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 »
Before Karaoke, before MTV and music videos, there was Sing Along with Mitch and his bouncing ball. (The bouncing ball was also used in the cartoon sing-alongs).
Mitch Miller was (and still is) a gifted musician and great human being. He was ahead of his time in giving artists equal opportunity. For example, the south had threatened to pull the show off the air if Leslie Uggams was not removed from the show. Yet Mitch Miller adamantly said, 'no Leslie, no show.'
How unfortunate that there are no variety shows on television anymore.
Oh, yes. This one's got DVD potential.
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