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Lyr Req: The Man on Page 602

gatyam gal 03 Jun 98 - 07:57 PM
GUEST,gatyam gal 03 May 04 - 10:48 PM
Allan C. 03 May 04 - 11:06 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 03 May 04 - 11:15 PM
Amos 03 May 04 - 11:25 PM
JohnInKansas 04 May 04 - 02:00 AM
GUEST 04 May 04 - 12:30 PM
Jim Dixon 05 May 04 - 10:08 PM
GUEST 09 Sep 07 - 01:54 AM
GUEST 07 Nov 07 - 10:50 AM
GUEST,sparkygmg3 20 Feb 08 - 08:27 PM
GUEST,Dolph Connard 12 Nov 08 - 01:42 AM
GUEST,anybody still have the picture? 07 Dec 08 - 07:52 PM
GUEST,Guest 14 Jul 09 - 08:30 AM
GUEST,Guest Donna R. 23 Jun 10 - 11:40 PM
GUEST,guest bob vetter 31 Oct 10 - 10:03 AM
GUEST,Guest: Chris M 04 Jul 12 - 05:17 PM
GUEST,L.C 12 May 13 - 12:26 PM
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Subject: The man on page 602?
From: gatyam gal
Date: 03 Jun 98 - 07:57 PM

The song about the Sears garden hose, reminded of another song about Sears. Apparently in a men's brief's underwear ad in their catalog, a model was revealing a little more than was expected, (but only part of one!) This prompted someone to write a song with the tag line "How I wish that I could be, that man on page 602". It was in the early 70's and it played on the country radio station so it wasn't too offensive. Can someone help me find this? I'm sure someone can!

Sheepishly, gatyam gal


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Subject: RE: The man on page 602?
From: GUEST,gatyam gal
Date: 03 May 04 - 10:48 PM

It has been a long time since I posted to this forum.   It has been nearly 6 years since I posted this thread about the man on page 602. If you are easily offended, please do not go to this site. I found a site about it on the web http://www.chartrecords.net/man_on_page_602.htm
It contains a real audio recording of the 1975 song by Zoot Fenster aka Jack Barlow.
I have also been able to find the actual Sears catalog on ebay for only 99 cents. I don't think the censors would let this play on the air today but I think it was tastefully done.
   Thanks for offering this forum.


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Subject: RE: The man on page 602?
From: Allan C.
Date: 03 May 04 - 11:06 PM

I guess information is much more readily available now than it was when you posted the request. In less than a minute, I found this article (scroll down to link) about him, too. A link to the song is included.


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Subject: RE: The man on page 602?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 03 May 04 - 11:15 PM

This....and an alumnus spread in PlayGirl....were kept sequestered in the "supply-room"



What a frenzy it created for two weeks.



Sincerely,

Gargoyle



They ARE out there....someone post the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: The man on page 602?
From: Amos
Date: 03 May 04 - 11:25 PM

WHAT a funny, funny song!! Youlda thunk you were back in the Fifties, I swan!!

Gatyam Girl, thanks so much for remember ibng and coming back!! Glad you found your song.

LOL!!


A


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Subject: RE: The man on page 602?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 04 May 04 - 02:00 AM

It was a really fun song. When if first played in Kansas, several local fire-n-brimstone preachers had whole sermons on how Sears was in league with the devil to corrupt our youth and lead us all into damnation.

When Sears issued their contention that it was a "printing blemish," there was another round of sermons proclaiming that some evil person had purposely defaced the image to corrupt our youth and lead us all into damnation.

When someone pointed out in a letter to the local newsrag that if you turned the page over and looked at the other side, it was quite clear what "showed through" and made the picture look like an obsecenity, there was another round of sermons about how Sears "dishonestly" tried to capitalize on this "accidental but innocent appearance" of obscenity by withholding the real explanation - to corrupt our youth and lead us all into poverty and damnation.

The record only played for a couple of weeks, but they got sermons out of it for about three months, as I recall.

Amos - A lot of people around here never left the 50s (or are just now getting to them). No need to "go back." Local folk still want their prohibition back. 20s?

John


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Subject: RE: The man on page 602?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 May 04 - 12:30 PM

" Is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears poncho?"


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MAN ON PAGE 602 (from Zoot Fenster)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 May 04 - 10:08 PM

Lyrics transcribed from the sound file at http://www.chartrecords.net/man_on_page_602.htm
Authorship credit from BMI.

THE MAN ON PAGE 602
(Helen Ann Fischer, Eugene F. Strasser, George Dodson Winters)
As sung by Zoot Fenster.

(Look and see. You'll agree. He's got personality.)

Hey, have you heard the latest story that's bringing on the smiles?
It has caused some blushing laughter and some anger for a while.
For those who shop by mail for all their family clothes,
In the fall-and-winter catalog, more than fashion is exposed.

