On this day in 1451 BC, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho and the walls came tumbling down (See Joshua 6). I'm reminded of something connected to the Denver Metro Area--Dean Reed
, the Red Elvis. I saw him in 1985 when he returned from East Germany to a showing of a documentary about him American Rebel
and he sang Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
and it was the worst, most embarrassing, self-parodying performance I had ever seen (even worse than Shatner rapping Rocket Man
). How, I thought, was this guy a star in the non-English speaking world? Tom Hanks is rumored to be making a film of the life of Reed. I have a working title--American Loser. He committed suicide in June, 1986. Funny how a word or two can cause a cascade of memories.