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Season 8 (NBC) (1965-66)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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UCLA Film and Television Archive

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8.01 [89] SALUTE TO JEROME KERN
no. 65-1545
26-Sep-1965
Written by Martin Charnin
Directed by Sid Smith
Produced by Dan Lounsbery
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, Matt Mattox
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Ginger Rogers
with performances by
Ella Fitzgerald
Earl Wrightson
Roberta Peters
John Davidson
Nancy Dussault
and Ferrante and Teicher.

Highlights:
Jerome Kern songs include, "They Didn't Believe Me", "Once In a Blue Moon", "You Stole My Heart Away", "Look For the Silver Lining", "Why Haven't I Told You?", "Don't Ever Leave Me", "We Belong Together", "I Hear Music", "Why Do I Love You?", "Bill", "Way I Am", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "Make Believe" and a Show Boat finale.
"Fine Romance", "Pick Yourself Up", "Angel Eyes", "It's Only Human", "Can I Forget You?", and "Long Ago and Far Away".

8.02 [90] MUSIC IN MANHATTAN
no. 65-1637
10-Oct-1965
Written by Walter Marks
Directed by Dave Geisel
Produced by Kirk Browning
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, James Starbuck
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Gordon MacRae and Florence Henderson
with performances by
singer Lena Horne
baritone Robert Merrill
tenor Richard Tucker
pianist Grant Johannesen
and musician Pete Fountain.

Highlights:
Lena Horne sings "Manhattan" and "Jubilation".
Pete Fountain does "This Old Train".
Florence Henderson sings "Who Can I Turn To", "Do Re Mi" and "Make Someone Happy".
Other songs include "Moon River", "It's A Mad Mad World", "I Hear a Waltz" and "A Stranger No More".

8.03 [91] SHOW #3
no. 65-1733
24-Oct-1965
Written by Gordon Auchincloss
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by William Hammerstein
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, Matt Mattox
"Sylvia" [ballet segment] choreography by George Balanchine
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Victor Borge
with performances by
coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland
singer Patti Page
ballet dancers Jacques d'Amboise
and Allegra Kent
and Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.

Highlights:
Joan Sutherland sings "Ah, fors'e lui" and "Sempre libera" from Verdi's "La Traviata".
In a dance segment, Allegra Kent and Jacques D'Amboise dance the "Sylvia" pas de deux to music by Delibes.
Patti Page sings "Nevertheless," "The Things We Did Last Summer," and "All My Love."
Victor Borge plays Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune".
Benny Goodman and the orchestra play an upbeat tune with solos by several band members.

8.04 [92] SALUTE TO VETERAN'S DAY
no. 65-1820
07-Nov-1965
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Sid Smith
Produced by Dan Lounsbery
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, Matt Mattox
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Ralph Bellamy
with performances by
singers Howard Keel
Allen Case
Barbara Cook
Anita Gillette
dancers Anthony Blum and Jillana
United States Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps
United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team
and the United States Naval Academy Glee Club

Highlights:
Performances include "This Is the Army", "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen", "Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet", "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo", "They're Either Too Young or Too Old", "When the Saints Come Marching In", "Coming in On a Wing and a Prayer", "I'll Walk Alone", "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" and "It's Been a Long, Long Time".

8.05 [93] A FAMILY THANKSGIVING #5
no. 65-1910
21-Nov-1965
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Dave Geisel
Produced by Don Appell
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreographer, Matt Mattox
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Robert Young
with performances by
Carol Lawrence
John Gary
Jean Fenn
William Walker
Matt Mattox
and Choristers of the Little Church Around the Corner
presents a view of Thanksgiving and other pleasures
musically as seen through the eyes of a small boy, Scott Bloom.

Highlights:
Robert Young opens with "Give Me the Simple Life".
Carol Lawrence sings "Swinging On a Star", "You Are" and "When You're In Love".
Medley with songs "Welcome Home", "Who Could Believe", "When the Children Are Asleep", "Imagination", "Never Never Land", "It's a Wonderful World", "Welcome Home" and "It Can Happen Again".

