Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hogan's Heroes

Episode 26 
Season 2  
"The Most Escape Proof Camp I've Ever Escaped From"

March 3rd 1967

My Record Collection

I am going to start randomly going into my record collection and grabbing an album and give some info about it and hopefully posting some of the songs.

Today we start with Charley Pride's 1971 album "Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs" 

The album went to #1 on the Billboard Country chart but only to #38 on the Top 200 album chart.  However it did produce what has become a country standard and Charley Pride's signature song "Kiss an Angel Good Morning".  He made it to  #1 on the hot country chart, spending the entire month of January in the top spot. This was his 8th #1 country hit and his first to his only song to Billboard Top 40 pop hit going to #21 and also reaching #1 on the Canadian country singles chart.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Gunsmoke on Radio - Amy's Good Deed

"Amy's Good Deed"
 aired on CBS radio November 27th
1955 Season 4 episode 14,  
written by John Meston.

Aired on CBS television April 12th 1958 
Episode 109 season 3 
written for tv by Kathleen Hite
Guest star Jeanette Nolan as Amy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Top of the Pops

This weeks Top of the Pops is our UK edition.   The Top 5 songs on the UK Top 40 singles chart for this week in 1968.

5  -  Help Yourself - Tom Jones

4  -  Do It Again - The Beach Boys

3  -  This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert

2  -  Fire! - Crazy World of Arthur Brown

1  -  Mony Mony - Tommy James and The Shondells
(1 week at #1)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Golden Age of Radio - Duffy's Tavern

Today I have an episode of the great OTR comedy Duffy's Tavern
thanks to Bob Carmardella's podcast.

Duffy was never heard on the show, we have the tavern manager Archie, played by show creator and head writer Ed Gardner, (who speaks to Mr. Duffy on the phone each episode....but this one)

There was Miss Duffy, daughter of Duffy,  played by different actress' in the 10 run of the show, including Shirley Booth (of Hazel fame and then wife of Ed Gardner) and Selma Diamond who was better know to younger audiences as Selma the baliff on the great 80s sitcom "Night Court".
Eddie the Waiter played by Eddie Green until his passing 1950 and Clifton Finnegan played by Charlie Cantor and later by Sid Raymond.

Archie was the brainchild of series creator Ed Gardner, but when he couldnt find an actor with the right accent he stepped and became Archie.   Famous for his get rich quick schemes and malapropism this was one of the funniest shows on radio and ran on CBS 1941-42 then moved to NBC until the shows end in 1951.
A brief stint on TV did not prove successful in the 50s.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Top 5

Today's Top 5 is the Top 5 Bestselling Novels this week in 1991.  
From the New York Times Bestseller list from August 18th

1 - The Kitchen God's Wife - Amy Tan
A ChineseAmerican matriarch tells the harrowing story of her life.

2 - The Firm - John Grisham 
A young lawyer learns that his firm is engaged in secret, possibly illegal activities.

3 - Maximum Bob - Elmore Leonard

A woman probation officer pursues the people trying to kill a redneck Florida judge
(the basis for a short lived tv show in 1998 starring Beau Bridges)

4 - Pastime - Robert B Parker

The private eye Spenser learns much about his own past while helping a young man track down his mother, who has disappeared.

5 - Heir To The Empire - Timothy Zahn

The survival of the "Star Wars" galaxy is menaced by new forces.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Gunsmoke - Bad Seed

From Season 6 Episode 216  originally aired Feb 4th 1961

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Biography : Dick Van Dyke

This is really good stuff.  The A&E Biography of Dick Van Dyke.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Top 5

The Top 5 shows of the 1973-74 television season

5 - Hawaii Five-O  24.0 rating (CBS Tues 830-930)

4 - M*A*S*H  25.7 rating (CBS Sat 830-9)

3 - Sanford and Son  27.5 rating (NBC Fri 8-830)

2 - The Waltons  28.1 rating (CBS Thurs 8-9)

1 - All In The Family  31.2 rating (CBS Sat 8-830)

Bonanza - The Blood Line

The Blood Line
Season 2 episode 15
aired December 31st 1960

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Top 5

New feature, the Top 5.  This could be music, sports, history, trivia, movies or just about anything else.

Today The Top 5 movies this week in 2001

#5 - America's Sweethearts ($12.1M)

#4 - Jurassic Park III ($18.1M)

#3 - The Princess Diaries ($37.8M)

#2 - The Planet of the Apes ($39.2M)

#1 - Rush Hour 2 ($100.4M)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Gunsmoke On Radio and Television - Never Pester Chester

aired on CBS TV
November 16 1957
Season 3 episode 10

Stobo as played by Jacob "Buddy" Baer who was the brother of heavyweight boxing champion Max Baer and uncle to Max Baer Jr, better known as "Jethro Bodine" on the Beverly Hillbillies.

Originally aired 
July 5th 1952
CBS radio 
Season 1 episode 11