On the Sunny Side of the Street with John Mahoney, Marty Crane, Frasier

‘Frasier” has to be one of my all time favorite TV comedy shows, with Marty Crane and his best friend Eddie the dog (a Jack Russell Terrier) my favorite characters.

In the episode 14 of season 11, aptly titled Freudian Sleep, Marty gives us a jazzy rendition of The Sunny Side of the Street. I love this part, and Marty Crane confines in us with his life motto:

“I focus on what’s good about my life.”

Martin Crane, Frasier
On the Sunny Side of the Street, Marty Crane and Ronee Lawrence (John Mahoney and Wendie Malick)
On the Sunny Side of the Street, Marty Crane and Ronee Lawrence (John Mahoney and Wendie Malick)

On the Sunny Side of the Street with Marty Crane in Frasier

Here are the lyrics:

“Walked with no one and talked with no one
And I had nothing but shadows
Then one morning you passed
And I brightened at last
Now I greet the day and complete the day
With the sun in my heart
All my worry blew away
When you taught me how to say

Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worry on the doorstep
Just direct your feet
To the sunny side of the street
Can’t you hear a pitter-pat?
And that happy tune is your step
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the streetI used to walk in the shade
With those blues on parade
But I’m not afraid
This Rover crossed overIf I never have a cent
I’d be rich as Rockefeller
Gold dust at my feet
On the sunny side of the street
Grab your street

Songwriters: Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh
On the Sunny Side of the Street lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Inc.
On the Sunny Side of the Street with John Mahoney, aka Marty Crane, and Wendie Malick in Frasier. Focus on what's good about your life.
John Mahoney with talented Wendie Malick

I hope you enjoyed On the Sunny Side of the Street with talented John Mahoney as Marty Crane in Frasier. and if you found yourself humming the tune and trying a few steps of dance, even better! and, yes, Martin Crane loved the music of Frank Sinatra!

The #MusicMonday meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

22 Replies to “On the Sunny Side of the Street with John Mahoney, Marty Crane, Frasier”

    1. I know so many of Frasier’s lined off by heart 🙂
      What a great comedy series. Clever and witty. Don’t make them like this anymore.

      This song always puts me in a good mood 🙂

      I am glad it resonated with you, Priscilla. Have a happy week further. xx

    1. Thank you so much, Michael. I appreciate the follow.
      I have to apologize, as I was following you, then somehow WP showed that I don’t anymore. So I re-followed. Ugh 🙂

      I have Frasier playing in the background each time I cook 🙂 Must have watched it ten times, still it makes me laugh and rise an eyebrow at their witty remarks 🙂

      Glad to share the laugh today. Stay safe. Best wishes.

  1. My favourite moment from that show was when a caller asked Frasier if she was obligated to pay her friend for some piece of clothing she’d borrowed and ruined. His response was this silly joke: “As the old Greek haberdasher said, Euripedes, Eumenides.” 🙂

    1. Oh, yes! I can see that scene in my mind. Frasier’s referral to 400BC politics in Athens ‘complimented’ by Roz rolling her eyes in the producer’s booth 🙂 🙂 🙂

        1. Yes! They entire cast was magnificent together.
          Do you remember Lana’s teenage son, tall, awkward Kirby (Brian Klugman) with a big mass of curly red hair? Frasier was tutoring him. We watched him lately in Bones, as one of Tempe’s ‘squints’. It was a very long time till I realized he was the same actor.

          1. I don’t remember Lana, or Kirby actually. I stopped watching the show sometime after Niles and Daphne finally got together, so I’m guessing they’re newer characters? It’s always fun to recognize actors on different shows, though 🙂

  2. Wonderful tribute to both the show and John, Pat! I was always amazed how differently Kelsey Grammer could portray a character and still look almost exactly the same, lol! Esp thinking of Proven Innocent and The Last Tycoon

    1. Thank you so very much, Felipe. I love this show 🙂 John Mahoney was fantastic as Marty Crane, but then they were all amazing in their roles and complimenting each other marvelously.
      I watched a couple of episodes from Proven Innocent and I kept waiting for Kelsey Grammer to say ‘I’m listening’ 🙂 Or at least to smile 🙂 I don’t know The Last Tycoon. I’ll look it up 🙂

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me, Felipe 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more of your artwork.
      Stay safe, on the sunny side of the street.

      1. Sunny side, yes! Psychologically, and vitamin D Last Tycoon was/is F. Scott Fitzsgerald’s last work, unfinished. Matt Bomer’s in it too, superb costumes and depiction of LA & Hollywood back in the 30s. At 1st I really didn’t like Kelsey’s role in it, then watched him do some real magic with the role, very impressed! And yes, some updates tomorrow or Friday on the 2 latest watercolors (small fixes, enhancements) then soon as able a post on my 1st watercolor on a 6×12, loosely based on one of my photos taken at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center w/our grandson; great social distancing opp for mars, outdoors etc. Anyway, stay safe, stay well, Pat!

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