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Don R Brown


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Rochester, New York, USA
Post  Posted 3 Aug 2019 10:26 am    
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We all know of Mel Tillis, and how he stuttered when talking but could sing just as nice and smoothly as could be.

Well, when Mel was just a teen, his next door neighbor, Henry Duda, got Mel a summer job at the big factory where he worked. Things went well until one day when tragedy struck. Henry Duda suffered a heart attack and passed away on the spot.

There was some discussion on how to notify the family, and finally the foreman, remembering the connection, assigned poor young Mel to deliver the bad news to the widow.

Mel, obviously very upset, rang the bell, but when Henry's wife answered, he just stood there unable to say more than "uh, uh, ah..." The woman knew of Mel's problem, so she finally suggested "Sing me a song, Mel!"

Mel thought a moment, came up with the tune to Camptown Races, and launched forth:

"Guess who died today at the plant,
Duda, Duda....."
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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post  Posted 3 Aug 2019 12:11 pm    
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I used to work with a guy who had a terrible stammer, but in the evenings he sang and compèred flawlessly at his local club. I wonder if any psychologists or neurologists have ever studied this? Maybe he was in his element with a mic in his hand but his day job stressed him...
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Scott Duckworth


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Post  Posted 4 Aug 2019 3:07 am    
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I had a friend that stuttered. Docs said he needed to do something with rhythm to it so he could talk. He would draw a small box in the air with his finger and talked very well.

True story...
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Pookie Anselmi


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Galliano, Louisiana, USA
Post  Posted 5 Aug 2019 3:30 am    
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I used to listen to Italian cds in my sleep to learn to speak the language. Some of them would skip.
Now I stutter in Italian.
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Brooks Montgomery


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Idaho, USA
Post  Posted 5 Aug 2019 4:55 am    
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Pookie Anselmi wrote:
I used to listen to Italian cds in my sleep to learn to speak the language. Some of them would skip.
Now I stutter in Italian.


Be careful! If you go to Italy with that stutter, you might end up in prison forever.
You’ll never finish your sentence.
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Kevin Barber


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Marianna, Florida, USA
Post  Posted 7 Aug 2019 5:41 pm    
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Pookie, that's hilarious to ME!!!!!!LOL!!!!
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R Crow


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Hectorville, OK USA
Post  Posted 20 Aug 2019 12:44 pm     Ma Ma Ma Mel
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I heard Johnny Carson ask Mel what his greatest fear in life was. Mel said, I've ma-ma-ma made a ga-ga-ga good living ta-ta-ta talking like this.

My greatest fa-fa-fa fear has always ba-ba-ba been ga-ga-ga getting too ca-ca-ca close to Or-Or-Or Oral Roberts, and ba-ba-ba being healed!
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Roddy Ring


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Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Post  Posted 21 Aug 2019 10:17 am    
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I believe it was on Johnny Carson that explained that he didn't stutter when he sang because he knew what he was going to say.
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