The final number was always a group sing along with the regular cast. But among the cast was always a celebrity not known for great singing, uncredited, dressed like the others, sometimes hard to recognize. He was always in the crowd, the camera would pick him out and move on. Johnny Carson and Jerry Lewis were among these. Lewis actually can be seen slipping and falling, aggravating an injury he had suffered before. See more »
The love I have for popular music today I credit to Mitch Miller. There's not a year that goes by that I don't think of him as his birthday approaches...he was 95, if I'm not mistaken, on the 4th of July. As a child, Sing Along With Mitch was the only show I was allowed to stay up to watch. My father had a reel to reel tape recorder and we would tape the shows for future listening (including the Ballantine commercials). It even got to the point where I donned mustache and beard and portrayed Mitch on Coney Island night at my church.
As the popular singers of our day revisit the songs of decades past, which lyrically and musically deserve rediscovery, I am grateful for the exposure I received with the aid of a bouncing ball.
I'd love to see these shows again, brought to life by modern technology. Even so, I will always give thanks for the memories.
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