This NBC Souvenir Guide came out in January 1965, advertising the upcoming TV season. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color was a Sunday night headliner. The 1964-65 New York World's Fair was in full swing and included several Disney designed attractions (Small World, Great Moments with Mr Lincoln and Carousel of Progress) that would later be added to Disneyland. And Walts's movie masterpiece Mary Poppins has just garnished him several acadamy awards. Walt was indeed "King of the World".
In Jan 1965 I was just 9 years old, but already I was hooked on Disney. On weekends I usually went to my aunt Minnie's house and on Sunday evening we always watched The Wonderful World of Color (on her black and white TV set, lol) . I had by this time been to Disneyland a couple times. I even had a Disneyland Monorail lunchbox which I faithfully used everyday in elementary school. And I had recently checked out of the school library Diane Disney's biography of her dad "The Story of Walt Disney". What a great time to grow up!
Some Summer Magic
Written by Ken
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:52
Last weekend I was privileged to attend a once in a lifetime Disney event. The Morristown and Newport Theater Guide production of “Summer Magic – Flitterin’ from Film to Footlights”. Presented at a small college theater in a small town in Tennessee, this intimate setting was mostly attended by local folk with the exception of a few notable celebrities in the audience. My friend, Jim Hollifield who was deeply involved in helping put this production together, saw that I happened to be close enough to make the short drive to see the play and sent me an invitation. I was not disappointed!
The play itself pretty much followed the movie, with all the great Sherman brother’s music. However the producer, Jerry Malloy, in this adaptation skillfully added a few more Sherman brother tunes (from Happiest Millionaire) to fill out the story. He even used a song written by Al Sherman, father of the famous Sherman brothers writing duo.
The cast was made up of mostly local talent which was well rehearsed. They had a live orchestra which sounded awesome in the small theater (about 200 seats) and the backdrops were impressive. They even had a barbershop quartet! To be able to hear the wonderful music and songs from “Summer Magic” played and sung live, was a pleasure I shall not soon forget!
I mentioned earlier about celebrities in attendance. A couple of locals with Disney connections came to see the play. Mary Costa, who voiced and sang as Sleeping Beauty, and Eddie Hodges who starred in the movie version of Summer Magic. And even Richard Sherman came with his wife to see this special event. Stacia Martin, who is not only a Disney historian and artist, but also another Disney record collector, moderated a pre-play interview of Richard and Eddie about their work on the film.
It is unknown if this will be the only time this Disney classic will be performed as a play. I did find out that Disney Theatrical would be in attendance the next night, so maybe there will be future “Summer Magic” for all to enjoy. I hope so. Even though I feel special to be able to experience this special showing, I think it would be great to share it with other Disney fans that also have a love for this classic!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 19:07
Part of my childhood has died
Written by Ken
Thursday, 08 March 2012 12:31
Yesterday, Robert Sherman, the older of the famous Disney songwriting Sherman Brothers duo, passed away in his London home. So many songs from my childhood flowed from the pen of this man and his brother! When I took trips to Disneyland as a boy, I would soon run out of tickets in my book and have many hours left to explore what "free" rides and exhibits they had. My favorite was Carousel of Progress, sponsored by General Electric. I would ride it over and over again (alternated with Adventures Through Inner Space). The music would sweep over me and I would sing "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" as we moved around to each scene. At that time I had no idea who the Sherman Brothers were. I just loved the music! "Miracles from Molecules!" "It's a Small World!" "In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room!" For me, the music made the rides! Thank you Robert, for all the wonderful memories I still cherish today!
Thanks to my friend Craig Barton who took this photo of the Disneyland tribute in front of the Sherman Brother's window on Main Street USA
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 12:57
Jukebox player added!
Written by Ken
Thursday, 20 October 2011 18:45
Have you tried the Jukebox player? Look on the top menu and try it out. I have added a new way to listen to WaltsMusic. Want to listen to all Halloween or Christmas Music? Then the Jukebox is for you! It pops out so you can listen and continue to browse. Each jukebox will play hours of Disney music! Let me know if you like it! Suggestion for a Jukebox? Let me know in the forum.
TV Life from Oct 1957
Written by Ken
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 18:58
I found a 1957 "TV Guide" magazine from the Los Angeles area that includes many interesting Disney listings including an article about Mouseketeer Cubby, Zorro, and a complete week listing of the Mickey Mouse Club. Click below to see selected pages inside the magazine.