Sunday offering: “Have A Little Talk With Jesus,” sung by Loretta Haggers / Mary Kay Place


I mentioned Mary Kay Place a few weeks ago, and her stint as the wannabe country singer Loretta Haggers on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”  She actually cut an album in the late 1970s in character as Loretta, called “Live At The Capri Lounge”; she sings a couple of songs from the TV show, but she also sings a variety of country / gospel numbers, and she actually has a pretty good voice. 



This number has stuck in my mind for years: I love the gradually accelerating chugga-chugga rhythm, and I love the little fast-talking auctioneer thing that Mary Kay / Loretta does a couple of times during the song. 



And I do believe that’s Emmylou Harris doing backup vocals for her.


(Note: if the sound is bad, it’s because I pulled this from the actual LP.  For some reason, this album is unavailable on both Amazon and iTunes.  As RuPaul would say: Escandalo!)



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Thanksgiving offering: Sweet potato pie a la Haggers


 I didn’t know what to post for Thanksgiving until I suddenly remembered this recipe.  It was featured on a 1970s Norman Lear show called “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” which was Norman’s salute to the soap-opera format.  It was on five nights a week, and it hit every theme: sex, violence, deviant behavior, death, illness, marriage, love . . . And it was very funny.



So anyway: Mary Kay Place played a character named Loretta Haggers, a sweet little ol’ thing married to a much older man.  Loretta wanted very much to be a country singer, and kept almost breaking through, but something always got in the way.  This recipe comes from an episode in which Loretta actually gets on the Dinah Shore show, sings a song, and does a cooking segment; sadly, however, she makes some unfortunate comments, and she’s booted from the show.





  • About a pound of potatoes
  • Half or a cup of sugar
  • A tap of nutmeg
  • Two taps of cinnamon
  • A half tap of cloves
  • Three big eggs or four littler ones
  • A wee bitty glug of vanilla
  • Half a big stick of butter (or margarine)
  • A cup of sweet milk

  1. Mash the heck out of your potatoes.
  2. Throw in your sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, eggs, and vanilla extraction.
  3. Pour the melted butter and sweet milk right into that.
  4. Beat this with a beater.  Whip the daylights out of it.
  5. Pour it all into a ready-made pie shell.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes. It will be done to a nice turn.  Once the smoke clears, it’ll be some dandy eatin’.






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