Posted by R. Berg on November 28, 2001
In Reply to: Who was George? posted by ESC on November 28, 2001
: : As silly as you may think my inquiry
may be I would like to ask about a phrase I heard while watching a Bug's bunny
cartoon. In this episode he's playing the piano, pauses to the camera and smirks
to say "I wish my brother George were here". Who was "George?
: : I'm sure when this first aired 50+ years ago-- people got the joke.
: : It's amazing to me how much of the humor I didn't get when I watched it as a child.
: : (except for this one). Thanks.
: It refers to pianist/showman Liberace's brother George.
A search on Google turned up a site that quotes the line from "The Three
Little Bops," 1957, and says it was a reference to Liberace, used in several cartoons:
The link below (URL = http://members.tripod.com/~bugsbunnypage/scripts/hydehare.html) goes to a script for "Hyde and Hare," 1955. Excerpt: "Bugs is playing the piano . . . Because of the candelabra, he does a quick impression of Liberace. 'I wish my brother George was here.'"
I also found that a rapper, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, has titled his first album "I Wish My Brother George Was Here."