8.06 [94] THE MUSIC OF HAROLD ARLEN
no. 65-1997
05-Dec-1965
Written by Martin Charnin
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by Herbert Ross
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, James Starbuck
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Dinah Shore
with performances by
Gordon MacRae
Gretchen Wyler
Leslie Uggams
Edward Villella
Patricia McBride
Harold Arlen
and Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.

Highlights:
Songs include, "Hooray For Love", "Over the Rainbow", "Let's Fall In Love", "Blues in the Night", "House of Flowers", "This Will Be My Shining Hour", "I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues", "Evergreen", "My Mama Done Told Me", Little Joe", "I've Got the World on a String" and "Stormy Weather".

8.07 [95] AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
65-2085
19-Dec-1965
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Sid Smith
Produced by Dan Lounsbery
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, John Butler
Announcer, Mel Brandt
Hosted by Martha Scott
with performances
Jane Morgan
Earl Wrightson
Judi Rolin
Gianna d'Angelo
ballet dancers Jacques d'Amboise
and Melissa Hayden
and The Columbus Boychoir.

Highlights:
Martha Scott, opens with a tableau set in a small town in 1909. Townspeople gradually leave their stillframe poses, coming to life to sing holiday tunes.
Melissa Hayden, as the Snow Queen, and Jacques D'Amboise, as the Prince, perform the "Snow" pas de deux from "The Nutcracker," with music by Tchaikovsky.
The ensemble of singers perform carols in "Grandma's house," followed by a Christmas message from Frederick R. Kappel.
A church scene with the Columbus Boychoir singing "Adeste Fideles," "The First Noel," and "Carol of the Bells".
Martha Scott reads a biblical passage from Luke.
Gianna d'Angelo and the Boychoir close singing "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night".

8.08 [96] THE MUSIC OF THE WEST
no. 66-5
02-Jan-1966
Written by Gordon Auchincloss
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by Don Appell
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, John Butler
Announcer, Mel Brandt
Hosted by Hugh O'Brian
with performances by
Jack Haskell
Eddy Arnold
Dolores Gray
Peter Nero
Allegra Kent
Anthony Blum
Basil Thompson
and The Tucson Boys Choir.

Highlights:
Songs include "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'", "The Long Prairie", "Tumbling Tumbleweed", "Crossing the River", "Old Faithful", "Don't Fence Me In", and song selections from "Paint Your Wagon" and "Annie Get Your Gun".

8.09 [97] THE SONG AND THE DANCE MAN
no. 66-94
16-Jan-1966
Written by Will Glickman
Directed by Dave Geisel
Produced by Herbert Ross
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, John Butler
Announcer, Mel Brandt
Hosted by Donald O'Connor
with performances by
Anthony Newley
Shani Wallis
Janet Blair
Nancy Dussault
and The Nicholas Brothers.

Highlights:
Anthony Newley and Donald O'Connor perform a Vaudeville song "Mention My Name In Sheboygan".
Anthony Newley describes and O'Connor demonstrates different styles of dance, including clog dance, buck and wing, tap dance, soft shoe, and sand dance.
Donald O'Connor and the Nicholas Brothers perform a challenge dance.
Anthony Newley and Shani Wallis recreate an English music hall routine, including songs "Goodbye Little Yellow Bird," "I Live In Trafalgar Square," and "You Can Do a Lot of Things by the Seaside".
In tribute to Leslie Stuart's creation of the chorus girl in the Floradora sextet, Newley, O'Connor and chorus sing "Tell Me Pretty Maiden".
Janet Blair sings and dances to "Moonlight Bay," "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow," and "Charley, My Boy".
Donald O'Connor, Anthony Newley, Shani Wallis, and Nancy Dussault perform "Always Leave Them Laughing When You Say Good-Bye," "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady," "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'," "Remember," "Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday on Saturday Night," and "Give My Regards to Broadway".
Donald O'Connor and Anthony Newley perform a medley of songs including "For Me and My Gal," "Gonna Build a Mountain," "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," "Make 'Em Laugh," "The Joker Is Me," and "What Kind of Fool Am I?".

8.10 [98] A GERSHWIN PORTRAIT
no. 66-185
30-Jan-1966
Written by Robert Noah
Directed by Sid Smith
Produced by William Hammerstein
Hosted by Polly Bergen
with performances by
John Raitt
Susan Watson
John Davidson
Diahann Carroll
and André Previn.

