.

The need of our communications media for a continual stream of new material assures that we will have no end of colorful people who go quickly, where celebrity is concerned, from zero to hero (or villain) and back to zero. Now you see 'em, now you don't. What a crazy world, eh?

Temporary celebrities coming from the world of entertainment include one-hit recording artists; TV and movie icons who, although they might have had a great many accomplishments in their career, are remembered for one big role; standouts of reality TV; sports figures remembered for one remarkable accomplishment; and people whose celebrity came from one big role in a commercial or print ad.

News-based temporary celebrities come in many forms: mass/serial killers, other murderers of special note, sex-crime offenders, disgraced figures of government/military/business/media/religion, spies/traitors, hoaxers, femmes/hommes fatale, heroes, whistle blowers, inventors/innovators, and victims.

Celebrity Blogsburg will consider each category in turn.

Friday, January 30, 2009

One-hit wonder Meri Wilson Edgemon

The double entendre was the stock-in-trade of singer Meri Wilson, whose married name was Edgemon. Her singular hit was the novelty song Telephone Man, from 1976. This funny, suggestive song's lyrics tell the story of how more than just a telephone was installed at the singer's apartment by a randy telephone man. Mari's voice, with its built-in leer, was, as the Three Bears once said, "just right" for relating this dalliance. Even the silly refrain, "Singin' do lolly, lolly, shicky bum, shicky bum" somehow worked.

Edgemon, who held both a bachelor's and master's degree in music and played guitar, cello piano and flute, worked nightclubs, recorded commercial jingles and was a choral director in addition to her recording of novelty songs. Two of her last numbers were a modernized version of Telephone Man, Internet Man, and another little number about a cross dresser titled My Valentine's Funny. The audicious Edgemon died tragically in 2002 at age 53 in an automobile wreck during a Georgia ice storm.

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