You Don’t Recognize This Guy’s Face, but You’ll Know His Voice. Trust Us.

May 8, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

You never know who you’re going to meet on a cruise ship — rap stars, pop divas, soap actors. The list goes on and on. So when someone told me that Elmo Shropshire (aka Dr. Elmo) was performing with his three-man band onboard the inaugural run of American Queen last week, I naturally said, “Who?” Then I cornered the guy, who could not have been more gracious, and discovered he’s the voice behind “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” You know it: The song has sold more than 10 million copies since it was released in 1979. Doc, as I called him for the rest of the cruise up the Ohio River, was a veterinarian who happened upon the song and was chosen to sing it because of his distinctive voice (it’s hard to separate the song from the voice, actually). When he offered to sing me a tidbit, I jumped at the chance, then he gave me a little plug at the end. Be still my heart …
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    2 Responses to “You Don’t Recognize This Guy’s Face, but You’ll Know His Voice. Trust Us.”

    1. Brian
      May 8th, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

      What a super-nice guy! That’s the best part of cruising to me–the people you meet and hang out with. That’s partly why we like set dining with the same people all week, so you get to know them rather than just “Hello, goodbye, wish I could have gotten to know you better.”

    2. Andrew Kruglanski
      May 9th, 2012 @ 9:06 am

      Doc sounds like a guy who would be fun to cruise with. My wife and I have taken over sixty cruises and we met some of our best friends on cruise ships. We have friends we keep in touch with as far west as Hawaii and California, and as far east as Eastern Europe. Nothing beats the cruising lifestyle.

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