Louie Lenz, Keith Luer, Ron Hort Summer of 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our good humor man, Ron “Honeybear” Hort, or Bear as we often called him. We will post more details as we learn them, but as of this post, the information we received was that he passed on Monday, November 11, 2013.
You can add your remembrance of Ron by posting a comment at the bottom. I (Jerry Lenz) know that Ron would want us all to celebrate with a laugh…and, if you got ‘em smoke ‘em! We have two recordings to share below. The Candy Floss song “Here Come Da’ Judge,” and a cover of “Treat Her Right.”
Sometimes it is hard to remember exactly how some of the members of the Nickel Revolution found us, or we found them. The core of the band remained Louie Lenz (guitar), Jerry Lenz (drums) and Scott Jeffy (bass)—that would never change. In fact, they were the members deciding when to bring the Nickel Revolution to a conclusion.
The “Honeybear” Addition
In this post we celebrate Ron “Honeybear” Hort. Without a doubt, “Bear” was the most colorful, humorous addition to The Nickel Revolution. He always—well almost always—made us laugh and certainly expanded our network of friends and followers (interesting stories about some of our “followers”). He would turn an ordinary evening into an event with his antics and would often break into his Yiddish accent.
In fact, the ONLY Candy Floss recording we are halfway proud of is the novelty song titled, Here Come Da’ Judge.
Follow this link to You Tube to hear Here Come Da’ Judge by The Nickel Revolution.
Photo of Honeybear adding the lead vocals in the studio (Jerry laughing in the background)
The story behind Here Come Da’ Judge
As mentioned in other posts, The Nickel Revolution were contractually obligated to Candy Floss Productions, a group of writers specializing in bubblegum hits. When the concept was presented to the Nickel, the band actually liked the idea of a novelty song based on the huge TV hit at the time, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
(The NBC program launched in January, 1968, ending in 1973.)
A popular recurring sketch was The Judge. The often-changing judge was always wearing a black robe and powdered wig. Flip Wilson is credited for introducing the sketch and announcing, “Here come de judge!” (Candy Floss flubbed the phrase in its spelling of the word, “de.”)
Others would play the judge character on Laugh-In including Sammy Davis Jr. and you can see various versions on You Tube.
After a few regular and boring takes, Honeybear brought the song to life by singing it in his Yiddish accent. The rest is history as they say and everyone in the studio was laughing out of control. It was the perfect touch for the song.
John Berman was with The Nickel Revolution for a short period of time and his sax talent is included on this “golden” recording.
The producers mixed the tune and made dubs. They immediately shopped their record label contacts offering a surefire novelty hit to the first company ready to take a risk. No deal was struck because Candy Floss did not have an original idea. There were dozens of bands racing to record a “Here come de judge!” song. One notable version was recorded by Shorty Long on Motown (hear it on You Tube).
How fitting as we celebrate Ron “Honeybear Hort.” Listening to the crazy recording of “Here Come Da’ Judge” will always be a reminder as to how much fun we had with Bear.
In addition to Louie, Jerry and Scott, here is a list of the members of The Nickel Revolution:
*Ron Hort “Honeybear” or “Bear” (keyboards)
Jeff Simon (lead guitar)
John Berman (sax)
*Kent Saunders (lead guitar)
*Keith Luer (lead guitar)
Mickey Larson (keyboards)
In Memory: Mickey Larson is the only member to graduate to Rock & Roll Heaven.
Ron “Honeybear” Hort…you will be missed and the many hours of humor will be replayed in our minds as we recall all you added to our lives.
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Listen to The Nickel Revolution now on You Tube
Link for Sweet, Sweet Lovin’: Sweet, Sweet Lovin’
Link for Treat Her Right: Treat Her Right
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