Lawlapalooza Karaoke Performers du Jour
Starring Susan Duncan and John Cross
Given their star power today, it may be hard to believe that Susan and John actually began their careers separately, and in relative obscurity. Susan started out with the all-girl band “Duncan Donuts,” where she was an a cappella pianist. John started out with the “Cross Family Yodelers,” a quintet that performed Alpine versions of heavy metal songs. Their meteoric rise to fame began when, unbeknownst to each other, they were hired as stunt doubles for the cult band “Captain and Tennille.”
As the following photo demonstrates, the visual similarity is obvious:
(Note: Susan and John are the two in the back.)
After that role, the rest is, as they say, history. But fame has not spoiled the two. You can occasionally hear their humble roots in their modern songs, whether it be Susan breaking into a spontaneous riff on the air piano, or John executing a musical run in an authentic Kitzbühel-region yodel (a technique once compared unfavorably to a basset hound's howl). Moreover, the two have turned into prolific songwriters. Who can forget that top-ten hit “Spring Schedule 2012,” a song that, while performed by Carol Channing, was actually penned by Susan? So sit back, put your earplugs in, and get ready to be entertained!