VIDEO: Sal Governale Pays Tribute to Elvis With 2 TikTok Duets
Stern Show staffer also recalls getting scammed while recording a rap trackOctober 5, 2022
Several listeners wrote in ahead of Wednesday’s show to tell Howard’s how everyone’s favorite stockbroker turned Stern Show staffer Sal Governale had been singing online duets and sharing them on social media.
“It might be the best singing I’ve heard since William Hung on ‘American Idol,’” one fan joked.
“[It’s] some sort of situation on TikTok where people put up a song, where they’re singing one part, and you’re allowed to sing with them, and then you’re supposed to post [it],” Howard explained before playing a clip of Sal attempting to do justice to Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
“I never told anyone about my TikTok … I wanted people to see it who didn’t know me,” Sal explained, later adding, “It’s my tribute to Elvis.”
“Oh no, it’s not a tribute,” co-host Robin Quivers laughed.
After listening to his staffer’s latest attempt to record, Howard was reminded of the time a teenaged Sal with delusions of hip-hop grandeur was scammed out of $5,000 by an agent who promised to make him a star right up there with Run DMC. “My mother had to co-sign the loan … It was terrible … Man did they bullshit me good,” Sal lamented shortly before sharing a few other tragic tales involving his childhood and his infamous father, Tony Governale.
Sal’s sad stories eventually started tugging at Howard’s heartstrings. “Sal, I gotta go easier on you, pal – you sing your heart out,” he said shortly before playing a couple tracks from Sal’s short-lived rap career, including “Shake,” the song he’d paid five grand to record.
“I could’ve recorded [it] for $500, and then I got in touch with this agent, and he was like, ‘No, no, this is a record you need to spend a lot of money to make it great,’” Sal recalled, saying he spent $5,000, recorded the song, and “never heard from the guy again.”
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the last time Sal got conned.
He also told Howard a back page National Enquirer ad once inspired him to spend $55 on a piece of coal from the Titanic. “It came in this tiny piece of shit little plastic container, and the coal was a size of the pebble,” Sal remembered. “I look back and I’m like, ‘What schmuck would buy a piece of coal from the Titanic?’”
“The same schmuck who thinks birds are talking to him and it’s a sign from heaven,” Howard laughed shortly before coming up with a business idea of his own. “You ever buy anything from the Hindenburg?” he asked Sal. “I have a coffee cup from the Hindenburg I can sell you – I’m not using it anymore.”