Highlights:
Songs include "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Rhapsody in Blue", "Lady Be Good!", "Man I Love", "Girl Crazy", "Embraceable You", "But Not For Me", "Where Is My Bess?", "I Got Rhythm", "Bidin' My Time" and "Our Love Is Here to Stay".

8.11 [99] VALENTINE'S #11
no. 66-285
13-Feb-1966
Written by Gordon Auchincloss
Directed by Dave Geisel
Produced by Dan Lounsbery
Hosted by Julie Harris
with performances by
Jack Jones
Anita Gillette
Barbara McNair
Giorgio Tozzi
ballet dancers Maria Tallchief
and Conrad Ludlow
and The Brothers Four.

Highlights:
Songs include, "What Is Love?", "Love Is Sweeping the Country", "Love Walked Right In", "I'll Take Romance", "Some Enchanted Evening", "What the World Needs Now", "Love Is", "Love and Marriage", "I Married An Angel", "Making Whoopee", "Higher and Higher", "It Never Entered My Mind", "Not At All in Love", "How Do I Love Thee?", "How Long Has This Been Going On?", "Try to Remember", "To Love and Be Loved" and "That's the Story of Love".

8.12 [100] THE LYRICS OF ALAN JAY LERNER
no. 66-367
27-Feb-1966
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Walter C. Miller
Produced by Herbert Ross
Hosted by Cyril Ritchard
with performances by
Florence Henderson
Barbara Harris
Stanley Holloway
John Cullum
Patricia McBride
and Edward Villella.

Summary:
Cyril Ritchard hosts this tribute to lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner whom he describes as a romantic with an "indestructible belief in the existence of an ideal place, an ideal time, and an ideal love."
Stanley Holloway, the original Alfred Doolittle in "My Fair Lady, Florence Henderson, Barbara Harris, John Cullum, and New York City Ballet principals Edward Villella and Patricia McBride perform songs from the Lerner and Loewe musicals "Brigadoon," "My Fair Lady," "Gigi," "Camelot" and from Lerner and Burton Lane's 1951 film "Royal Wedding" and current Broadway musical "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever."

Highlights:
From the musical "Brigadoon," Florence Henderson sings "Heather on the Hill".
Barbara Harris sings the satirical "When We're 65" from "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever".
Stanley Holloway sings "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" ("My Fair Lady").
Cyril Ritchard performs the title song from "Camelot" and "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man" ("My Fair Lady).
Stanley Holloway joins Barbara Harris in "I Remember It Well" ("Gigi").
Florence Henderson sings "Without You" ("My Fair Lady").
John Cullum sings the title song from "Gigi".
Stanley Holloway performs "Get Me to the Church on Time".
Barbara Harris and John Cullum -- re-creating the Broadway roles that earned them each 1966 Tony nominations -- perform scenes and medley of songs from their current Broadway show "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" including "Hurry It's Lovely Up Here," "Melinda" "S.S. Bernard Cohen," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" and the title song.
Cyril Ritchard sings "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" ("My Fair Lady").
Patricia McBride and Edward Villella dance a pas de deux to "Come to Me, Bend to Me" from "Brigadoon".
Florence Henderson sings "Almost Like Being in Love" ("Brigadoon").
Stanley Holloway sings "I'll Go Home with Bonny Jean" ("Brigadoon").
Cyril Ritchard sings "I Left My Hat in Haiti" ("Royal Wedding").
Florence Henderson "I Could Have Danced All Night" ("My Fair Lady").
Stanley Holloway "With a Little Bit of Luck."
The program concludes with an all-star medley and a reprise of "Camelot."

8.13 [101] MUSIC OF THE MOVIES
no. 66-466
13-Mar-1966
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Dave Geisel
Produced by Sid Smith
Executive Producer Barry Wood
Conductor Donald Voorhees
The Bell Telephone Orchestra
Hosted by Ray Bolger
with performances by
baritone Robert Merrill
actress Gloria de Haven
actor Peter Marshall
dancer Ann Miller
singers Constance Towers
and Judi Rolin
and pianist André Previn.

