700 Sundays by Billy Crystal

By Billy Crystal

To help his relatives, Billy Crystal's father, Jack, labored jobs, having just one day per week to spend along with his kin. in line with Crystal's one-man Broadway exhibit of an analogous identify, "700 Sundays"--referring unfortunately to the time shared by way of an adoring father and his dedicated son--offers a heartfelt, hilarious memoir. images all through.

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For me it’s easy because I think it’s the happiest music in the world. And when it’s good and it’s really cooking, to me, Dixieland is like the end of the Kentucky Derby . . “And down the stretch they come. The trombone sets the pace, cornet takes the lead, clarinet comes up on the outside. ” And I couldn’t help myself. I ran up onstage and I started tap-dancing with them. Mom had been teaching me to tap-dance, but I only could get the right leg to work. The left just stood there watching the right one, as I danced to “Muskrat Ramble” spin45 billy crystal ning around only using my right leg, looking like a dog chasing its tail.

And when I heard that, I felt so proud because it never occurred to me back then when I was growing up. It meant my dad was one of the first producers to integrate bands, to play black players with white players. And oddly, that wasn’t happening a lot even in New York back in the late forties and fifties, when the Central Plaza was at its height. The players loved Dad because he would do this, and he loved them back. 42 7 0 0 Sundays When he played them, he paid them the best he could, and when they died, he ran benefits for their families.

I couldn’t help it, I started to giggle. “What’s so funny? What are you laughing at? ” I was laughing so hard my ribs hurt. “Oy, I want your life. “Billy, you’re nine years old. What are you going to do with your life? You should know. “When I was your age . . I was nine years old. And I wasn’t living in America. I was living in Austria in the village of (two coughs and a fart), and my par54 7 0 0 Sundays ents wanted me to have a better goddamn future, so they put me on the boat alone at nine years old.

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