This is one you don't want to miss!
Beginning next Saturday Night, March 6th, PBS, thanks to TJ Lubinksy, will bring you a music program from 1965 that hasn't aired since ... and wait till you see this line-up of stars!
Back in the early '60's, Murray The K (yes, THAT Murray The K ... aka The Fifth Beatle) used to put on these package shows at The Fox Theater in Brooklyn ... sometimes as often as two or three times a day! ... and each performance was an extravaganza featuring some of the biggest names in music at the time.
Well, in 1965, he also put together a television special called "It's What's Happening, Baby" ... and it is THIS special that PBS will begin airing on March 6th. (Encore performances will follow.)
And check out this list of performers ...
Nowhere To Run – Martha & The Vandellas
Walk On By – Dionne Warwick
Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter – Herman’s Hermits
Pride & Joy – Marvin Gaye
Land Of 1,000 Dances – Cannibal & The Headhunters
You’ll Never Walk Alone – Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles
I’m Alright – Little Anthony & The Imperials
Be My Baby – The Ronettes
I Don’t Want To Cry – Chuck Jackson
My Guy – Mary Wells
The Seventh Son – Johnny Rivers
The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations
Count Me In – Gary Lewis & The Playboys
Up On The Roof – The Drifters
Stop! In The Name Of Love – The Supremes
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – The Righteous Brothers
I Can’t Help Myself – Four Tops
Ooo Baby Baby – The Miracles
What’d I Say – Ray Charles
The program first aired on June 28th, 1965 on CBS ... and this is another one of those "at the time" captured moments of a VERY exciting time in music history. (Offering commentary on this special broadcast is Mary Wilson of The Supremes, in what would turn out to be her last interview ... she died just thirteen days later.)
Here's the official press release ...
Along with some special commentary by Harvey Kubernik ...
And, to kick things off, a copy of the original piece that ran in TV Guide back in 1965 ...
Courtesy of Jim Roup
As I have been revisiting our 2008 Phil Spector Series ... doing some extensive editing and fine-tuning, preparing it for permanent posting, I have also been re-reading Ronnie Spector's autobiography, "Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts and Madness, or My Life As a Fabulous Ronette," a fun read and inside look at the madness that was Phil Spector.