Category: YouTube clip of the week

Doris Day’s first TV appearance

Quite recently I’ve been watching some of the original American What’s My Line TV shows and this one is fantastic. It features Doris Day as the ‘mystery’ guest and the panellists have to ask her questions, which she answers in strange sounds to disguise her identity and they have to guess who she is.

This is the longest clip I’ve uploaded, it’s nearly half an hour long, but a great reveal at the end. Enjoy. If you do, there are many more clips of that show available and one of the greatest ‘mystery’ guests was Walt Disney.

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Leapy Lee

Leapy Lee is 80s this week.

He was born in Eastbourne with the name Graham Pulleyblank which he later changed to Lee Graham.

He signed to Pye records in 1965 and released the single, It’s All Happening which went nowhere. The following year he signed with Decca and recorded one track, King of the Whole Wide World which also went nowhere. Again, the following year he went with CBS and released Boiled Beef and Carrots which did the same as the previous two releases.

He got his break when he was working as a bingo caller and the songwriter Albert Hammond came in. Albert told me in an interview that Lee went up to him after he recognised him and said that he was also a singer and did he have any spare songs he could have. Albert said, “Well, I’ve got one song which I’ve had for a while and can’t get anyone to record it so you can have a go if you like.”  The song was Little Arrows and indeed Albert did make it a hit when it reached number two in October 1968.

He is classed as a one-hit-wonder, but actually did chart a follow up, Good Morning petered out at number 29 in January 1970.

He moved to Spain and was next seen in the late 90s when he appeared as a ‘roving reporter’ with Nadia Sawalha on the TV show Passport to the Sun.

He still lives in Spain and has a regular column in the Euro Weekly News which is an English newspaper but based in the Costa del Sol, mainly focusing on anti-immigration matters.

Let’s remember the catchy Little Arrows from the wonderful Beat Club in 1968.

 

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Dave Allen

Time for another little bit of comedy as I always get a good reaction and nice comments when I post some comedy.  This week its Dave Allen – never a joke teller, just observation comedy and this sketch he talks about aeroplanes. He died just over 14 years ago and is sadly missed as he was one of my favourites. Enjoy.

 

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Lionel Richie

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. is 70 years old this week.

He was born in Tuskegee, Alabama and formed The Commodores when he was 19. He got an initial recording contract with Atlantic records but moved to Motown the following year as a support act to the Jackson 5.

With The Commodores they charted 16 UK hits including their only chart-topper Three Times a Lady, a title Lionel got from a speech his father made at a family party in which he was talking about Lionel’s mother.

He began writing hits for other artists including Kenny Rogers and Diana Ross and he duetted with her on the theme to the film Endless Love. In 1985, he teamed up with Michael Jackson to write the million-selling We Are the World by USA for Africa which sold over 22 million copies and won his a Grammy.

His 1983 album Can’t Slow Down won him another Grammy for Album of the Year and sold eight million copies. It contained the hit singles All Night Long (All Night), Running with the Night, Penny Lover, Stuck on You and the number one hit, Hello.

Let’s remember his third UK hit, You Are from 1983.

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