I Was a Soupy Groupie!

Remembering Soupy on his birthday, January 8.

By Madeline Bocaro ©

I was a Soupy groupie when I was six! He was probably the first person outside of my family whom I adored. I loved the excitement and anarchy of his show in the early 1960s, and that he always cracked himself up. Sometimes I didn’t understand the adult humor, but he was just so funny to watch. AND he had puppets!

When he had a new show in 1979, I watched it every day, and when Alice Cooper was on with Soupy, it was the best day of my life!

I’d been meaning to send away for his autograph, but I waited too long. I still have the photo I took of him introducing Iggy onstage @ the Palladium in 1978 when his sons Hunt & Tony were in Iggy’s band!!! I almost fainted when Soupy came out from behind the curtain! Thanks to Soupy’s “25 words or less” fan letter policy for influencing Iggy’s conservation of words in his song lyrics for the Stooges!

On New Year’s Day, 1965, Soupy told viewers, “Find your parents’ wallets and purses, remove the “funny green pieces of paper…put them in an envelope and mail them to me, and I’ll send you a postcard from Puerto Rico!” I wondered why Soupy was not on for awhile, and found out that he’d been suspended for 2 weeks when money started pouring in to the station.

Soupy Sales died at age 83 on October 22, 2009 in the Bronx. I hope that Soupy found his  pie in the sky!

This is an interesting quote, since everything he did seemed so spontaneous:

“Regardless of what people say, I think I was influential to a lot of kids and a lot of people. It doesn’t seem like it, but I would never do anything that wasn’t prepared or planned. You have to be the most disciplined performer to make it seem undisciplined.

– Soupy Sales

Watch Soupy & Alice Here!!!


Introducing Iggy Pop @ the Palladium – March 1977

Photo by Madeline Bocaro ©


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