Oct 16, 2011

The Twilight Zone

In the 1960s, I remember watching this spooky 30 minute black & white tv show called the Twilight Zone.  Rod Sertling was the host of the show.  He would always appear at the beginning of the show to give a brief introduction to the story.  At the end of the show, he would return to say they entered into the twilight zone.

My favorite episode was the one with William Shatner who had a fear of flying, sitting on the plane and when looking out the window, he would see a creature ripping up the plane's wing.  But did he really?  The episode was titled "Nightmare at 20,000 feet".

Here is the Twilight Zone opening theme song.

Another one of my favorites was titled "Talking Tina" about a little girls talking doll who didn't like her father; played by Telly Savalas.

Aug 4, 2011

The Monkees

In 1966,  TV introduced The Monkees;  a four member rock & roll band performing their songs to silly skits, similar to the Beatles movie "Help".  The show became an instant hit with teens and pre-teens.  Their records sold millions with such hits as; "I'm a Believer", "Daydream Believer", " I'm not your Stepping Stone" and "Words" to name a few.  I remember being a big fan of theirs in fifth grade.  Davy Jones was my favorite and Mickey being my second favorite.  The show was nothing but craziness, but who cared backed then; we wanted to watch them sing.

A Scene from their show singing "I'm a Believer"

Here is a clip of the Monkees Intro

Jun 30, 2011

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in

The year was 1968 on a Monday Night when millions were glued to the new and original comedy hour of its time called Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. One of the writers and producer of the show was Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live. I guess you can say this was the very first SNL of its kind.

This crazy comedy consisted of witty one liners from the cast and special guests that would appear every week. Phrases like "Sock it to Me", "My Sweet Bippy", "Very Interesting" and "Here Come the Judge" became their trademark. Goldie Hawn got her start on TV with her Go Go Boots and colorful mini dresses that she and other co-star Judy Carn would do a go go dance while telling one-line jokes. Then there was Lily Tomlin doing her telephone operator skit with a nasally voice and a snort. Laugh-In introduced the freakish ukulele singer, Tiny Tim who made the song "Tip Toe thru the Tulips" a hilarious hit.

Here are some clips of the show:

Mar 26, 2011

Sonny and Cher

Sonny & Cher (husband and wife duo) in 1965 were labeled the first hippies for their fashion and hairstyles.  Their harmonic sound was unique in their own way.   Their first hit songs were "The Beat Goes On" and "I've Got You Babe". They made a movie during 1965 called "Good Times" which I remember going to see at the theater.  The clothes seamed really strange to me until 1967 when I also dressed in bell bottom pants and tops.
In the early 1970s they had their own variety show, when the girls in my school couldn't wait to see what Cher was wearing every week.  Soon after the show was canceled, Cher left to go on her own music career and divorced Sonny.  Sometimes, I think she regrets having  left Sonny.

Here is a clip of them from 1965.

Feb 20, 2011

The Honeymooners - Jackie Gleason

The great comedy of Jackie Gleason is best memorable as Ralph Kramden of the Honeymooners. It first aired on CBS in 1955 and ended in September 1956. There was a total of 39 episodes, now called the "classic episodes". Today, the Honeymooners is still popular on syndication.

The Original Opening of the Show

Jackie Gleason wrote the original score for the Honeymooners Theme.

The Classic 39 Episodes
These episodes were chosen by Jackie Gleason to air in syndication.

Here is a clip of Norton teaching Ralph the Hucklebuck dance.

The Lost Episodes

In January 1985, Gleason announced the release of an additional group of lost episodes from his private vault.
He sold the broadcast rights of the lost episodes to Viacom, and they were first aired from 1985–1986 as a series of sixty-eight 22-minute episodes on the Showtime cable network. Most of these episodes are in 3 to 5 parts and others are 10 minutes long. Here is a very early sketch from December 7, 1951 with the first actress to play Alice Kramden, called "The Ring Seller".

Ralph and Alice Sing

Rare Duet of Ralph and Alice from one of Jackie Gleason's recordings for the Honeymooners.

Jan 30, 2011

TVs Valentines Shows

Looking back to the 1970s I remember two TV shows that was about love and relationships in a humorous fashion.  The two are "Love American Style" and "The Love Boat" Every week they >would change the storyline with different guest stars.

Here is the Opening Theme Song from Season 1. The Theme Song was sung by the Cowcills, who had the hit song "Hair" 1969.

The Love Boat was about love and romance aboard a Cruise Ship. Here is the opening of the Show.

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