presenter. Easily the funniest sequence of shows in history. I confess that as a kid I didn't enjoy Milton Berle, and didn't get Sid Caesar (and my parents wouldn't let me watch it) but Ernie Kovacs had us all in stitches.
Solfeggio, is just Italian for giving note values names, as in Do re mi fa so la ti do. Sol was how they wrote So, and fe refers to fa. the "ggio" is the Italian suffix meaning "method" or "fashion".
Kovacs appeared in a relatively straight role in Our Man in Havana opposite Alec Guinness as the timid spy recruited by MI 5, who invents an entire secret weapon system based on the vacuum cleaners he sells in his shop.
Kovacs also appears in Operation Mad Ball, with Jack Lemmon, a neglected masterpiece of screwball post-war humour referring to the Red Ball Express which supplied the Allies during the advance through Europe.
Ernie Kovacs, too soon dead, too late appreciated.
I grew up in the 50's watching Ernie's show,he was a pioneering comic genius that nobody has come close to yet IMHO.
The hardest I ever laughed was the first time I saw "The Nairobi Trio",to this day I still choke when I watch it. Just the thought of the poor gorilla in the middle doing a "slow burn" when he gets hit in the head with the xylophone hammers still makes me crazy...lol.
I remember asking the old man,"dad what the heck is Solfeggio and what do those words mean"?? Beats me son,sounds like Spanish??
I'm slightly better prepared if one of the G/kids ever asks me..lol.
"Solfeggio" is nothing more than a singing technique used to teach pitch.
The lyrics to the song are gibberish and mean nothing,if you listen to the clip,they're actually singing the notes to the musical scale: do,re,mi fa,sol,la ti,in various combination and nothing more!
FWIW,Ernie was always the conductor in the middle,his wife,Edie usually played piano(there were other actresses who subbed for her).
Nobody knows for sure,but the monkey with the hammers(depending on who was around)could have been either:Jack Lemmon,Tony Curtis,or Frank Sinatra!!