LAST CALL: Griffin looks to clean up with his latest recordingventure

Merv Griffin had a hit song 50 years ago with I've Got a Lovely

Bunch of Coconuts. Now the media mogul and former television personality

may climb the charts again with his first CD in years, entitled It's

Like a Dream.

Griffin has made millions as the creator of Jeopardy and Wheel of

Fortune, and spent 23 years fronting his own talk show. But this, his

first foray into the recording studio in at least a quarter of a

century, might have even this well-seasoned ham feeling a little


What else can explain Griffin's impulse to clean up a little graffiti

that appeared on his freshly minted promotional poster?

According to a press release from The Lee Solters Company, Griffin and

Pat Boone, whose record company The Gold Label released Griffin's CD,

arrived at the launch for Griffin's CD at a Tower Records store in West


It says that Griffin and Boone discovered some nefarious persons had

"decided to earmark the newly installed billboards of Griffin, Dido and

Destiny's Child with various markings and social declarations."

Blame was placed squarely on high-spirit attendees at the Weezer event

the night before. "They even gave Griffin a few red teeth," the release


So Griffin and Boone decided to clean it all up, rolling up their

sleeves and scrubbing away.

The story was picked up by such media outlets as AP, UPI and The

San-Antonio Express News.

The PR experts at Lee Solters even managed to get in a plug for Pat

Boone's other business ventures.

"For the clean up, Boone and Griffin had to be careful since they were

both sporting a pair of Boone's new white buck shoes," it read.

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