Remembering Harold Ramis & “Harlem Shuffle” Hoax

February 25, 2014
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

* Howard eulogized the great over-looked writer/director/actor Harold Ramis, who gave us such classics as Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Animal House, Stripes. National Lampoon’s Vacation and Analyze This.

Ramis passed away yesterday at 69 years old.

* Today was the 28th Anniversary of Fred Norris’s legendary ‘Harlem Shuffle’ hoax – when Fred recorded the song as the Rolling Stones and Howard played it before the real song was to officially debut on New York station WNEW. Fred’s version was so good and so realistic that Stern Show producer Gary Dell’Abate was threatened with a cease and desist letter.

A comedian named Jon Daly just did something similar, releasing a song called ‘Abracadabralifornia‘ as if it were a real Red Hot Chili Peppers record. Many outlets, including Yahoo! Music bought into it.