Who is Lloyd Marcus, that absolutely brilliant Black singer serenading all-white crowd at Tea Party events across the nation?:
Stuff Black People Don't Like can only laugh at the sight of hundreds, thousands and tens of thousands of white people clapping for the melody and pitch challenged Lloyd Marcus as he croons poorly written diatribes against Mein Obama.
The singer left no doubt about his politics. Striking up a tune in front of a Republican party meeting in Daytona Beach, Florida, he belted out "New York, New York", but changed the lyrics to an anti-Barack Obama diatribe.
"This socialist nightmare/Must come to an end!" sang Lloyd Marcus, decked out in a cowboy hat, pointed cowboy boots and a leather vest. Six elderly white Republicans were hauled to the front of the room and were soon dancing and kicking their legs in the air.
My Obama blues/Are melting away!" he continued, as the rest of the room cheered wildly. Other songs followed. The Temptations' hit "My Girl" became "Our Girl", about Sarah Palin. Louis Armstrong's hit "What a Wonderful World" was rendered into a patriotic "What a Wonderful Country". Everyone in the room lapped it up, swaying to the words like teenagers at a rock concert, not retirees having lunch in a yacht club.
But Marcus has that effect on Republicans. He is the music performer most worshipped by America's right wing; a hero of the conservative Tea Party movement. He plays at Tea Party rallies around the country. And next week, when the movement holds its first national convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Marcus will be there playing to a crowd of thousands.
We recall the infamous Buddy Holly show at the Apollo Theater and can only laugh at the similarities:
A humorous episode results from a misunderstanding in one of their early bookings. Sol Gittler (Dick O'Neill) signs them up sight-unseen for the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, assuming from their music that they're a black band. When three white Texans show up instead, he is stunned, but unwilling to pay them for doing nothing, he nervously lets them perform and prays fervently that the all-black audience doesn't riot at the sight of the first all-white band to play there. (In real life, that distinction belongs to Jimmy Cavallo and The House Rockers, who played at that venue in 1956.) After an uncomfortable start and an initially hostile crowd, Buddy's songs soon win them over and the Crickets are a tremendous hit. Gitler books them to come back several times.Indeed, Madonna might be right: Music makes the people come together. Any organization that flaunts Lloyd Marcus as an example of why one should fight the current government system is obviously high on the drug that Lloyd Bridges' character in Airplane! repeatedly tried to quit, to no avail.
The people behind the Tea Party movement and the white people who attend rallies have probably had less contact than Lloyd Christmas did in Dumb and Dumber with Black people, which explains Lloyd Marcus and his role with the group.