Highlights:
Ray Bolger and Ann Miller sing and tap dance to "Puttin' On the Ritz".
Ann Miller performs "I'm a Latin From Manhattan".
Ann Miller, Constance Towers and Judi Rolin entertain as The Andrew Sisters.
Songs from "The Jazz Singer" in 1927 to the "Fox Movietone Follies" of 1929, through the college dance and operetta pictures of the '30s, Broadway composers of the '40s to the Academy Awards medley of winners.
Medley from "The Wizard of Oz", "It's Easy to Remember" and "The Stanley Steamer".

8.14 [102] MASTERPIECES AND MUSIC
no. 66-558
27-Mar-1966
Written by Robert Sherman
Directed by Sid Smith
Produced by Herbert Ross
Executive Producer Barry Wood
Conductor Donald Voorhees
The Bell Telephone Orchestra
Choreographer Matt Mattox and George Balanchine
Hosted by Charles Boyer
with performances by
Opera star Leontyne Price
singer Jane Morgan
musician Benny Goodman
ballet dancers Edward Villella
and Patricia McBride
The New Christy Minstrels
and The Buster Davis Singers.

Various paintings are shown throughout this episode, including a bust of Nefertiti, works by Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Matisse, and Stevan Dohanos.

Highlights:
Jane Morgan sings "Fascination" and "The Night They Invented Champagne".
Leontyne Price sings "Ritorna vincitor" from "Aida"; and Benny Goodman and his band play "Great Day," "The Shadow of Your Smile," and "Air Mail Special."
In a ballet segment, Edward Villella and Patricia McBride dance George Balanchine's "Harlequinade".
The New Christy Minstrels perform folk songs.
Leontyne Price sings "Summertime".
Leontyne Price, the New Christy Minstrels, and the Buster Davis Singers collaborate on a final song.

8.15 [103] SONGS OF SPRING
no. 66-644
10-Apr-1966
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Dave Geisel
Produced by Dan Lounsbery
Executive producer Barry Wood
Conductor Donald Voorhees
The Bell Telephone Orchestra
The Buster Davis Singers
Hosted by John Forsythe
with performances by
singers Nancy Ames
and Johnny Desmond
tenor Richard Tucker
soprano Gabriella Tucci
pianist James Mathis
The Serendipity Singers
and The Sholom Secunda Chorale

Highlights:
Nancy Ames singing "Imagination".
John Forsythe reciting a poem by Robert Frost.
The Serendipity Singers singing "Sunshine Special," "When Peaches Grow on Lilac Trees,"and "Soon Its Gonna Rain".
Johnny Desmond singing "April Showers".
Nacy Ames and Johnny Desmond sing "Spring, Spring, Spring", "The Sun is Up," and "It's Wonderful What a Day Can Do".
Gabriella Tucci and Richard Tucker sing a scene from "Madam Butterfly."
James Mathis on piano performs Carl Maria Von Weber's "KonzertstŸck in F Minor".
Richard Tucker and the Sholom Secunda Chorale sing music from the Seder.
Gabriella Tucci and the Sholom Secunda Chorale sing "Regina Coeli" from Pietro Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana."

8.16 [104] MUSIC THAT MIRRORS THE TIMES
no. 66-727
24-Apr-1966
Written by Will Glickman
Directed by Sid Smith
Produced by Stanley Prager
Executive producer Barry Wood
Conductor Donald Voorhees
The Bell Telephone Orchestra
Hosted by Burl Ives
with performances by
singers Florence Henderson
John Gary
Leslie Uggams
and Susan Watson
pianist Max Morath
and dancer Steve Harmon.

Highlights:
Songs include, "Get Under", "The Buggy Ride", "Two Tickets to Georgia", "One Day in June", "Good Ship Robert E. Lee".
"Love Me or Leave Me", "Just a Prisoner of Love. "I Wanna Be Loved By You", "Mr. Gallager & Mr. Sheen" and "Don't Leave Me".
Wilson that's all, Coolidge, William Howard Taft speech, Mr. Hoover & Mr. Smith speeches.
Finale with "Happy Days Are Here Again".

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