Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cher & Tina Turner & Kate Smith - Beatles Medley

It kind of leaves you speechless. If you can make it all the way through the clip, you'll also see Ike Turner and the full Ike and Tina Revue with Tim Conway as a surrealistic Sgt Pepper's Band.

For some reason this clip always seems to surface around late April, possibly because it was first aired on the Cher variety show on April 27, 1975, making it almost exactly 33 years old.

Kate Smith who, to put it charitably, was already in the winter of her career by the late `60s, was a staple on television of the era, gamely putting in appearances on nearly every variety show in existence over the next decade, including but not limited to: Tony Orlando and Dawn; The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour; The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour; The Dean Martin Show; Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In; The Andy Williams Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. It was a happy show when Smith did not sing God Bless America, which producers tended to trot out to show how they were both hip and pro-American.

Thanks to Mark Evanier for the link.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it is from vh-1, the network that, shamelessly, edited all the 60-min
CHER Shows to less than 30 mins...
the original Beatles' Medley was twice as long and had all 3 ladies
singing lot's of Beatles' songs-
together and solo... this version
makes it seem awful and useless....
they even edited out lines of the some of the songs you hear/see them singing....

When the truth is the "coming-together" of these 3 legends was quite remarkable and you could see it on the un-edited version....