VARIETY SPECIALS

LYNDA CARTER VARIETY SPECIALS

004 LYNDA CARTER: STREET LIFE

Premiere: CBS, Friday, March 5, 1982, 10:00 PM.

Director: Stan Harris.
Writer: Jeffrey Barron.
GUEST-STARS:

GEORGE BENSON.

TONY ORLANDO.
FRANK STALLONE.
SONGS FEATURED:

[1] "DANCIN' IN THE STREETS" Performed by Lynda Carter.

 

[2] "COME RAIN OR COME SHINE / CAN'T HELP LOVIN' THAT MAN" Performed by Lynda Carter.

[3] "WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE" Performed by Lynda Carter and Frank Stallone.

[4] "50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER" Performed by Lynda Carter with the Marines Corp's Silent Drill Team.

[5] "UP ON THE ROOF" Performed by Lynda Carter.

[6] "LISTEN TO THE MUSIC" Performed by Lynda Carter and Tony Orlando.

[7] "YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELING" Performed by Lynda Carter.

[8] "NEVER GIVE UP ON A GOOD THING" Performed by George Benson.

[9] "STAND BY ME" Performed by Lynda Carter and George Benson.

[10] "HE'S OUT OF MY LIFE" Performed by Lynda Carter.

[11] "BACK IN THE U.S.A." Performed by Lynda Carter.

  [112 "ALWAYS" Performed by Lynda Carter.
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CREDITS:

Producer: Stan Harris.
Executive Producer: Ron Samuels.
Associate Producer: Kevin Bright.
Music Arranged and Directed by: Johnny Harris.
Special Musical Material: Lynda Carter, Johnny Harris, Ron Samuels.
Production Associate: Rudi Hinkson.
Choreographer: Walter Painter.
Costumes Designed by: Bob Mackie.
Assistant To The Producer: Connie Cockrell.
Set Decorator: Michael Corenblith.
Associate Choreographer: Charlene Painter.
Technical Director: Gerry Bucchi.
Lightning Director: Truck Krone.
Audio: Rich Jacobs.
Editor: Jay Scherberth.
Production Associates: Jayne Harris, Ted Neff.
Art Director: Ray Klausen.
Assistant To Ron Samuels: June Scott, Gabe Thomas, Lana Wood.
Associate Director: Wendy Charles.
Stage Managers: John Sprague, John Marsh.
Announcer: Dick Tufeld.
Lynda Carter's Make-up: John Elliott.
Lynda Carter's Hair Stylist: Cheri Ruff.
Post Production Facilities: Pacific Video.
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Awards: "Emmy Award" nomination for Outstanding Technical Direction and Electronic camerawork (Gerry Bucci Technical Director, Ron Brooks Cameraperson, Warren Cress Cameraperson, D.J. Diomedes Cameraperson, Don Langford Cameraperson, Jay Lowry Cameraperson, Bill Scott Cameraperson). Sunday, September 19, 1982, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA. Lynda Carter and Ron Samuels' production company were responsible for the show.

MEMORIES OF A MARINE

The following are some memories of one of the marines of the Marine Corp's Silent Drill Team who participated in the "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover" act of the "Street Life" special. He's 39 years old now, and he shares some of his memories with us about the taping of the show:

"After our taping each of us got to meet her and have individual pictures taken with her by a marine corp photographer that was travelling with us. They were later returned to us back in Washington D.C. with her best wishes and autograph on the back. Some notable things happened upon our arrival to the studio. We were a crack crew of 24, hand selected from 72 marines, already involved in a Silent Drill Team "spring training" at Yuma, Arizona. We were flown to Hollywood, California on a C-130 transport. Then bussed to the studio."

   "I don't think the producers even knew what we really were or what we did. They had us go out on a helicopter pad and show them our drill routine. It was a ten minute drill routine  practiced with precision and involving various changes in formations and spins and tossing of the rifles with and without bayonets without any commands. They were very impressed as was usually the case with any group that saw the drill. We were then taken in to our dressing rooms where we prepared for the taping."

   "While we were upstairs shining our brass and ironing our uniforms this little guy in a suit comes walking up the stairs. We were all kind of hanging out from room to room having a good time with everything when this guy yells out, "Hey!! Are you guys for real?!! It was Tony Orlando. He didn't know if we were actors or the real thing. We assured him of the latter. Later, when ready, we were brought down on stage for the taping."

   "Now we had to quickly throw together some edited impromptu version of our original drill routine because we didn't have sufficient room on the stage to accommodate or regular drill routine. We were lined up in a columns of twos starting from the back of the stage and leading to the front. This was a part of the drill we dubbed "The Meat Grinder." The idea was to have Linda start down the middle of the row and head for the front as she sang " Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover." As she passed through each set of marines behind her would come from the order arms position and spin the weapon, with bayonet affixed and spinning in an inner locking fashion directly behind her. We kept catching up to her and we'd have to cut to avoid cutting her. It was a timing thing with her, the music, and us. After about three cuts we finally all got it dialed in. I've got a few more little tidbits but I need to think some more about them. It's been awhile. It was a very unique experience, as was my whole tour around the U.S. thought the better part of that summer flying on our own DC-9 with the Marine Corp Band performing for some very notable venues."

   "When she came out singing, 'The problem is all inside your head she said to me,' Lynda was carrying a cordless mic. They kept getting a lot of feedback and would have to cut. This went on for several takes. After one cut, with the crew still not knowing what was causing it, Lynda says, 'Maybe it's these buttons on their uniforms.' She then walked up to me and started rubbing the top of the mic circling my buttons all the way down to the bottom of my jacket. She was very lovely and I can feel my blood pressure rising this very minute. After determining this wasn't the problem it was corrected and we carried on with the taping. I will say that it was one of the most memorable stops that I made with the Silent Drill Team that year. And there were many."

STATS MEDIA TRIVIA

RUNNING TIME: 0:50:00 [1 hour including commercials].
VHS: Not available on commercial video. Available on VHS thru fan services.
DVD: Not available on commercial video.
INFO: This is Lynda Carter's fourth television special.
AUDIO: [1] "DANCIN' IN THE STREETS" MP3.
[2] "WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE" MP3.
[3] "COME RAIN OR COME SHINE / CAN'T HELP LOVIN' THAT MAN" MP3.
[4] "50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER" MP3.
[5] "LISTEN TO THE MUSIC" MP3.
[6] "YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELING" MP3.
[7] "STAND BY ME" MP3.
[8] "HE'S OUT OF MY LIFE" MP3.
[9] "LIVING IN THE U.S.A." MP3.
[10] "ALWAYS" MP3.
VIDEO: [1]  "DANCIN' IN THE STREET" WMV.
[2]  "COME RAIN OR COME SHINE / CAN'T HELP LOVING THAT MAN" WMV.
[3]  "WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE" WMV.
[4]  "50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER" WMV.
[5]  "LISTEN TO THE MUSIC" WMV.
[6]  "YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING" WMV.
[7]  "STAND BY ME" WMV.
[8]  "HE'S OUT OF MY LIFE" WMV.
[9]  "LIVING IN THE U.S.A." WMV.
[10]  "ALWAYS" WMV.
TRIVIA: [] Last of the specials produced by Lynda Carter's own husband then, Ron Samuels.
[] The show was nominated for an Emmy award.
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