Sherman Hemsley-George Jefferson-Prog Rock Fan.

Sherman Hemsley Contemplating the Meaning of Tales of Topographic Oceans.

In Progressive Rock circles, it’s been known for years that  Sherman Hemsley was a Prog Rock fan.   But with the recent death of the actorbest loved for his role as the peripatetic  George Jefferson in The Jeffersons and All In The Family, here’s a few glimpses into the George Jefferson no one might have expected, not even “Weezie.”

Apparently Hemsley, a jazz pianist, was also a big fan of the psychedelic progressive band, Gong.  Gong founder, Daevid Allen related a wild bacchanalian tale of meeting his “biggest fan” in Magnet.

He was also a fan of Nektar, who he managed to slip into a Jefferson’s episode.

During an appearance on the Dinah Shore show, Dinah! Hemsley performed a dance to the Gentle Giant song “Proclamation” from The Power and the Glory . Then he gave a five minute speech about the band.  I would love to find that clip.

You never know where a Progressive Rock fan might be listening.  Here’s to Sherman Hemsley, who died on July 24, 2012.  He’s riding the great Flying Teapot in the sky.

~© 2012 John Diliberto ((( echoes )))


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