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RIP Captain Lou

October 16th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
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Oh, daddy dear, you know you you’re still number one....

Oh, daddy dear, you know you you’re still number one....

 

Saddened to hear about the passing of legendary manager Capt. Lou Albano, 76, one of the most entertaining personalities in the WWF in the ’70s and ’80s. The Captain was one of those larger-than-life characters I followed for years in the Apter mags; I was fascinated over this apparent wicked genius who had a knack for guiding teams to the WWF tag championship.  With the advent of cable and the expansion of Vince Jr.’s circus tent in the mid-’80s, I followed along as the Captain played a major role in perhaps the most memorable angle of the era with Cyndi Lauper and the marriage (for better or for worse) of rock and wrestling: “the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection.”

As Dave Meltzer pointed out this week, Albano deserves a lot of credit for the success of Bob Backlund’s run as WWF champion, as the heat was often on the controversial manager bringing in his latest challenger to test the rather bland “All American Boy” titlist. Along with the late Freddie Blassie and the Grand Wizard (the late Ernie Roth), Albano represented the three wisemen of WWF villains who usually served as the mouthpieces for every major heel to pass through Vince McMahon Sr.’s territory in that era. Supposedly before passing, Vince Sr. instructed his son to take care of the Captain, despite the fact that the elder McMahon occasionally clashed with Albano, whose heavy drinking was a problem over the years.  Of course, Vince Jr. eventually fired him anyway.

Rest easy, my captain.

 

O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up–for you the flag is flung for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You””ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead

 

  1. Old School Sammy
    October 17th, 2009 at 08:39 | #1

    Didn”t legendary east coast bar band NRBQ (“Ridin” in my Car”–one of the greatest 3 minute pop songs ever written—go find it, and “Me and the Boys”–another gem) do a song about Captain Lou? I”m not sure, but I think so.

  2. Cleatus
    October 17th, 2009 at 18:57 | #2

    Everybody, listen to me,
    And return me, my ship.
    I”m your captain, I”m your captain,
    though I”m feeling mighty sick.

    I”ve been lost now, days uncounted,
    And it”s months since I”ve seen home.
    Can you hear me, can you hear me,
    Or am I all alone.

    If you return me, to my home port,
    I will kiss you mother earth.
    Take me back now, take me back now,
    To the port of my birth.

    Am I in my cabin dreaming, or
    are you really scheming,
    To take my ship away from me?

    You”d better think about it, I
    just can”t live without it.
    So, please don”t take my ship from me.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah …

    I can feel the hand, of a stranger,
    And it”s tightening, around my throat.
    Heaven help me, Heaven help me,
    Take this stranger from my boat.

    I”m your captain, I”m your captain,
    though I”m feeling mighty sick.
    Everybody, listen to me,
    And return me, my ship.

  3. Cleatus
    October 17th, 2009 at 18:59 | #3

    Oh, and for your NRBQ fix:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJNrsNe54AE

  4. Old School Sammy
    October 19th, 2009 at 08:20 | #4

    Thanks for that one Cleatus—ya gotta love YouTube. I have seen NRBQ three times–great shows, but they never played Captain Lou, dammit! lol

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