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Master zimbalist Efrem Zimbalist Jr. died at the spry age of 95.  Efrem Zimbalist Sr was unavailable for comment.

Efram.  There’s a name you don’t see much.

Efram, like his father, started playing the zimbals a young age.  

At the age of 18, he won a very competitive scholarship to study the zimbals at Berkeley.  He went on to play the zimbals for the London Symphony Orchestra, where he stayed for many decades.  If you listen carefully, you can hear his distinct style in the “Star Wars” theme.

Fame and fortune came when he released his first album, “Zimbiology,” which went triple platinum in it’s first month.  “Zamfir can only dream of those kind of numbers,” he recounted in a Barbara Walters interview many years later.

His follow-up, “Zimbnonics,” outsold his original effort and spurned a world tour.  “Zimbalist Weekly” referred to Efram as “the Hendrix of the zimbal.”


Zimbalist was also a master of self-hypnosis.

But as it often does, partying and drugs started to tear him apart.  Wild parties where he was doing coke off of some strangers oboe became all too common.

His appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra became sporadic at best.  Between the touring and the wild parties, it just wasn’t a priority. They always kept his seat though.  “You don’t just throw away the greatest zimbal master in the world!  No matter what kind of a trainwreck he was,” said… some… English dude.

He controversially hit rock bottom when he woke up next to a dead, transvestite gigolo in Bern.  He was acquitted of most charges, but had to do 100 hours of community service where he taught disadvantaged youths to play the zimbals.

After that, he went into rehab.  He cleaned up his act and released his most critically acclaimed work, “Jagged Little Pill.”

And this hit goes to: Good to the Last Drop (© Maxwell House)!  While this pick seems to be a little outside of his theme, I know that Mark is a real zimbal enthusiast.

Mark is now tied with Babysitter and me.  Which isn’t saying much.

Happy pooling,


Current Standings:

Jami: 190 (Ariel Sharon – 20, Philip Seymour Hoffman – 60, Peaches Geldof – 80, Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter – 30)

Starving Writer – 100 (James Avery – 6’ 5” – 40, L’Wren Scott – 6’4” – 60)

Tailgating with Jesus – 80 (Jerry Coleman – 20, Ralph Kiner – 10, William Clay Ford – 20, Ralph Wilson -10, Jack Ramsay – 20)

Gianna 80 (Tom Laughlin – 20, Alicia Rhett – 10, Mae Young – 10, Ruth Robinson Duccini – 10, Pete Seeger – 10, Fred Phelps – 20, Marc Platt – 0)

Joanne: 70 (Ace Parker – 0, Nelson Mandela – 10,  Ray Price – 20, Maximilian Schell – 20, Connie Marrero – 0, Al Feldstein – 20)

“Imaginary” Steve: 50 (Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci – 10, Cardinal Ricardo Carles Gordo – 20, Emmanuel III Delly – 20)

The Girl on Fire: 50 (Eleanor Parker – 10, Dave Madden – 20, Ralph Waite – 20)

Good to the Last Drop (© Maxwell House) – 40 (Frederick Sanger – 10, Maxine Kumin – 20, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. – 10)

Babysitter: 40 (Mikhail Kalashnikov – 10, Russell Johnson – 20, Mickey Rooney – 10 )

SPMI: 40 (Peter O’Toole – 20, Joan Fontaine – 10, Sid Caesar – 10)

Team Sushi – 30 (Bob Hoskins – 30)

Occupy the Casket: 30 (Ronnie Biggs – 20, Harold Camping – 10)

Dora the Explorer: 20 (Jeremiah Denton – 20)

The Girl on Fire: 20 (Ralph Waite – 20)

Mostly Mike: 20 (Shirley Temple Black – 20)

Carol’s 1%: 20 (Harold Simmons – 20)

Dick in Town: 10 (Hiroo Onoda – 10)


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