“If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”
On that fateful Friday in Dallas, 50 years ago to the day, we lost a president and a bona fide style icon. So in memoriam of the most stylish commander in chief this country has ever known, we present:
Cue voiceover: “The Most Interesting Man in the World thought he was the most interesting man in the world…”
We speak, of course, of a swashbuckling thespian by the name of Fernando Lamas.
It’s true. In fact, the actor in those commercials, Jonathan Goldsmith, was an old sailing pal of Lamas—when Lamas passed in 1982, Jon was entrusted to scatter the ashes at sea. So when the role came up, the first (and only) voice that came to mind was the steady, Spanish-tinged timbre of Lamas. As you can imagine, the Argentine-born actor/director was the archetypal jetset playboy on screen and off—and the man knew his way around a tuxedo. So without further ado:
People tend to forget that well into the ’50s and ’60s, before rock and roll really took hold, jazz musicians were still the epitome of subculture cool—and they’d gotten even cooler since the raucous ’20s of ragtime in speakeasies.
So when Charlie Parker hit the West Coast for a string of gigs in 1951 and chose an up-and-comer by the name of Chet Baker to play with him, a new subculture star was born. He may never get the biopic treatment like Ray or Cash, but his story runs about the same—just swap in a trumpet and Baker’s magnificent head of hair.
Chet spent his formative years in the Army and was still sporting the preppy civilian style he’d picked up on base during his rise to stardom. And you can see documents of the style continue in his wardrobe as his life visibly unraveled—succumbing to the same vices that plagued most of the greats at the time (which, sadly, he would never fully get over). He was a jazz legend, a stylish dude and an all-around badass…
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