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A birthday for the Texas Jewboy

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Kinky Friedman was born October 31, 1944. Happy number 58! Yee-haw!

You have to love this guy just even as a force of personality. He’s a songwriter, singer & novelist. He’s a high brow Heb and a good ol’ boy. He writes them sensitive country ballads, and that groovy smart-ass Jewish sarcasm. The Texan and the Hebrew parts of his background make a fine combination. Note that this makes him double bred for kickin’ ass.

Which gets us to his signature song, “They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore.” He wrote a perfect hook laden honky tonk country bar room sing-a-long the equal of anything by Ernest Tubb or even Merle Haggard, except that the lyrics run a slightly different direction than what the usual clientele of such songs would be able to make much sense of:

No, they ain’t makin’ Jews like Jesus anymore,
We don’t turn the other cheek the way we done before.
You could hear that honky holler as he hit that hardwood floor
“Lord, they sho’ ain’t makin’ Jews like Jesus anymore!”

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  • http://blog.largeheartedboy.com david

    Add Guided By Voices’ Bob Pollard to the list of genius Halloween birthdays!

  • Cheryl Romer

    I remember seeing Howie Hubberman Produce and rehearse Jim Gillette and Nitro.So it was not shocking to me that Howie fronted a hot band in the 7o’s..Cheryl

  • Gina

    I’m from Rochester NY and I have vhs footage of Howie Hubberman singing with “Pointing and Shouting” the band was Billy Sheehan,Larry Schultz. Holly Woods,Michael Marconi . Howie was incredible.. The song was You really got me (Kinks) before Van Halen did the cover, Howie paved the way ! Gina

  • Alba

    Howie Hubberman, Best all around producer I know, Live, Studio , He did it all. Really well. Alba

  • Pierre

    Howie Hubberman helped us at the Orange Monkey night club. We had lots of fun with Howie . He was the Jack of all trades kind of guy. Even Had Howie bounce at the door ! Heard he is in Hollywood . We all miss him in Rochester.