Wednesday, August 31, 2022

1975: What's On TV Tonight (And The Next 21.5 Hours)?

24 Aug 1975, Sun The Lexington Herald (Lexington, Kentucky)
29 Aug 1975, Fri The Paducah Sun (Paducah, Kentucky)
There's a boatload of stuff from Jerry Lewis's 1975 MDA telethon on YouTube. But I know you're busy, so just could just check out the next 15 minutes or so after this video starts ...

This was Frank Sinatra's first appearance in Jerry Lewis's 10 (so far) telethons. I really like his rich-guy moves in the breaks between the songs, and I really like his pingponging between covers of recent hits by other people (like "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown") and standards for which his are regarded as the definitive performances (like "They Can't Take That Away From Me"). He sure was good, wasn't he?

None of these songs appears to be available as a standalone video on YouTube. If they were out there, they would've each made this list. But, whatever, here are my 10 favorite songs otherwise from those most-of-two days over Labor Day weekend:
  1. “How Sweet It Is,” Lou Rawls
  2. “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” house orchestra (with Jerry Lewis dancing with a lollipop)
  3. “Love Me Or Leave Me,” Peggy Lee
  4. “Fallin’ In Love Again,” Patti York
  5. “What Good Is a Song,” Annette Thomas
  6. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Frank Sinatra
  7. “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” Charo
  8. “Smell the Roses,” Johnny Tillotson
  9. “With a Song in My Heart”/“Tie a Yellow Ribbon”/“Top of the World” medley (with “Button Up Your Overcoat” encore), Singing Cedars
  10. “Then Came You,” Christian Brothers
Jerry Lewis was from Newark, New Jersey. I think I might be the only person in the world who was a fan of the Newark airport before its modernizations of the last five or six years. 

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