The “Golden Hits Of The 60s” 

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“Little Ole Man (Uptight-Everything’s Alright)”

(Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby)

Warner Brothers 7072

No. 4   October 14, 1967




A phenomenon … Bill Cosby. What’s left? He was the production seer and “acting” head of the house on one

of TV’s biggest blockbusters, the top-rated NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show:’He is one of TV’s most sought-

after commercial pitchmen-he has plugged away for Coca­ Cola, Ford, E. F. Hutton, Jell-0, Kodak, and

Texas Instruments. He is also a pack-’em-in stand-up come­ dian, with a 1988 asking fee of $250,000 a

night; a TV star with a history (“I Spy;'”The Bill Cosby Show;'”The New Bill Cosby Show;’ and “Cos!”); a

successful author (Fatherhood, Time Flies); a movie star (Uptown Satur­ day Night, California Suite,

Hickey and Boggs, Leonard Part 6); and a whole lot of fun.


Time magazine has noted that solid-gold Cosby has dominated the media like no star since the days of

Lucille Ball and Milton Berle. His earnings for 1987 were estimated at $57,000,000, making him at that

point the highest-paid entertainer on the face of the earth. Perhaps no performer in history has or ever will

be as successful as Bill Cosby, but in terms of Top 40 success, Bill is but a one-hit wonder.


In terms of album sales, Cosby was the hottest comedian of the ’60s: his first seven comedy albums,

recorded from 1965 to 1968, were all million-sellers. Three of these LPs even went platinum-S!tarted Out

As a Child (1965), Wonderfulness (1966), and Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow, Right! (1966).”Little Ole

Man;’ a novelty number based on a Stevie Wonder tune, was his only single to crack the Top 40. Cosby’s

funny­ boned follow-ups, though less successful, still made the Hot 100 listings:”Hooray for the Salvation

Army Band” (#71, 1967), “Funky North Philly” (#91, 1968), “Grover Henson Feels Forgotten” (#70, 1970),

and “Yes, Yes, Yes” (#46, 1976).


“When   you’re younger;’ Cosby told Time’s Dan Goodgame,  “you want to be sure that by the time you’re 80

years old, you can sit on the park bench and look back and say, ‘Man, I did it all. I didn’t miss a thing:”