Remember the Hudson Brothers, they had a Saturday morning variety show in the mid-1970s. Someone has taken one of their songs and married some images from that period into a video.
The Hudson Brothers had a summer replacement show in 1974, here's a skit from that series with guest Andy Griffith.
Friday, January 2, 2010 9:20am
I don't watch many TV commercials, I watch almost all of my TV on DVD, but I understand the McDonaldland commercials are history. Let's look back at the beginning of the wildly popular series, from 1970, as Ronald takes us on a tour of the almost edible wonderland. By the way, did you read about the person who saved a McDonald's hamburger from 1996 and it still almost looks like it's new?
Now watch the very first Ronald McDonald commercial - it's down right creepy! Smartly they ditched the paper cup nose and the food tray hat and toned down the smile a bit. Weird!
Voted BEST RADIO DESCRIPTION of the Pasadena ROSE PARADE for 10 Years Running! Your jovial hosts Anne Nicholson, Jodie Kepple and Bob Mills will be mike-side on NEW YEAR'S DAY to broadcast the 121st ROSE PARADE to 2.7 million listeners nationwide over the facilities of the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service, NPR and the RADIO TALKING BOOK NETWORK. The live program, themed this year "A Cut Above the Rest," gets underway at 8am PST and concludes at 11 am. Grand Marshal, US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, will accompany the first all-blind marching band, The Banda Musical Latina Pedro Molina from from Coatepeque Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Access all the fun online at: LARRS.ORG or TOURNAMENTOFROSES.COM
Friday, January 1, 2010 7:55am
Thursday, December 31, 2009 12:52pm
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Speaking of quaint, check out these Holiday messages that ran in movie theaters in 1959.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 7:42am
I'M HARDROCK, I'M COCO, I'M JOE
Friday, December 25, 2009 4:15pm
Which reminds me of this appearance Edgar Bergen did on Jack Paar Tonight, the series that ran briefly on ABC in the 1970s. I believe this was on one of the last Paar programs, from 1973. Remember what a great job he did as Grandpa Walton in The Homecoming, the TV movie that spawned The Waltons? Wonder why he didn't get the series gig? It sure was good for Will Geer's career.
Thursday, December 24, 2009 1:30pm
Born in NYC in 1918 (although some sources say that he was born in Chelsea, Ma.) he auditioned for the NBC network radio version of "The Horn & Hardadt Children's Hour" doing a dramatic reading of the Edgar Allen Poe poem "The Raven". His reading came out more comedic than serious so he became a comedy performer.
His appearances on "The H&H Children's Hour" led to other roles on numerous radio shows like "Let's Pretend", "The Archie Andrews Show" and "The Milton Berle Show".
He also appeared in many movies - "My Sister Eileen" (the original 1940's version with Roz Russell, Allyn Joslyn, George Tobias, Gordon Jones and The Three Stooges), "The Man With The Golden Arm"(his only onscreen dramatic performance with Frank Sinatra), "Dondi", "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!"and "Dennis The Menace".
He was also the on camera spokesman for Chunky Candy Bars back in the late-1950s, Mr. Stang was the one who made famous the catch phrase "What A Chunk Of Chocolate!".
He also appeared on many TV shows, among them "Texaco Star Theater", "The Milton Berle Show", "Chico & The Man", and "The Cosby Show" (his last TV appearance where he played the english teacher who encourages Sammy Davis, Jr. to learn to read).
But Arnold Stang will be best remembered for his work as a cartoon voice over performer. He did the voice of Herman Mouse for "The Herman & Katnip" movie cartoons.
He was also the voice of Hadji Baba The reformed cannibal in "Alakazam The Great", "Nerdle The Twerdle", the alien space agent in "Pinocchio In Outer Space" and as the NYC based feline con man (Top Cat) in "Top Cat", "Yogi's Treasure Hunt" and the animated TV movie "Top Cat & The Beverly Hills Cats".
During his later years Mr. Stang left TV acting to perform in summer stock and dinner theaters and to do voice overs for radio commercials.
His last project was being interviewed for a documentary about the creation of "The Top Cat" cartoons for the DVD collection.
I was lucky enough to meet and interview Mr. Stang in NYC years ago and he was kind enough to give me, a young writer, info about his work as a character actor and cartoon VO artist.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 10:00am
MY FINAL CHRISTMAS SONG PICK
Anyway, here's my final Christmas tune recorded since 1964 that I enjoy hearing each year (I can only think of five) - 'Same Old Lang Syne' by Dan Fogelberg. Released in 1981, this song is both sweet and sour, reflecting the same mixed feelings I have around the Holidays. Dan Fogelberg died almost exactly two years ago on December 16, 2007.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 7:21am
HOLY COW - AMAZING!
Monday, December 21, 2009 2:06pm
Sunday, December 20, 2009 1:06pm
Ms. Hines had made guest appearances on many TV shows like "Perry Mason" but she will always be remembered for playing Alan Young's (Wilbur Post's) wife who never believed that her husband had a trouble making, talking horse named Mr. Ed.
In recent years Ms. Hines had retired from acting, her only public appearances had been at nostalgia conventions with Mr. Young and appearing on TV and radio talk shows like "Entertainment Tonight", "Hour Magazine" with Gary Collins and "Stu's Show".
Sunday, December 20, 2009 1:00pm
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