In the fall-and-winter catalog on page six-hundred-two,
I see this advertisement that makes me come unglued.
The picture's got me out of sorts 'cause I don't understand:
Are they advertising boxer shorts, or are they trying to sell the man?
(I don't know.)

I'd send them all my money if I could make a wish come true.
I just wish I was that man on page six-oh-two

(Look and see. You'll agree. He's got personality.)

You know, when these wish books are delivered, anxious people start to look,
And when they price them there boxer shorts, they suddenly get shook.
Some say it's all in error. Some say all in fun.
He could be tarred and feathered, or maybe even "hung."

In the fall and winter catalog, or the wish book, so it's called,
In my mind, there's no question of what I'd like most of all.
I'd send them all my money if it would make a wish come true.
I just wish I was that man on page six-oh-two.
Yeah, I just wish I was that man on page six-oh-two.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The man on page 602?
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 01:54 AM

I was only 12 years old when this song came out. I remember it vividly. My parents even had the catalog with the famous picture.


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Subject: The Man on Page 602
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Nov 07 - 10:50 AM

Oh WHERE oh WHERE can I see this picture! ????

I just heard about it and thought this his hysterical! I love the whole thing.. and YES, I want the guy on 602!

I wonder if he still get's teased!
WHAT A HOOT!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Man on Page 602
From: GUEST,sparkygmg3
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 08:27 PM

Yep folks. I remember it well. Still have the orginal 45 in its brown holder. Bought it at P.N. Hirsch store in Fredericktown Missouri 1975 and did have the catalogue with the picture but I think my ex-wife( notice EX) got rid of it. Just recently found the 45 stored in closet. The price tag reads regular price .39 cents sale price .11 cents. You won't buy 'em like that anymore!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Man on Page 602
From: GUEST,Dolph Connard
Date: 12 Nov 08 - 01:42 AM

My father, Dallas Corey, was producing for Chart records at the time, and working with Jack Barlow. (Zoot Fenster) The story he tells of getting this single out is far funnier than the song itself. He related to me that he had received a middle of the night phone call from the Fischers in Kansas indicating that they urgently needed to get this cut before anyone else could. He was flown from Nashville to Kansas in a small craft, under storm conditions and thought he would not survive. In Kansas, they finalized the lyrics and music, and the record was cut within days. The record was selling quicker than they could press them until Sears threatened to pull advertising from anyone affiliated with playing the thing. Brought the party to a screaching halt. The 45 shows Publishing credits to: Georgene Music BMI. Flip side has "Zoot" singing "Vinegar in My Wine" by John Poznich.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Man on Page 602
From: GUEST,anybody still have the picture?
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 07:52 PM

picture? any one know where to see it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Man on Page 602
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 14 Jul 09 - 08:30 AM

Great to see this still brings a lot of laughs. My father is Jack Barlow aka Zoot Fenster. One of Elvis Presley's drummers D. J. Fontana thought up the name "Zoot Fenter" for my dad to use. The song actually did quite well it was #1 in Florida for about 3 weeks. I believe in the same catalog there is another page advertising window curtains and someone had taken a pencil eraser and wrote the "F" word on the photo of curtains and it also got published, it was hard to see but it was there, I remember finding it myself. The other picture was probably done the same way, employee joke or mad employee, who knows. There were other novelty songs he did under the name "Zoot Fenster" as well.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Man on Page 602
From: GUEST,Guest Donna R.
Date: 23 Jun 10 - 11:40 PM

I told my son and son inlaw that i had some funny songs,back when i was young.So I pull out some of my 45s and I knew I had this record by Zoot Fenster The man on page 602 and i pull it out for them to listen to it.I wish my mama hadn't threw the sears book away back in the 70's.But I still have the 45 of this song and some oters on 45s


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Man on Page 602
From: GUEST,guest bob vetter
Date: 31 Oct 10 - 10:03 AM

I collect vinyl records and found this gem in a thrift store here in Louisville Ky in good shape. My record collecting pal knew the whole story about the catalog and filled me in. I think its hilarious and the flip side "Vinegar in My Wine" is even funnier. I have an mp3 turntable and just digitized the record so I can enjoy it on CD. Thanks for the thread, great to hear from Zoot's son !!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Man on Page 602
From: GUEST,Guest: Chris M
Date: 04 Jul 12 - 05:17 PM

I remember this as a young boy. My parents had the catalogue and the 45 single. One of the writer's of the song was my dad's cousin or my second cousin Eugene F Strasser. Unfortunately that is all I can add to this story. It brought back childhood memories and I would love to have the song downloaded on my phone. If anyone could direct me on how I can accomplish this it would be much appreciated. Thanks for any help, Chris.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Man on Page 602
From: GUEST,L.C
Date: 12 May 13 - 12:26 PM

My grandfather actually wrote this song with his buddies at the kitchen table.


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