Born on this date: Jay North

dennis the menace
Behind bars is where the little hoodlum belongs

Jay North, TV’s Dennis the Menace, turns 62 today, August 3, 2013.

Dennis the Menace aired from 1959 to 1963. Like Hazel, another show of the same era with an equally annoying lead character, Dennis the Menace was based on a comic strip character. Dennis’s antics were a constant source of irritation for neighbor Mr. Wilson, and no doubt, for many viewers as well.

Did you know that Jay North recorded an album called Look Who’s Singing! in 1959? Below he sings the track “When I Become a Man,” which, at 62, he now is. I challenge you to listen to more than 5 seconds of this cloying atrocity. It’s truly one of the most horrible things I’ve ever heard.

Jay North sings “When I Become a Man” from his album, Look Who’s Singing! (1959)

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