Chuck Barris, the zany, crazy brilliant genius behind many of the 1970s funniest game shows, died this week at the age of 87. His lasting television legacy has to be The Gong Show.
As many already know, I was on the Gong Show when it first aired on NBC TV. And I won the darn thing. And that was the beginning of my 15 minutes of fame that have lasted 40 years. I loved Chuck Barris, he was a funny yet also very serious little guy. We talked several times over the years, the last time being about ten years ago when I interviewed him on my radio show about his book "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." Even then, all those years later, he still remembered my winning Gong Show act as "The Shower Singer' and we laughed heartily about it.
Here are my memories of Chuck Barris and my winning appearance on The Gong Show along with photos of me doing my act! R.I.P. Chuckie Baby!