. My best friend, who lived in the L.A. Zoo (her step-father was the chief zoo keeper), had bananas in a bowl with a couple of other offerings (that zoo animals ate). Her mother saw me eyeing some in the fruit bowl on their dinning rm. table, and asked me, "Ann", would you like a banana? (WOULD I?!!)
My family was passing an upscale area in L.A. near our house, and my grandfather asked him to stop for a moment, as a peddler had a bunch of bananas to sell those passing by--and low and behold, I couldn't believe it when he bought some for us.
But, for the average Joe, no one else could afford them--even if they had access to some.
It is. I'd never seen that before, but it was the first link that came up. Not a great recording, truth be told.
There is a live concert performance that is a better recording, but it is several minutes longer, and it was kind of a comedy bit. That kind of grates for me, because locally it was a huge tragedy at the time. My uncle was the manager of the produce company making the shipment. My classmate's dad owned the trucking company. It was a young, new driver, who worked heroically to keep anyone else from being killed.
I get it. Tragedy plus time = comedy, and 30,000 pounds of bananas smeared down the road is admittedly kind of a comical image, which is why it came to my mind with this thread. But still, fifty some years later, it still makes me flinch a little.