A to Z: Ullman

It’s 1983. I don’t yet know this artist as a comedian with a million faces and voices. For now, I only know her voice as one that is reminiscent of an era I wasn’t alive for. And she sings a song I play on vinyl over and over until I wear the record out.


In a few short years, Tracy Ullman would have a comedy show on Fox (that would feature The Simpsons in mini-cartoons prior to its becoming in 1987 a show of its own… that’s STILL on… HOW OLD ARE WE?). She would have others, on HBO and the like, and I would watch any time I managed to catch her on screen.

But for Little Me, she’s just a singer with catchy tunes that sound and look (thanks, MTV!) like bubble gum come to life.

During my sleepover birthday party that year, me, Maureen, and Margaret spend endless hours singing They Don’t Know and You Broke My Heart in 17 Pieces with all the emotion of kids who had a few years (at least) before finding out what heartbreak even was (although the cancellation of The Hardy Boys probably felt just as devastating as any future love lost would).

Bookmark this post for if you’re ever having a bad day. Then come back and click Play and let Tracey take all the bad day away.


This post is part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge. My theme is Musical Memoir. Each Monday through Saturday, I explore personal memories through my love of music, inspired and coordinated by the letters of the alphabet. Join in the fun and participate in the challenge, or leave a comment and enjoy some conversation. Thanks for reading. Peace.

5 thoughts on “A to Z: Ullman

  1. I didn’t know that was Tracy Ullman singing that song. I remember hearing it. I adore the video and will do as you suggest: return here to watch it whenever I’m feeling blue. Cool letter “U” you got here.

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