As I recounted on RNN this week, Survivor’s original and most recognizable lead singer, Dave Bickler, moved into Chappaqua a few years ago. But my Journal News colleague Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy was the one who discovered fun revelations about Bickler — and my favorites have nothing to do with “Eye of the Tiger.”
For starters, Bickler’s the vocalist in all those fantastic “Real Men of Genius” TV and radio commercials for Bud Light. You know, those tongue-in-cheek salutes to Mr. Athletic Groin Protector Inventor and Mr. Really Bad Toupee Wearer? Arguably, Bickler himself is the Real Man of Genius, especially when his tracks involve speed-singing the phrase “Mr. Overly Competitive Touch Football Game Player” or simply yelping “Ugggh!” at the top of his range.
Even cooler, Bickler started teaching music this fall at Village Nursery School in Chappaqua. Take a moment to think about how amazing that is. The school’s director, Ruth Swetonic, surely has:
The children are so charmed and enchanted. The guitar is so good. We’ve never had a rock star sing ‘Old McDonald’ and ‘Bingo’ to our kids before.
After the break, check out an exclusive LoHud video clip of Bickler working his vocal magic and turning on a “Genius” neon sign crafted in his honor.
(Photo and video by Joe Larese/The Journal News)